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PJ Raval is an American cinematographer and filmmaker. Raval was named one of Filmmaker's 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2006, and was featured in the 2010 Out 100.[1]

PJ Raval
BornApril 15th
EducationMFA Film Production University of Texas Austin BA Visual Arts Media University of California San Diego

Early lifeEdit

PJ Raval was born on April 15


PJ Raval's 2008 documentary film Trinidad was co-directed with Jay Hodges. Trinidad focuses on Dr. Marci Bowers and two of her patients who are going through sex reassignment surgery in Trinidad, Colorado.[2][3]

The documentary Before You Know It was released in 2013 and focuses on gay seniors. The film was inspired by a screening of Trinidad at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, where Raval met a group of gay seniors.[4]

Raval also directs the music videos of Christeene Vale. Their music videos have been screened at South by Southwest.[1] He participated in the University of Texas at Dallas artist residency, CentralTrak, in 2011.

In addition Raval is also an accomplished cinematographer. His titles include the 2009 Academy Award Best Documentary nominee "Trouble the Water" and the Independent Spirit Award nominee "Room"

Raval is the director of the 2018 documentary Call Her Ganda.[5]



Year Title Contribution Notes
2002 The Politics of Fur Associate Producer
2003 Girl Wrestler Additional Camera Operator
2005 Room Cinematographer Won – Woodstock Film Festival Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography
2005 Troop 1500 Cinematographer
2006 The Cassidy Kids Cinematographer
2006 Slam Planet Additional Camera Operator
2006 When the Road Bends: Tales of a Gypsy Caravan Additional Camerawork
2006 Gretchen Cinematographer
2007 The Devil Came on Horseback Additional Cinematographer
2008 Trouble the Water Cinematographer
2008 Critical condition Additional Camera
2008 Dirt Cinematographer
2008 Trinidad Director/Producer/Cinematographer Won – Cleveland International Film Festival Award for Best Documentary
Nominated – Los Angeles Film Festival Award for Best Documentary
2009 The 2 Bobs Cinematographer
2009 Along Came Kinky ... Texas Jewboy for Governor Camera Operator
2009 Winnebago Man Additional Photography
2009 Sunshine Additional Cinematography
2011 Slacker Director (segment: "Rantings")
2011 Habibi Rasak Kharban Cinematographer
2012 Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines Additional cinematography
2012 Sunset Stories Cinematographer
2012 Foreplay Cinematographer
2012 The Bounceback Cinematographer
2013 Before You Know It Director/Producer Won – Dallas Asian Film Festival Best Documentary
Won – Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Audience Award
Nominated - Austin Film Critics Association Austin Film Award
2018 Call Her Ganda Director/Producer Won – Inside Out Toronto Film Festival Award for Best Documentary

Won – Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding North American Documentary Feature

Short filmsEdit

Year Title Contribution Notes
1999 Okay Bye-Bye Optical Printing
2000 100% Cotton Director/Writer/Editor Won – Chicago Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival award for Best Narrative Short
2001 Pillowfight Cinematographer/First Assistant Camera Won – Abilene WESTfest Award for Best Cinematography
2002 Peeling Cinematographer
2002 Nightstand Gaffer
2002 Net 06 Director Won – Black Maria Film and Video Festival Award Honorable Mention for Best Short Film
Won – Cinematexas International Short Film Festival Bettye Nowlin Award for Student Excellence in Filmmaking
Won – Cinematexas International Short Film Festival Cinematography Award
2002 Clean Director/Writer
2002 Sophie Cinematographer
2002 Dance Club Cinematographer
2003 A Boy's Mouth Director/Producer/Writer/Editor Won – Santa Cruz Film Festival Director's Award
2003 Holding Patterns Director/Producer/Writer/Editor
2003 Bring Me Your Love Cinematographer
2003 Visions Cinematographer
2003 Between You and Me Cinematographer
2004 Elegy Cinematographer
2004 Gretchen & the Night Danger Cinematographer
2004 Eating in Cubes Cinematographer
2004 Lead Role: Father Director/Writer Nominated – VC FilmFest - Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Golden Reel Award
2005 Wake Cinematographer
2005 Bunny & Clydo Cinematographer
2005 Attack of the Bride Monster Cinematographer
2006 Swerve Cinematographer
2006 Share the Wealth Cinematographer
2007 Chickenfüt Cinematographer
2008 Backroads Director/Cinematographer
2010 Foreplay: Austin Cinematographer
2010 Mouse's Birthday Cinematographer
2010 Foreplay: San Francisco Cinematographer
2011 The Fickle Cinematographer
2011 Foreplay: Tampa Cinematographer
2012 The Rookie and the Runner Cinematographer
2012 The Reverie & Randee Show Director/Producer/Editor Won – Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival Award for Best Originality
2012 Private Cinema: Apes as Family Cinematographer

Television workEdit

Year Title Contribution Notes
2004-2010 Independent Lens Camera Operator/Sound Season 6, Episode 6: "Girl Wrestler"
Season 7, Episode 17: "Troop 1500"
Season 11, Episode 24: "Sunshine"
Season 11, Episode 25: "The Horse Boy"
2008 POV Camera Operator Season 21, Episode 9: "Critical Condition"

Appearances on cameraEdit

Year Title Contribution Notes
2006 Uncovered: Making of 'The Cassidy Kids' Himself
2003 Austin Movie Show Himself Season 2, Episode 19


  1. ^ a b "Unraval Pictures >> Biography". Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  2. ^ Hassan, Joseph (6 May 2010). "Need To Know: PJ Raval". Out. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  3. ^ "LAFF '08 INTERVIEW "Trinidad" Co-Directors Jay Hodges and PJ Raval". IndieWire. 26 June 2008. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  4. ^ Raval, PJ (8 March 2013). "PJ Raval Explores Being Gay and Retired in 'Before You Know It'". Tribeca Film Institute. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Review: 'Call Her Ganda' Explores the Murder of a Transgender Woman". Retrieved 2018-11-02.

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