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Reeves Gift

University of Southern California

Cinematic Arts



CAA Point Scholarship

Reeves Gift is a Trinidadian filmmaker from the D.C./Maryland/Virginia-Metropolitan area. Spending his childhood between Trinidad and the United States, he fostered a love for storytelling and traditional folklore. During adolescence, he was one of the first transgender homecoming kings in Maryland and has since fostered new acceptance for transgender and gender nonconforming students at his high school. Reeves lived without his biological family in his senior year of high school, which he spent homeless. These months were spent drifting throughout the east coast and struggling through school. A turning point in his life happened when he finished senior year with both a high school diploma and an associate's degree, and he was accepted into the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. For the first time in a long time, college life offered him stability and support. Since then Reeves has gone on to write for various publications, including HER Social App and the National Center for Transgender Equality. Additionally, he has also completed photography and video projects for Los Angeles County and PBS SoCal. These experiences have led him to go forward in life in a new way, acknowledging that he is more than the damage done to him. At the end of the day, Reeves remains an advocate for decolonization, sex workers, homeless transgender youth of color, and an individual who dreams and hopes for a better future for all.

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