Shon Keane, formerly known as Agustin McCarthy, (they/them) is a non-binary New York filmmaker who writes about people learning to love and laugh while living with catastrophe - both real and imagined.
Their films have screened at festivals worldwide, including Hamptons, Palm Springs and Telluride where their teen misfit dramedy THE PROM QUEEN was selected for the “Filmmakers of Tomorrow” section.
A graduate of the Columbia University School of the Arts with an MFA Degree in Directing, Shon has written a variety of award-winning screenplays including PANSY, a queer coming-of-age forbidden love story, which won the IFP Emerging Narrative Screenplay Award, the Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition and the Rhode Island Film Festival “Barren” Branches Screenplay Award.
In addition to completing the short documentary IT’S ON FIRE, Shon is also directing the feature documentary PINK WHITE & BLUE about an intergenerational, multicultural road trip in search of transgender historical figures including Shon’s gender nonconforming role model Bernie, who cleaned houses in the suburbs of Boston in the 1970s. Shon has also co-written with Melanie Oram the feature screenplay SHE’S ALL RIGHT adapted from the memoir “Not Until You Have Walked in My Shoes” by Reverend Debra Hopkins.
Shon is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the City University of New York (BMCC) and a yoga and mindfulness instructor who in their spare time can be found in Central Park staring at trees or spinning like a whirling dervish.