ABOUT THE TEAM
AIDS DIVA: THE LEGEND OF CONNIE NORMAN
DIRECTOR DANTE ALENCASTRE
PRODUCERS DANTE ALENCASTRE, JOHN JOHNSTON
WRITER / RESEARCHER JOHN JOHNSTON
EDITORS ANDREW KIMERY, MARCOS NIEVES,
PRISCILA ALEGRIA NUNEZ, MARK DASHNAW
CINEMATOGRAPHY PRISCILA ALEGRIA NUNEZ, MARCOS NIEVES
SOUND GEORGE TATAJE, IGOR KOGAN, MAJOR LATIMER
MUSIC JASE HILL, MERISSA MAGDAEL-LAURON, MOBYGRATIS
Dante Alencastre is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and LGBT community activist based in West Hollywood. His filmmaking and work on the boards of Los Angeles LGBT arts organizations, and political and community groups is focused particularly on the overlapping Latinx Transgender and Gender non-conforming sub-tribes within the community. He is currently director of the California LGBT Arts Alliance.
Dante found his personal calling documenting the lives of LGBT individuals and communities during a trip to his native Peru, resulting in the 2007 award-winning film En El Fuego (In the Fire ) (2007) (LA Outfest Audience Award), and later, El Fuego Dentro (The Fire Inside) ( 2012), documenting the lives and struggles of a group of trans activists in Lima.
Dante's film,Transvisible: Bamby Salcedo's Story ( 2013), documented the powerful Trans Latina activist embarking on her community-based work. Raising Zoey (2016 ) follows the story of a 13-year-old Latina trans girl and her highly supportive mother, through discrimination towards advocacy. Both premiered at Outfest and toured widely. This film, AIDS DIVA: The Legend of Connie Norman (2021) revives a remarkable figure in AIDS activism and early trans advocacy and her continuing influence on her surviving activist colleagues today.