Flavio Alves is a Brazilian writer, film director, and producer. He was granted political asylum in the United States in 1998 with the help of the Immigrants and Refugee Rights Clinic at New York University's School of Law. Shortly thereafter, he attended Columbia University, where he earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science. After graduating, Alves worked as an assistant to then-New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and Former Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY).

In 2007, Flavio returned to school to study film production at New York University, where he received the Technisphere Award for Outstanding Achievement. Since then, he has produced more than twenty films. His most recent completed project, The Secret Friend, premiered at the 2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival and has entered more than 90 film festivals around the world. The Secret Friend received 23 awards, including Best Short Film at Cleveland International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, and Savannah Film Festival.

In 2008, Flavio Alves founded Queens Pictures, a New York-based film production company and, since then, has helped to produce several films. He is currently working in post-production on his upcoming film, Tom in America, featuring an ensemble cast that includes two Academy Award nominees, Burt Young and Sally Kirkland. The film is set to be released in 2014.

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