World Premiere

DIRECTED BY Juan Carlos Zaldivar

Country: USA
Language: English

Running Time: 19min
Film Year: 2017
Category: Florida Focus

When J (an adolescent trans woman previously known as Jesus) told her manic depressive mother, Mary Jane, that he wanted to be a woman, her mother had a heart attack. Now in the attempt to reconnect with her amnesic mother J is making a movie to sort things out. When the two meet again, the first time as women,at an innocent, weekend adventure they manage to keep their monsters at bay.Protected by their new identities, the two women find a best friend in each other. They also find an opportunity to step outside their prescribed roles of mother and son and to evolve into personalities that are closer to their core. “Alterations” mixes a colorful and seemingly innocent style with a dark, rich palette of emotional character undertones by using non-actors in surreal, little known, Miami settings.

This film is also featured in the 2017 Film Festival’s Short Competition Film Category.

This film screens as a collection of LOVE IS THE ANSWER VOL.1 Shorts Program.


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Director: Juan Carlos Zaldivar
Producer: Juan Carlos Zaldivar, Andres Garzas, Eric Gottlieb
Screenwriter: Juan Carlos Zaldivar

Music: Nosy Mangabe
Cinematographer: Andres Garzas
Editor: Juan Carlos Zaldivar

Juan Carlos Zaldivar

Cuban-born, Zaldívar lives and works in the United States. His film and video art works have screened at many festivals worldwide and broadcast on PBS, ABC, IFC, Showtime and WE. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards. He is co-founder of the Miami Filmmakers Collective.