June 1st

‘June 1st’ is a quiet meditation on the insecurities of young artists which follows Megan, an aspiring model living in South Florida on her 16th birthday, as she reflects upon her dreams for the future and her turbulent relationship with her mother.

  • Rio Angelo
  • Rio Angelo
  • Rio Angelo
  • June Vinette
    Key Cast
    "Megan "
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Coming of Age
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 24, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    60 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - FLVS
Director Biography - Rio Angelo

Rio Angelo is an 18 year old Queer Afro-Honduran Director and Writer who immigrated to the US at age 12. A month after graduating high school, Rio began production on their micro-budget self-produced short film ‘June 1st.’

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Director Statement

As many black directors before me strived to do, I seek to explore the often neglected aspects of my community, while also bringing light to the lack of weight that queer voices hold in black spaces. I want my films to be an opportunity to bring myself and people like me into spaces which we have otherwise been barred from. Our generation is full of young artists fighting to be heard- and in a time in which intolerance only seems to grow, we hope that art and film can be the platforms for our protection, and for our expression.

‘June 1st’ is an intimate look into teenage self-discovery, and the frustration of immigrant children within inter-generational relationships. And an attempt for us as filmmakers to examine our own upbringings, and how art allowed us to survive.