Film Showcase: Crossing Over | Isabel Castro, Director | 45 min. | USA, 2014


January 22, 2016


Crossing Over | Isabel Castro, Director | 45 min. | USA, 2014
Each year, thousands of Mexican nationals immigrate illegally to Los Angeles in search of better opportunities and a safe, sustainable way of living. They work in the shadows, undocumented, hoping that their efforts will pay off and that they will become citizens. For the transgender individuals among them, the shadows are even more difficult to overcome. Faced with discrimination and the challenges of being undocumented, many transgender immigrants turn to the sex industry, often falling prey to its many dangers, including drug addiction, sexual violence, and HIV, simply to survive. Crossing Over: Stories of Immigration and Identity interweaves the stories of three such transgender Latina immigrants who came to the U.S. from Mexico in search of a better life. Trailer: Crossing Over


Isabel Castro is a multimedia director and producer based in Brooklyn, New York. She currently works as an Associate Producer for VICE on HBO. Her writing and work has been published by the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Lens Blog, The Huffington Post and Buzzfeed. She graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Crossing Over: Stories of Immigration and Identity is her directorial debut.

IsabelCastro - Crossing Over - Director


Katrina Sorrentino
Katrina Sorrentino is a multimedia artist and producer from Chicago. She is a part of the Brooklyn-based collective Nomadique, whose short film Eleanor Ambos Interiors premiered at SXSW last year. She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Fesitval, 83 Park St. Suite 5, Providence, RI 02903 currently pursuing an MFA in photography at ICP-Bard. She is passionate about women’s rights and social justice, and has done extensive work with Nomi Network, a nonprofit that fights human trafficking in India and Cambodia.

KatrinaSorrentino - Crossing Over - Cinematographer