Winner: BEST LGBTQ SHORT
Cast: Benji Seigel, Nico Bustamante, Gabriel Furman, Farrah Faucette, Aiveri Wells, Delissa Reynolds
Crew: Producers: Gabriel Furman, Javier Molina, Paolo Monico, Eva Minemar – Screenwriters: Gabriel Furman
An 11 year-old kid growing up in “the hood” secretly dreams of trick-or-treating as Wonder Woman for Halloween.
Javier Molina was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New Jersey. He received his MFA in directing from Pace University and is a Lifetime Member of the Actors Studio in NYC . In 2010 Javier was chosen to work as a directing observer in the Playwrights Horizons production of Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park, directed by Tony Winner, Pam Mackinnon. Javier was also chosen as a member of the 2010 Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab. Recent directing credits include: 2016 Best Director, 120 Hour Film Festival, The Actors Studio production of Motherfucker With The Hat and 2nd Unit on Bobby Moresco’s Bent. Recently Javier was awarded the “Emerging Artist Award” presented to him by Academy Award Winner Estelle Parsons on behalf of the Theatre Hall of Fame in New York City.
I WONDER what life would be like if kids were given the opportunity to discover their truth, the way they see it, in a safe place? This generation is asking hard questions, forcing us to see that our conditioning is outdated and society is in need of re-education. Too many souls are being told who to be and how to be it. We have a choice: either to accept, nourish, support, and watch our kids grow into more powerful versions – upgrades of us – or, we can continue to condition them with old and outdated belief systems that have already proven not to work. I believe we are well past the days of “women belong in the kitchen” and “men don’t cry”. I grew up miseducated with the conditioning that “men don’t cry”, which forced me to shut down all of my emotions. I went about life thinking that being a real man meant I had to be a womanizer, be violent, sell drugs, and drink. I now know that was unhealthy, and even though I learned valuable life lessons, I would have preferred the allowance to cry. Unfortunately, that’s not what society taught me in the streets, at school, or at home. When I first decided to walk away from the streets and challenge my conditioning, I was scared. I thought the people I loved would judge me. In reality it was quite the opposite. What I found was that they truly loved me unconditionally, and by me standing in my truth and finding my voice, I gave them a little bit of permission to do the same. Wonder is about Sammy finding the courage to explore regardless of what society says is right or wrong. It forces his father Frank to see if he can find the courage to love his son unconditionally or stay stuck in his own systematic conditioning. It’s about starting a conversation that will one day lead to a society where our differences are embraced as an important part of our unique greatness.