Uncork’d Entertainment and Dark Star Pictures Announce
the U.S. Virtual Theatrical and VOD Release of
THE GARDEN LEFT BEHIND
Winner of SXSW’s Audience Award and Named One
of the Best LGBTQ Films of All Time by Rotten Tomatoes,
Flavio Alves’s Moving Drama of an Undocumented Mexican Trans Woman in New York City, Opens Friday, August 28
on Virtual Cinemas, and on Tuesday, September 8 on VOD
Uncork’d Entertainment and Dark Star Pictures are proud to announce the U.S. virtual theatrical and VOD release of The Garden Left Behind, the debut feature by Flavio Alves.
Named one of the best LGBTQ films of all time by Rotten Tomatoes, and winner of numerous awards including the Visions Audience Award at SXSW and the New Directors Grand Jury Prize at the Nashville Film Festival, the indie drama opens on virtual cinemas across the country on Friday, August 28, followed by a VOD release on Tuesday, September 8.
A hit at numerous film festivals including Outfest, Frameline, and Woodstock, The Garden Left Behind tells the story of Tina (Carlie Guevara in a breakthrough performance), a young Mexican trans woman who lives with her grandmother Eliana (Miriam Cruz) in New York City as she navigates her transition and the pair struggle to build a life for themselves as undocumented immigrants. As Tina begins the process of transitioning, Eliana struggles to understand Tina and fears that their life together in America is no longer what they bargained for.
Tina finds camaraderie in a small but mighty transgender advocate group but soon ends up having to fight for the life that she’s meant to live—facing violent threats, seemingly insurmountable medical costs, questions about her legal immigration status, and increasing skepticism from the man she loves. As she begins to lose all hope, Tina has unknowingly become the only hope for a shy young man who has been watching her closely from afar.
Featuring an authentic cast, with transgender actors in trans roles and Latinx performers in Latinx roles, The Garden Left Behind became the first independent film to be partially crowdfunded through eBay (ebaymyfilm.com) and received support from organizations such as GLAAD, Jerome Foundation, NYSCA, Trans Filmmakers Project, IFP Narrative Lab, NALIP, and Film at Lincoln Center, among others. Alves’s unsentimental drama is committed to exploring the challenges faced by the transgender community as a whole by capturing their experiences through Tina’s journey on screen.
“A clear-eyed, poignant yet unsentimental drama… a moving little indie.”
– Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter
“An assured, poignant first feature from Brazilian writer/director Flavio Alves…
The film effectively uses the trials of an individual life to illuminate the prejudices faced by a wider community.”
—Allan Hunter, Screen International
THE GARDEN LEFT BEHIND. USA, 2019, 88 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. Directed by Flavio Alves; Written by John Rotondo and Flavio Alves; Producer: Roy Wol; Executive Producers: Adam Beasley, Max Berger, Waqas Khan; Co-Producers: Kristen Parker Lovell, John Flynn and Frances Lozada; Associate Producers: Devin Lowe and Andrew Daniels; Director of Photography: Koshi Kiyokawa: Editors: Alex Lora and Frank Dale Arroyo; Production Designer: Kimberly Matela; Music: Robert Pycior; Casting Director: Caroline Sinclair; Costume Designer: Steve Iskowitz. Starring: Carlie Guevara (Tina), Michael Madsen (Kevin), Ed Asner (Dr. Cleary), Danny Flaherty (Oscar), Alex Kruz (Jason), Tamara M. Williams (Carol), and Miriam Cruz (Eliana). An Uncork’d Entertainment / Dark Star Pictures release.
About the filmmaker:
Brazilian-born writer, director, and producer, Flavio Alves was granted political asylum in the United States in 1998. He earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Columbia University. After graduating, Alves worked as an assistant to then-New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY). In 2007, Flavio returned to school to study film production at New York University, where he received the Technisphere Award for Outstanding Achievement. He has produced over twenty films and directed six, includingThe Secret Friend (2010) and Tom in America (2014). In 2018, Alves received The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Artist Academy fellowship. Alves is the founder of Queens Pictures, a New York-based film production company.