Drew de Pinto is a filmmaker originally from San Diego, CA. They received a BA in Cinema Studies from the University of Chicago, and have worked on projects for the Democratic Socialists of America, Kartemquin Films, and Scrappers Film Group. Most recently they worked as lead editor on The Talk, a short documentary about the varying states of sex education in the U.S. public school system.
While studying at the University of Chicago, they developed an interest in filmmaking as a way to process feelings of dysphoria and create new frameworks for understanding gender. Inspired by experimental films like Willard Maas' Geography of the Body and Michelle Citron's Daughter Rite, their autobiographical thesis film revisited the period of their adolescence when their mother underwent treatment for breast cancer, exploring the nuances of dysphoria as they relate to both gender and illness. In line with their belief that a new queer cinema calls for continual experimentation with film form, their work often employs magical realist and docufiction techniques to visualize internal experiences that exceed cultural intelligibility.