Treviny M. Colon


Treviny Marie Colon

Treviny Marie Colon and Joel Schumacher at the 2010 premiere of Man in the Mirror
Treviny Marie Colon and Joel Schumacher at the 2010 premiere of Man in the Mirror

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.