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TOM IN AMERICA
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TOM IN AMERICA
 
Queens Premiere

Director: Flavio Alves

Brazil, 2014, 16min
Format: Digital (screening) - RED (shooting)
Festival Year: 2016
Category: Short Narrative
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Cast:  Burt Young, Sally Kirkland, Alex Kruz, Michael Cannon, Mitch Giannunzio, Wendy Callard-Booz, Jacques Mitchell, Denise Hungerford, Dawn Young
Crew:  Producers: Roy Gokay Wol - Cinematographer: Jordan Parrott - Editor: Carlos Flores, Julian Amaro - Composer: Jack Woodbridge
Email:  flavalvesgmail.com
web:  www.tominamerica.com

synopsis
For 50 years, Michael and Betty have been united by one guiding principle: no secrets. But when a provocative Tom of Finland doll triggers Michael's long-buried desires, Betty discovers that secrets have been part of their life all along. With long-held mysteries thrust into the open, the foundation of their marriage and the path of their golden years is suddenly rocked. Now, they must redefine their future, and decide if it is one their love can survive.

director
Flavio Alves is a Brazilian writer, film director and producer. He was granted political asylum in the United States in 1998 with the help of the Immigrants and Refugee Rights Clinic at the City University of New York School of Law. Shortly thereafter, he attended Columbia University, where he earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science. After graduating, Alves worked as an assistant to then-New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and to then-New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner (D-NY). In 2007, Flavio returned to school to study film production at New York University, where he received the Technisphere Award for Outstanding Achievement. Since then, he has directed and produced more than 20 films. His previous film, The Secret Friend, premiered at the 2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival and has entered more than 90 film festivals around the world. The Secret Friend received 24 awards, including Best Short Film at Cleveland International Film Festival, Amsterdam Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, and Savannah Film Festival. Flavio Alves holds an MFA from City College of New York, and is the founder of Queens Pictures, a New York-based film production company.
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