An 11 year-old biracial kid growing up in “the hood” secretly dreams of trick-or-treating as Wonder Woman for Halloween.
Wonder is about the monumental events that happen when a child starts to question themselves outside the "traditional" gender system. Sammy is a 10 year-old biracial gender non conforming child (assigned Male at birth) growing up in "the hood" in Queens NY. After an encounter with a majestic Drag Queen, Sammy finds themself dreaming of trick-or-treating as Wonder Woman for Halloween. Afraid and confused of these new feelings, Sammy faces a dilemma they doesn't understand. Sammy begins questioning gender in relation to the world around them and where they/she fits on the spectrum. After they/her secret is exposed to their/her father, Frank, the two embark on a journey of "firsts" that neither are ready for.
Some stories are made for the queer community, some stories for the non-queer community. Wonder is an instrument that can bridge the gap and speak to both sides.
Over 50% of transgender and non-binary youth who don’t have family support have attempted suicide.
Only 5% of transgender and non-binary youth with family support have attempted suicide.
Our intention is to give voice to the under-represented, and to empower people to let go of ideas about who they think they have to be. This series will inspire its audience to open their hearts to the power of being genuinely true to oneself.
We look forward to partnering with the Gender and Family Project and other organizations to bring Wonder to community events as a tool to share childhood experiences of the LGBTQIA community and build a bridge with the family members who are not sure how to start a conversation with their LGBTQIA loved ones and children.
JAVIER MOLINA (CO-CREATOR / DIRECTOR / PRODUCER) was born in Puerto Rico
and raised in New Jersey. He got his MFA in directing from Pace University and is a Lifetime Member of the famed Actors Studio in NYC. In 2010 Javier was chosen to work as a directing observer in PlaywrightsHorizons production of Bruce Norris’ Clybourne
Park, directed by Tony Winner, Pam Mackinnon. Javier was also chosen as a member of the 2010 Lincoln Center Theater Director's Lab. Recent directing credits include: 2016 Best Director, 120 Hour Film Festival, The Actors Studio production of 'Motherfucker With The Hat’ and 2nd Unit on Bobby Moresco's 'Bent'.
GABRIEL FURMAN (CO- CREATOR / WRITER / PRODUCER) of Queens, NY is an actor,
writer, producer and comedian who has performed at UCB and The Pit. Gabriel started off his career as a professional Breakdancer and DJ in the underground NYC dance scene. He also wrote, produced and starred opposite Academy Award Winner Melissa Leo in the Award Winning Short 'Mother’s Day'. Recent Acting includes, TV:
'Orange Is The New Black', CBS’s 'Blue Bloods', and Netflix’s 'Daredevil'. Theatre: Judas in 'The Last Days of Judas Iscariot' (La Mama) and Pinky in 'Our Lady of 121st'. (The Actors Studio). Both were directed by fellow Actors Studio member and Academy Award Winner Estelle Parsons.
EVA MINEMAR (PRODUCER) is an award winning producer of over 50 plays, one-woman shows, branded content, TV and film. She is a member of the Actors Studio Director’s Unit, and has also conceived and directed the touring women's theatre staple, ‘Angry Jello Bubbles’, which was performed at the United Nations for International Women's Day. Eva is also the Co-founder and Artistic Director of both LA LUPA Italian Cultural Arts Festival (LA LUPA FEST), and the Artistic Director of The Piano Store Theatre in NYC. She continues to fulfill her lifelong desire to provide opportunities and support for women in the theatrical arts, giving women writers a voice and opportunity to have their work performed world-wide.
PAOLO MONICO (PRODUCER) was born and raised in Italy, in the past 20 years Paolo has been a cartoon animator, a storyboard artist, an assistant production designer, a 1st AD, a director and a father. He moved to New York in 2006 and he’s now an American citizen and a proud member of the DGA. Throughout his directing career, Paolo helmed 25 music videos, 150 commercials and a TV movie for Italian TV. He writes, directs and produces short films and web content through Pogo Piggybackers, his NY-based production company and he is currently developing a limited series based on “The Mother,” his award-winning short film inspired by the mystery surrounding the death of his father.
POOYA MOHSENI (ADVISING CONSULTANT) is an Iranian/American actor, writer and activist, born and raised in Tehran, Iran, based in New York City. She moved to New York in her teens and after joining the FIT theatre ensemble and discovered her love of acting and story telling. Pooya is fluent in Persian(Farsi), a Transgender advocate, as well as a voice for immigrants’ and women’s issues. She is also involved in writing and co-writing original LGBT stories to shed light on an otherwise under represented community, in NYC.
ELIA LYSSY (CINEMATOGRAPHER) is a native of Switzerland and based in New York since 1988. After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he started his career as a cinematographer. In over 30 years, Elia’s work consists of numerous features, shorts, and TV, including VICE and the critically acclaimed 'Astoria', about the coming of age in a Greek neighborhood. He was awarded the Kodak Vision Award for his work on Matthew Mailer’s 'The Money Shot' and a Telly Award for 'The Virtual Magician'. Most recently, Elia was the cinematographer
and co-director of the feature comedy, 'The Final Touch'. In front of the camera, he teaches the craft as a guest lecturer at NYU and Hunter College.
GOYA ROBLES (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER) is an American actor of Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian descent. His portrayal of heart breaking, volatile, vulnerable characters are a stamp in all of his work. He is playing the role of Yago as a series regular alongside Chris O'Dowd and Ray Romano in EPIX's 'Get Shorty'. He has starred in numerous independent films, including a lead role as Teyo in the film 11:55, starring John Leguizamo, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Julia Stiles. Goya is also a slam poet; his first compilation of poems was released at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe under the title, Spit My Soul. He is a Lifetime Member of the Actors Studio and holds an MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in NYC.
CAST & CREW
SAMMY (Benji Siegel)
TISHA (Farrah Faucette)
DESHAWN (Aiveri Wells)
TITO (Nico Bustamante)
FRANK (Gabriel Furman)
HENNY (Delissa Reynolds)
QUEEN (Jamyl Dobson)
THERESA (Barbara Spiegel)
EDITOR Marco Ferrara
FIRST AC Jeff Tan
KEY GRIP Genesis Cabrera
GAFFER Tannie Xin Tang
SECOND AC Kristin Zahra
STILL PHOTOGRAPHERS - Peini Chen & Sehee Kim
PRODUCTION SOUND MIXER Connor Donahue
COSTUME & MAKEUP Rita Mae Sylvester
PRODUCTION DESIGN BY Scott Michael Salame
ART DEPARTMENT Dani Marco
UNIT PRODUCTION MANAGER Dolores Diaz
FIRST AD Nialaney Rodriguez
SECOND AD Shashwat Gupta
SCRIPT SUPERVISOR Gabrielle Rice
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Aprella Godfrey Barule
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Margherita Monico
DRIVER Tony Lepore
COMPOSER Alex Symcox
COLOR CORRECTION Adriano Mestroni
SOUND DESIGN AND MIX BY Rex Recker
VISUAL EFFECTS Mark Palkoski
TITLES AND GRAPHICS Kristin Zahra
NEWS & AWARDS
We are proud to announce that 'Wonder' has received a grant and is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council onthe Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in
partnership with the City Council.