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Executive produced by LGBTQ supporter Susan Sarandon and shot by first-time filmmaker Hillevi Loven, DEEP RUN is a powerful verité portrait of trans life in rural North Carolina. Exiled by her family and rejected by an ex, 17-year-old Spazz has no one to lean on for support. But when Spazz falls in love again and summons up the courage to become Cole, a strong-willed trans man, his candid humor and steadfast, all-inclusive Christian beliefs counter the bigotry he experiences daily. This raw documentary reveals rebirth and courage within America’s deeply conservative Bible Belt.
Documentary; Intended for mature audiences (contains adult language & situations)
Director: Hillevi Loven
Hillevi Loven is a filmmaker, producer and still photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. She is making her feature-film-directing debut with the award winning Deep Run. As a Sundance Documentary Fellow, she developed Deep Run in the Sundance labs. Deep Run is the culmination of Hillevi’s own social justice work, which began with teaching media arts to LGBT youth at the NYC Hetrick Martin Institute. In collaboration with NYU 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 support from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Sundance Institute, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Frameline Completion Fund and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She has produced collaborative work with the Brooklyn art collective Uniondocs, OVO, and the Brooklyn Filmmakers’ Collective. Hillevi is an alumna of Barnard College, and the Hunter College IMA MFA program. She has produced media for Time Warner, Condé Nast, Martha Stewart and American Express, among other companies. Hillevi currently teaches media arts and communications at the City
University of New York.