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About the Artist

Brian Favorite (Mercer Island) is currently working on Like a Lady: The Fakaleitis of Tonga, an hour-long documentary. It incorporates digi-beta, camcorder, Super-8, photographs and animation (by fellow EDGE graduate Tess Martin), for public television and independent theater release. It is currently in grant and fund-raising stage, awaiting post-production scheduled for the summer of 2011.

Raised in Los Angeles, Brian worked in the entertainment industry for 15 years as an assistant to the director, researcher and production assistant.  In San Francisco in 1995, Brian helped launch TechTV working as a director and in various production positions until the company’s demise in Dec. 2001.

After completing a teaching credential, Brian joined the Peace Corps and in 2004, he traveled to Tonga. The opportunity arose for him to research and film a demo reel for his first documentary. When Peace Corps ended, Brian moved to Chicago, where he worked as a teacher, and as a producer for the Lake County Government Communications Department, while steadily building the funding for his documentary.

In 2008, Brian returned to Tonga and began production on Like a Lady: The Fakaleitis of Tonga,  the story of an openly gay (yet forced to be closeted) Peace Corps volunteer who befriends a community of transgenders in Tonga.

Brian now works as a special-needs teacher, and has established Favorite Filmworks, where he produces promotional videos and TV pilots. His efforts in fund-raising are ongoing as he works to complete post-production on the documentary, with Three Dollar Bill Cinema as fiscal sponsors.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.