When Skies Are Gray



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Experimental, drama
Ivan is a part of his own furniture, stuck in an unbroken routine. When Avery rents his spare room and comes looking for an escape from the world, she unwittingly brings a spark of life and innocence back into Ivan’s.

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Director Biography - Lio Mehiel

Lio Mehiel is a Puerto Rican, non-binary, transmasculine actor, conceptual artist and filmmaker based in Ridgewood, Queens. They graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Theater and Performance Art.

Lio wrote, directed, produced and acted in their first short film, DISFORIA, which screened at OutFest Film Festival, NewFest Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, as well as 10 other film festivals across the U.S. and Europe in 2018. Disforia won Best Thriller at the Manhattan Film Festival, as well as the Audience Award at the Atlanta Underground Film Festival.

Lio also co-created, directed, produced, and performed in ARCADE AMERIKANA, a multimedia immersive experience which premiered at Industry City to a nearly sold-out run. Arcade Amerikana was made possible through the Howard Gilman Foundation’s Emerging Artists Grant. The experience received rave reviews and was featured as one of the 10 Best Immersive shows in NYC by TIMEOUT and GOTHAMIST.

In 2016, they collaborated with NYU ITP graduate Shaun Axani to create QUINN, an escape-room-inspired, augmented reality experience driven by audience interaction and narrative storytelling. The piece premiered at Tribeca Film Festival – Storyscapes and the Future of Storytelling Summit.

As an actor, Lio has performed on Broadway alongside Oscar winner Hillary Swank, Emmy winner, Margo Martindale, and is featured on the ABC show Deception, as well as the upcoming NETFLIX show, Tales of the City.

Director Statement

Lio’s work explores how we confront the fractured existence of our day, and proposes a queer understanding of time and space as a way to reject the heteronormative notion of the future and of living flesh. They employ techniques of surreal cinema and movement-based performance to create immersive, celebratory, and unflinchingly intimate works.


Directed by Lio Mehiel

Written by Amy Stringer

Produced by Julie Balefsky

Cast Juan Francisco Villa
Amy Stringer

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