Named one of Out Magazine’s “Out 100 2010” and Filmmaker Magazine's "25 new faces of independent film 2006," PJ Raval is an award-winning filmmaker whose credits include TRINIDAD (Winner, Best Documentary Cleveland International Film Festival 2009, Showtime, LOGO), The CHRISTEENE video collection (SXSW), and BEFORE YOU KNOW IT his latest documentary following the lives of three gay senior men (SXSW world premiere). Slant Magazine hailed BEFORE YOU KNOW IT as an “…exemplary example of a documentary that successfully puts human faces on wider issues, eschewing polemics in favor of the personal." indieWIRE described the film as “…a crucial new edition to the LGBT doc canon.”
Raval is also currently developing a feature fiction narrative with acclaimed screenwriter and playwright Prince Gomolvilas and recently directed a segment called “Rantings” as part of the 2011 remake of Richard Linklater’s indie classic SLACKER.
Also an award-winning cinematographer, Raval’s work has earned him awards such as the ASC Charles B. Lang Jr. Heritage Award as well as the Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography. Raval’s work includes the 2009 Academy Award-nominated TROUBLE THE WATER as well as the Independent Spirit Award-nominated ROOM. He recently completed the highly anticipated feature THE BOUNCEBACK directed by Bryan Poyser, which recently world premiered at SXSW.
In his spare time Raval likes to try and take small naps and pretend he knows ballet.