Treviny M. Colon
Treviny Marie Colon
When I was a high school senior, I wrote a story about an all-American teenager grappling with his sexual identity and culture for the Scenarios USA REAL DEAL writing contest. My story won!
I was partnered with director Joel Schumacher (YES, that Joel Schumacher), and with my classmates working in front of and behind the camera, we made my story into a film. I was 18 years old and the trajectory of what I thought possible for me and my peers was changed forever.
Like many of the stories chosen to be made into REAL DEAL films, the issues I addressed and the real-life experiences youth face today are sorely lacking in mainstream media and as a part of our classroom discussions. When people watch my film Man in the Mirror – and any of the 22 Scenarios USA films – they step into the unknown, see what’s rarely talked about and understand exactly what’s at stake.
Films influence people, whether they realize it or not. And because of Scenarios USA, I am one of the influencers: My film is on Showtime, it is being used in over 100 NYC classrooms and in schools across the country, and it starts conversations about bullying and LGBT issues in a real and raw way.