Private Project


A young skater and older gentleman discuss life, community, and activism while getting tested at a HIV clinic.

  • Salvador Rubio
  • Salvador Rubio
  • Savannah Rodgers
  • Lexter Santana
    Key Cast
  • Ralph Cole Jr
    Key Cast
  • Manny Zaldivar
    Key Cast
  • Samiyah Swann
    Key Cast
    "Front Desk Attendant "
  • Thomas J Hilton
    Key Cast
    "Patient A"
  • Kelsey Jones
    Production Designer
  • Raven Stevenson
  • Amanda Bliss Taylor
  • Sherrie Henderson
    Casting Director
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  • Runtime:
    8 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 20, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • OutFest Los Angeles
    Los Angeles
    United States
    July 28, 2019
    World Premiere
Director Biography - Salvador Rubio

Sal Rubio crafts narratives through a variety of mediums such as design, photography, and film. He believes that storytelling changes hearts, and with enough bravery, the world. He is a recent OutSet fellow, writing and directing his first short film, “PROTECTED”. He also volunteers at the LA LGBT Center, organizing with queer youth and teaches them the importance of owning their experiences/identities. With a commitment to community, Sal seeks to use story as a way to uplift himself and everyone around him.

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Director Statement

What I’ve come to understand as a writer is that there are stories that never leave us. Protected lay dormant in me for years before I was able to look within. My sexual assault created a deep sense of shame that haunted me. Though this story was conceived on a whim upon further inspection I realized that it was the narrative that I had been searching for these past five years. I was inspired by Cheryl Dunye and the idea that we are the authors of our own history. Following my assault, I went to get tested in solitude. Nobody knew about it except me and the lonesome experience was harrowing and difficult to carry. I wrote this film to imagine what it would have been like had somebody been there. Writing and directing this story was the impetus for my healing process. It gave me the permission to be and not let this incident define me. As it has soothed me I hope you too will find yourself in it and come to understand that no matter what you might be going through, you will be okay.