Talent Guide

PJ Raval

  • Discipline:Director, Producer
  • Program Year:Documentary Lab 2011, Fast Track 2012


Named one of Out Magazine’s Out 100 2010 and Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film 2006,” PJ Raval is an award-winning filmmaker whose credits include Trinidad (Winner, Best Documentary Cleveland International Film Festival 2009, Showtime, LOGO), the Christeene video collection (SXSW), and his current in-progress documentary about LGBT seniors and retirees. Raval is also currently developing a feature fiction narrative with acclaimed screenwriter and playwright Prince Gomolvilas and recently directed a segment called Rantings as part of the 2011 remake of Richard Linklater’s indie classic Slacker.

Also an award-winning cinematographer, Raval’s work has earned him awards such as the ASC Charles B. Lang Jr. Heritage Award as well as the Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography. Raval’s work includes the 2009 Academy Award-nominated Trouble the Water as well as the Film Independent Spirit Award-nominated Room. He recently wrapped the highly anticipated feature The Bounceback directed by Bryan Poyser. In his spare time, Raval likes to try and take small naps and pretend he knows ballet.

Current Project

Before You Know It


Set against the backdrop of three unique retirement communities, Before You Know It captures the experiences of several gay seniors as they navigate the adventures, challenges and surprises of their golden years.