SHON KEANE (formerly AGUSTIN McCARTHY) is a non-binary New Yorker who writes about people learning to love and laugh while living with catastrophe - both real and imagined.
Their films have screened at festivals worldwide, including Telluride where their teen misfit dramedy THE PROM QUEEN was selected for the “Filmmakers of Tomorrow” section. A graduate of the Columbia University School of the Arts, Shon has written a variety of award-winning screenplays including PANSY, a queer coming-of-age forbidden love story, which won the Emerging Narrative Screenplay Award at the Independent Feature Project, the Rhode Island Film Festival and the Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition.
Shon is currently directing the feature documentary TRANSCESTORS about trans people on a road trip searching for their ancestors, including Shon’s gender non-conforming childhood role model Bernie, who cleaned houses in the suburbs of Boston in the 1970s. They have recently completed the short IT’S ON FIRE, which documents a campfire gathering at Fantasia Fair, the oldest transgender conference in the world.
A former modern dancer and choreographer, Shon is also a yoga instructor who worked for ten years at a recovery program for adolescents, leading mindfulness and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) sessions. In their spare time they can be found in Central Park standing on their hands, staring at trees or spinning like a whirling dervish.