G. Chesler

Director, Producer, Screenwriter

G. Chesler (they/them, aka Giovanna, aka G6) tells stories addressing gender, sexuality and racial justice, through and despite the body. As a Director, Producer, and Screenwriter, G's films have screened at hundreds of festivals, museums, and community spaces globally. Their documentary in-production “dysConnect: Trans Lives During COVID-19” profiles individuals around the US whose stories affirm how connections between trans people have strengthened in the pandemic. G's most recently released films are queer shorts "The Pick Up," (winner of Best Short Film at Cineffable Paris and image+nation in Montreal and Best Screenplay at Big Muddy Film Festival) melodrama "JAVA" and the community co-produced short documentary "W.C. Taylor: A Legacy." G. Produced the Sundance supported / ITVS co-produced documentary feature “Out in the Night” that screened on POV/PBS and Logo Networks, won 15 festival awards, and launched the UN’s “Free and Equal” campaign confronting homophobia and transphobia worldwide. When G.’s hour-long documentary “Period: The End of Menstruation” appeared on the front page of The New York Times, it became a cultural touchstone for the menstrual suppression debate. G. co-edited the documentary feature “Spirits of Rebellion: Black Film at UCLA” by Zeinabu irene Davis which won the top prize in documentary at Blackstar Film Festival. G. currently serves as an Advisor to ITVS / NEH documentary Fellows program. They are a 2022 Media Arts Grantee by the Washington DC Council on the Humanities, a Professor of Film and Women and Gender Studies at George Mason University, and a 2023 Regional Arts + Culture Council grantee in Portland, Oregon.