Flavio Alves is a Brazilian film writer, director, and producer. He was granted political asylum in the United States in 1998 with the help of 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 NYU, where he received the Technisphere Award for Outstanding Achievement. His debut feature film, "The Garden Left Behind" (2019), premiered at SXSW, where it won the Audience Award. His film was also co-presented with NALIP alongside Outfest in 2018. Alves received The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Artist Academy fellowship, and has recently been selected to Ryan Murphy’s HALF Initiative Directing Program, aimed at creating equal opportunities for women and minorities behind the camera. He is also the recipient of grants from numerous organizations, including the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and Jerome Foundation. Find out more about Flavio here!