Our Skin

What a fantastic year! "Our Skin" had its first preview at Northwestern University 1 year ago! Since then the film has played in Chicago, Los Angeles, Lisbon, Toronto, London, Sydney, Nyon, Berlin and it's not yet over! Where are we going next?

Time Out & Press

Woow! According to Time Out Lisbon, Our Skin is 1 of the 5 films to not miss at DocLisboa: International Film Festival. I am extremely honored for this mentioning. If you are in Lisbon,  check it out on page 67 of the weekly magazine!

Dezanove, a Portuguese Online Newspaper, also highlighted Our Skin as one of the films to look forward at DocLisboa! Here is it: http://dezanove.pt/os-filmes-lgbti-a-nao-perder-do-1005026

Premiere in New York & Lisbon

What an honor! Extremely happy to have premiere my lastest hybrid documentary Our Skin at NewFest: New York LGBT Film Festival and at DocLisboa: International Film Festival! What a dream it is to screen your work internationally and create meaningful discussions about gender, sexuality and PTSD. Thank you NewFest and DocLisboa for being now a part of the film's history.

Here is a trailer of DocLisboa in which Our Skin was included and a few photos of both festivals:

Booth

Another exciting collaboration is in the works, Booth. Written and co-produced by Roger Q. Mason, the short-film brings together the unique vision of Jesseca Simmons and Shuhan Fan as cinematographers, Gabrielle Chabot as the head of costumes, hair & make-up, and Vincent L. Povázsay as the composer. Booth stars Fergus Inder and chronicles the assassination of the 16th US President Abraham Lincoln through the  point-of-view of his murderer, John Wilkes Booth. I'm sharing the roles of co-producer, editor/director...

Northwestern Graduation

After 2-years attending the MFA in Documentary Media at Northwestern University, I graduated today along with 12 of my favorite people in the world! Special shout out to Shuhan Fan and Jesseca Simmons whom I fell in love with. So much talent!  And, of course, a special thanks to my spouse Kevin without whom I wouldn't have been able to graduate from Northwestern. Kevin graduated from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. 

Congratulations to all, and I couldn't be more excited for the future! 

MFA Media Showcase

Our Skin had its first private screening at Northwestern University at the Block Museum. Very special thanks to the Hoffman Foundation, and for all that were able to make it and support the inaugural class of the MFA in Documentary Media!

A/S/L

Age, Sex, Location is a one man show that takes a piercing look at societal taboos, internalized homophobia and the limits of gender norms. The play stars the writer Roger Q. Mason and premiered at Center on Halsted in 2015. The play has also been staged in Chicago's Stage 773  and Alvina Krause Studio in Evanston. I'm currently directing an off-broadway production in New York City that will debut in January 2017. 

 Roger and I in a Q&A session following the debut of A/S/L at Alvina Krause Studio, Evanston.

Roger and I in a Q&A session following the debut of A/S/L at Alvina Krause Studio, Evanston.

Reeling Film Festival

Red Carpet at Reeling Film Festival at the Music Box in Chicago during the premiere of Skye co-directed with Shuhan Fan:

Left to right: Sarah M. Rubin (Shorts Co-Programmer at Reeling), Kevin Gorey (Skye's Producer), Roger Q. Mason (Northwestern Student), João Queiroga (Co-Director of Skye), Raul Esparza III (Assistant Deputy Director Illinois Film Office) 

Queergasm 2015!

Partnering with Center on Halsted, I have the fun opportunity to curate the performance art event, Queergasm 2015! The sixth annual interdisciplinary program featured Chicago-based artists who questioned the relationship between intimacy, art, and queerness. While exploring the theme of Intimacies & Outimacies this is an evening of debauchery, satirical and poetic performances that made everyone Queergasm! 

Portuguese LGBTQ Media Awards

An incredible honor to partner with rede ex aequo to co-host Prémios Média with Alexandra Santos and celebrate the best of Portuguese media that celebrates LGBTQ narratives and challenge homofobia and heteronormativity.

 João Queiroga in Teatro São Luiz

João Queiroga in Teatro São Luiz

Cinema/Chicago

Working at Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago Film Festival was one of the most challenging and fun experiences that I ever have. A dream team to work with and the once-in-a-life-chance to meet directors, producers and actors from all over the world!  From the different Festivals, TV Awards and Summer Screenings I loved ever moment of it! 

Featured in the Chicago Tribune

fantasticTV

Very honored to be featured in the Portuguese fantasticTV media outlet. Muito, muitíssimo obrigado!