Lisa Donato
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Lisa Donato is an award-winning filmmaker based in Austin and her work is dedicated to people and communities relegated to the margins. Her feature-length debut, Gossamer Folds, is about a 10-yr-old boy with an unhappy home life who strikes up an unexpected friendship with a 25-yr-old trans woman who lives next door. The film world-premiered at the highly-acclaimed Bentonville Festival (2020) and is currently touring the (virtual) film festival circuit worldwide. She co-wrote the feature film, Signature Move, which world-premiered at SXSW (2017), screened at over 150 festivals worldwide, and can currently be found on Amazon Prime. She directed the Telly-winning DocuSeries for AOL and Verizon Media about drag culture in the US called Behind The Drag, which showcases the real lives of fierce and famous drag queens. She’s earned a passionate following by telling stories that don’t shy from the unique struggles of women, queer and straight, but focus on the power, resilience, and love they demonstrate in the face of them.

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