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 the City University of New York 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 to then-New York mayoral candidate 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 over 20 films and directed five, including The Secret Friend (2010), which has been shown in numerous festivals. His most recent completed project, Tom in America (2014), featuring an ensemble cast that includes two Academy Award nominees, Burt Young and Sally Kirkland, premiered at the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Flavio is currently in post-production for his upcoming film, The Garden Left Behind, starring Michael Madsen and Ed Asner. The Garden Left Behind is Alves’s first feature length film as a director and it is scheduled to be released Fall 2017.

Flavio Alves is the founder of Queens Pictures, a New York-based film production company.

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