Deep Run Directed
Hillevi Loven USA / 2015 / 75 minutes East Coast Premiere
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Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Hillevi Loven, Samara Levenstein, Chris Talbott
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Growing up is difficult. But when you are a boy living in the body of a girl in rural North Carolina, life can be extremely complicated. Meet 17-year-old Spazz, exiled by her family, rejected by her ex, with no one to lean on for support. When Spazz falls in love again, she finds the courage to transition to Cole Ray Davis, a gutsy trans young man. Directed by social justice activist Hillevi Loven and executive produced by LGBTQ supporter Susan Sarandon, Deep Run is Cole's coming-of-age and coming-out story. It is also an intimate exploration of young outsiders in an insular Christian community, whose candid humor and steadfast beliefs help them face the harsh, gritty reality of their daily lives. With a small group of supportive friends, relatives, and his girlfriend, Ashley, Cole's search for love and belonging leads him to a radical revision of what faith and church can be.
- Ben F. Fischer
Hillevi Loven is a filmmaker, producer and still photographer based in Brooklyn. She is making her feature-film-directing debut with Deep Run. In collaboration with MIT anthropologist Natasha Schull, she co-directed the
documentary, Buffet: All You Can Eat Las Vegas, which won Best Short from the Society of Visual Anthropology. As an artist, she has received funding and support from New York State Council on the Arts, New York
Foundation for the Arts and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her commercial work includes projects for Conde Nast, American Express and Time Inc. She has produced collaborative work with the Brooklyn art collectives Uniondocs, OVO, and the Brooklyn Filmmakers' Collective.
Hillevi is an alumna of Barnard College, and the Hunter College IMA MFA program.
Deep Run is the culmination of years of Hillevi's own social justice work, which began with teaching media arts to LGBT youth at the Hetrick Martin
Institute in NYC.
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