THE SWAN
(22 min) Mexico/US
[watch trailer]

SUNDAY 10/29, 1:00 PM (Session 24)

Director: Daniel Chávez Ontiveros
Producers: Daniel Chávez Ontiveros, Eréndira Olivera Benítez

Description:
Sthefany Galante is a Mexican trans woman who migrated to the US after experiencing gender discrimination in her hometown. After being away from home for six years, Sthefany is preparing for an imminent trip to Hidalgo, Mexico to confront her parents about her gender identity.

Biography:
Daniel Chávez Ontiveros was born and raised in Mexico City. He studied media and communication science at the Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM-CCM), where he discovered his passion for audiovisual storytelling. Later on, he was accepted at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematograficos (CUEC-UNAM), where he studied a very intensive program in filmmaking. During these years he participated in the making of diverse fiction and documentary films developing skills on direction, cinematography, editing, writing, sound design, and film production. He has directed several short films that have been screened in diverse cultural venues around Mexico. In addition, two of his short films, Toucan and Milo's animals, have won prizes at the Hazlo en Cortometraje Film Festival, a festival that promotes environmental sustainability and ecological culture. In 2013, he started his own audiovisual company, named Think Films, which is primarily dedicated in making documentaries for nonprofit organizations such as Oxfam, Save the Children, and Marie Stopes. These documentaries are focused on topics such as worldwide migration, protection of human rights, and wilderness preservation. He graduated from an MFA program in documentary film and video at Stanford University.

Contact Information:
e: danielenr@hotmail.com
w: www.dchavezontiveros.com/el-cisne/


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