Atlas O. Phoenix, they/them/theirs, is an award-winning director, writer, producer, actor, and editor who creates films that are dark, powerful, and emotive.
“At this point in my filmmaking journey, as I embrace becoming trans-masculine, at 50, I want to create films that not only explore the darkness of the soul; I want to examine it’s flight to the light.
Queer filmmakers are an enormous inspiration to me, because our stories are powerful and are about overcoming obscene social obstacles based on our sexual orientation and gender expression. For some of us, this includes a radical bias towards the color of our skin. If we are vigilant about rejecting tropes, cliches, and tokenism, queer cinema will continue to evolve into a powerful and inspiring force for good in the world.”