Trans Latina actor-director to deliver keynote address at Reel Out Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Nava Mau is a trans Latina filmmaker from Mexico City and San Antonio, Texas. Her short film, “Waking Hour,” is set to screen at Reel Out Charlotte, the Queen City’s annual LGBTQ film festival and a program of Charlotte Pride. The short film is Mau’s debut as a director, writer, and actress. The successful crowdfunding campaign that financed the film is a triumph for its crew of largely queer and trans people of color, as well as underrepresented talents in general. Mau will also deliver the keynote address at the festival’s opening reception.

In “Waking Hour,” a young trans woman navigates the electricity of mutual attraction and the ugliness of transphobia as a potential lover pursues her at a party. Mau’s personal experiences dating as a trans woman inspired the anxious story of main characters Sofia and Isaac. Though the film revolves around a Latina trans woman’s experience, its questions about consent, fear, and integrity are universal.

With no formal training in film, the only way Mau could imagine bringing Waking Hour to life was by asking her community for help. She took a chance on herself, and 134 donors were willing to bet on her ability to write, produce, direct, and star in her debut short film. Countless others contributed to the effort by donating their time, skills, and resources. Waking Hour quickly became personal for its cast and crew, as it became clear the story they were telling was much larger than themselves.

Mau’s keynote address and the “Waking Hour” East Coast premiere will be at Reel Out Charlotte’s opening reception on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at Camp North End in Charlotte, N.C. For a full schedule and free tickets, visit the Reel Out Charlotte page. More information and media can be found at the official “Waking Hour” website. Visit for more about Nava Mau.

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Cast: Nava Mau, Rafael Cabrera
Writer-Director: Nava Mau
Producers: Nava Mau, Chloe Webster
Director of Photography: Aja Pop
Editor: Sowj Kudva

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