Auto Body

Set in Queens, New York - Auto Body follows Sebastian, a young drag queen struggling to embrace their identity while grappling with their relationship with Manuel; their father who has blinders set on his car repair shop in Willets Point. Throughout the summer of 2011, the two face trials, tribulations, and an undeniable opportunity that will test the absolute limits of their relationship. Can Manuel grow to accept his child and be the father they need, or will Sebastian have to accept that this ride of life is one that must be driven through without Manuel?

  • Gabriel "Flashpaper" Cavounis
  • Gabriel "Flashpaper" Cavounis
  • Michael Cavounis
  • Nelson Ayala
  • George Soto
  • Gabriel "Flashpaper" Cavounis
  • Show Dolliana
    Key Cast
    "Sebastian / Acceleratah"
  • Mario Marin
    Key Cast
  • Genesis Mancheren Abaj
    Key Cast
    And Just Like That...
  • Robert Garcia
    Key Cast
    "Lady Noche"
  • Billy Soco
    Key Cast
  • Diego B Garcia
    Assistant Directors
  • Ania Jackson
    Assistant Directors
  • Yan "Gringo" Simas
  • Myles Caba
  • Jai Jackson
  • Reuben Rogak
  • Gabriel "Flashpaper" Cavounis
    Additonal Editing Contributions
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    27 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 29, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - School of Visual Arts
Director Biography - Gabriel "Flashpaper" Cavounis

from Queens, New York - with nearly a decade of film & media experience and education, Gabriel has fiercely documented his own coming-of-age through narrative concepts that delve into the experiences of loss, grief, love, and self-triumph. Now, his growing body of work concentrates on his identity as a gay Latiné observer of New York City through stories and concepts that articulate the metamorphosis of the self through its own myriad of cross-sections that he continues to discover. Like his moniker and namesake of newfound Flashpaper Films, Gabriel’s ultimate prospect is to cherish and elevate other creative voices from his communities in parading that diversity in film - in all of its bright and blazing glory - will forever be the moment.

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Director Statement

As a young spectator of my own community, AUTO BODY is the magnum opus that reflects the complexities that I witnessed when coming into my own and realizing it was just scratching the paint compared to my counterparts' experiences. My hope is for audiences to see this generational and social dissonance, resonate with that pain, and come together through heartache, love, and a damn fierce lipsync.