Victor Rivas Rivers is a veteran film and television star, best-selling author, renowned advocate for violence prevention, and the first Cuban-born football player to land a tryout with the Miami Dolphins. He has achieved extraordinary success in numerous arenas. But given his violent upbringing, few of those achievements were ever likely. If not for a handful of individuals who were willing to take a stand on his behalf, he doubts he would be alive today. He chronicles his story of survival in his memoir A Private Family Matter.
Ava Bogle is an LA-based writer, actor and filmmaker. Her one-woman show The Pleasure Project premiered at the Hollywood Fringe Festival then toured to Australia, New York, and San Francisco. Her solo directorial debut, Meryl Fuckin Streep, won Best Short Film at SF Indie Fest and Best Experimental Film at Lady Filmmakers Festival. As a comedian, she has appeared at The Comedy Store, Flappers, and The Viper Room. From writing a sex blog, to stand up and Moth-style storytelling events, to the films and theatre she creates, all her work explores themes of taboo sexuality, loneliness, desire, fantasy and obsession.