The Garden Left Behind

/The Garden Left Behind

The Garden Left Behind


Thursday May 9th - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Skylight 4

Friday May 10th - 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Skylight 3

The Garden Left Behind is the heart-rending story of Tina (Carlie Guevara), a beautiful 30-year-old Mexican trans woman, and Eliana (Miriam Cruz), her grandmother, as they navigate Tina’s transition and struggle as undocumented immigrants in New York City. Their dreams are at odds: Eliana longs for Mexico, while Tina, who has been in NYC since she was six years old, is there to stay. Tina perseveres, earning money for her transition as a gypsy cab driver while under the care of kind-hearted psychologist Dr. Cleary (Ed Asner). When she joins a trans advocacy group, Tina gains courage and dignity, along with a secret admirer, Chris (Anthony Abdo), who works in the neighborhood bodega and longs for a different life as much as Tina does.

Directed by Flavio Alves and featuring an authentic cast, with transgender actors in trans roles and Latinx performers in Latinx roles, THE GARDEN LEFT BEHIND also stars Anthony Abdo, Tamara Williams, Ivana Black, Kristen Lovell, Danny Flaherty, Alex Kruz, Michael Madsen, and Ed Asner. The film is the first independent film to be partially crowdfunded through eBay ( and received support from organizations such as GLAAD, Jerome Foundation, NYSCA, Trans Filmmakers Project, IFP Narrative Lab, and Film Society of Lincoln Center, among others. The filmmakers are committed to exploring the challenges faced by the transgender community as a whole by capturing their experiences through Tina’s journey on screen.

Director(s): FLAVIO ALVES

Writer(s): John Rotondo, Flavio Alves

Producer(s): Roy Wol

Editor(s): Alex Lora

Cinematographer(s): Koshi Kiyokawa

Production Designer(s): Kimberly Matela

Music Composer(s): Robert Pycior

Carlie Guevara, Ed Asner, Michael Madsen, Miriam Cruz, Anthony Abdo, Tamara Williams, Alex Kruz, Denny Flaherty