Stefano Gonzalez is a trans Latinx producer originally from New York, where he taught video production to high school students. After moving to the Bay Area, Stefano completed his MFA in Motion Pictures & Television and has since helped to garner numerous awards at film festivals around the world. His short script, How To Kill Someone You Hate, won Best Short Film and Best Directing awards at the 2014 Epidemic Film Festival. Do They Fit?, a coproduced short film, was an official selection of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
By 2017, Stefano founded Transgress Studios LLC, a film and video production company designed to transcend repetitive narratives and uncover stories untold. That same year, his company produced it's first feature film, TRANSFINITE, a sci-fi omnibus film composed of seven standalone short stories where supernatural trans and queer people of color use their powers to protect, love, teach, fight and thrive. As of the end of 2019, TRANSFINITE was an official selection to over 20 film festivals.
In addition to doing commercial work with musical artist Be Steadwell, and organizations such as KidzSpeak Inc., Transgress Studios is currently producing two more films; Under The Red Umbrella, a documentary which follows sex worker activists who are organizing amidst the escalating criminalization of their communities; and Worthy of Survival, an action-drama in collaboration with actor Skyler Cooper, about a black female combat veteran who is confined to a psych ward after a workplace meltdown.
Stefano's credits include executive producer, producer, writer, director, actor, and voice actor. He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, stepson, and dogs Buster and Scooter.