SUMMIT, NJ - The Film Society of Summit will host the New Jersey premiere of 'The Garden Left Behind', an independent film that broke new ground by using eBay as a crowdfunding source, on February 21 at 7 p.m. A panel discussion will follow with Flavio Alves, the film’s director, lead actor Carlie Guevara, and producer Roy Wol.

Beginning with an enthusiastic reception at SXSW Film Festival, where it captured the Audience Award, 'The Garden Left Behind' has become one of the most ubiquitous and celebrated films of the 2019 film festival circuit in the United States and abroad. 

Driving a cab through the lonely streets of New York, Tina (Guevara) struggles to provide for herself and her grandmother. Being undocumented makes work difficult to come by, and to add more stress, Tina has begun the transition process. While her doting grandmother endeavors to understand, Tina finds warm support in a group of trans activists that take her under their wing. Tina waits impatiently for her doctor (Ed Asner) to sign off on her transition so she can begin taking hormones, eager to join her trans sisters. But mounting medical costs, her rocky relationship with the man she’s been seeing, and her legal immigration status all become daunting obstacles in Tina’s pursuit of happiness.

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Audience Advisory: This film contains scenes and dialogue surrounding transphobia and trans violence.

The program will be held at MONDO, located at 426 Springfield Avenue. Seating is limited. Tickets -- $12 in advance, $14 at the door -- are available by contacting or by visiting