This year at Slant, we are excited to present a free discussion with award-winning filmmaker PJ Raval. Known for his success in both the Asian American and GLBT film community, PJ will talk about his experiences with niche markets of the indie filmmaking world.
PJ’s work first debuted at Slant in 2003 with a 4-minute film, Clean, about a man whose obsession with cleanliness turns into absurdity. At Slant 7, we screened Lead Role: Father, in which a film director holds auditions for a film about his family. When his real-life father appears to read for part of the father, past and present intertwine, roles are reversed, and the director is forced to confront his own fears and realizations. See PJ talk about the film in the clip below. You can also watch Lead Role: Father on IMDB here.
PJ recently completed a documentary, Trinidad about Trinidad, Colorado, which is known as the sex-change capital of the world. The 85-minute documentary follows 3 influential transgender women whose impact on Trinidad may steer the rural ranching town toward becoming the “transsexual mecca.”
Named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2006, PJ is now in development on several projects, including a documentary about LGBTQ-friendly retirement communities and a narrative script and coming-of-age tale about a 15-year-old suburban skater boy.
We hope you’ll join us for the free discussion with PJ. It takes place Sunday, May 23, 1 pm at the Aurora Picture Show offices at 1524 Sul Ross, right across the street from the Menil Collection.