Director BIO: Kayden Phoenix (PENANCE)

LGBT Toronto Film Festival

Director Biography – Kayden Phoenix

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Kayden Phoenix is a Chicana Writer and Director from Boyle Heights, California. She received a full ride academic scholarship to Loyola Marymount University where she acquired a BA in Business Administration, with an Emphasis in Marketing. Upon entering the industry, the first thing she noticed was the industry dominated standard- complete with character generalizations.

In response, she became a huge advocate for diversity both in front and behind the camera, giving a voice to stories untold. She plans on evening the playing field for the under-represented through her unique and diverse filmmaking.

Director Statement

The concept of this project rooted from our culture’s take on sexuality. Homophobia, particularly trying to correct it with conversion therapy is sadly apart of our history. Penance is a take on the church and their extreme punishments (ex. electric shock therapy).

This is important to me because though I was raised…

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