BIOGRAPHY

AGUSTIN McCARTHY
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AGUSTIN McCARTHY (They/Them) is a non-binary New Yorker who writes about people learning to love and laugh while living with catastrophe.

Their short films have been showcased at various festivals worldwide, including Telluride where their teen misfit dramedy THE PROM QUEEN was selected for the “Filmmakers of Tomorrow” section. A graduate of the Columbia University School of the Arts, Agustin has written a variety of award-winning feature screenplays including PANSY, a queer coming-of-age forbidden love story, which won the IFP Emerging Narrative Screenplay Award and the Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition before making it to the Final Round of the Sundance Lab. 

They are currently shooting the feature-length documentary TRANSCESTORS about their search for their gender non-conforming role model from childhood, a housecleaner named Bernie, and for other transgender historical figures whose lives were often hidden yet who paved the way for today’s visible, proud trans community. 

A former choreographer, Agustin is also a yoga and mindfulness instructor who in their spare time can be found in Central Park staring at trees or spinning like a whirling dervish.

FILMOGRAPHY

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LOOK AT LUCAS
March 2019

10 minutes

A young boy wants to play with his mother at the beach but first he has to get her off her phone.

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UNCLE STEPHANIE
June 2014

18 minutes

A college student shoots a documentary about his colorful uncle, an aspiring transgender cabaret star from New York City, and learns more about his family than he ever wanted to know. 

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THE PROM QUEEN
September 2000

18 minutes

A punk rock gay kid develops an unlikely crush on a boy from the popular crowd and a secret tryst leads to a prom scene that no one will ever forget.

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ZEN PARKING
June 2017

11 minutes

A yoga teacher looking for parking is forced to face his rage when someone steals his spot.

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THE RED BOOK (Trailer)
April 2012

Trailer for a novel written by Deborah Copaken Kogan, published by Hyperion Books.

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THE BEAR
June 1999

A teenage boy's plan to spend a day at the opera is ruined when his father gives him a rifle for his 18th birthday and forces him to go on a hunting expedition.

IFP MARKET

EMERGING NARRATIVE
SCREENPLAY AWARD

Pansy

True Crime Thriller

IFP

MARKET

PANASONIC DIGITAL
FILMMAKING GRANT

Mohammed & Mary

Dark Comedy

Telluride

Film

Festival

FILMMAKER OF TOMORROW

Prom Queen

Short Film