Edwin Alexis Gómez (USA/Nicaragua)

Edwin Alexis Gómez is an award-winning queer Nicaraguan-American writer, director and multidisciplinary artist whose body of work blends the resounding beauty and exquisite pain of love and life, becoming its own mythology. His writing interrogates what we inherit emotionally, as well as the ways in which patterns persist and break within bloodlines. He was a 2019 Playwriting Fellow for Lambda Literary Foundation Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices, a 2020 VONA Voices Fellow in Screenwriting and, most recently, a participant of Cine Qua Non Lab’s inaugural Storylines Lab for his feature film Castillos Invisibles (Invisible Castles). His latest short film, Joyride, premiered at the 2020 PBS Short Film Festival, where it won the Most Popular award. The short film has also gone on to win the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast award at the 2020 Official Latino Film and Arts Festival, as well as a LOLA Award at the 2021 Philadelphia Latino Film Festival. He is developing his series Frenemigas and bringing his feature film version of Joyride to life. Edwin is currently a writers’ assistant to Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch (GLOW/Netflix) on their new series for Apple TV+.

Joyride Teenage Latina sisters are enlisted by their larger-than-life grandmother to break her out of her senior living facility for a joyride to the Grand Canyon. On the journey, she reveals the painful family history that will change their lives forever.