short documentary
2022; RT 15 min; Digital Video
Directed & Shot by: Faye Tsakas & Enrique Pedraza Botero



A group of young men in Montgomery, Texas forgo college to support themselves as “Masters” in the world of online Financial Domination, where thousands of paying clients consent to relinquishing control over their finances. Through the course of one night, the film alternates between the online world and observational moments, weaving between vignettes of virtual, live-streamed sessions, and cam shows in which anonymous participants engage in consensual erotic labor. Alpha Kings explores the dichotomy between these “Masters” and their true private selves, drawing on themes of desire, masculinity, sexuality, power, and performance. In a current social-political climate in which the American Dream seems far-fetched, the film’s subjects grapple with uncertainty about the future, their place in society, and the value of their work.

World Premiere: International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2023
North American Premiere: True/False Film Festival, 2023
Camden International Film Festival, 2023
Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market Pick, 2023
IndieLisboa International Competition, 2023
Athens International Film & Video Festival, 2023

Kurzfilm Hamburg Short Film Festival, 2023
Kurzfilm Hamburg Short Film Prize, 2023
Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, 2023
Tabor Film Festival, 2023
Rooftop Films Summer Series, 2023
DC/Dox, 2023
Palm Spring ShortFest, 2023
Syncro Buenos Aires, 2023
New/Next Fest Balimore, 2023
Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2023
Roackaway Film Festival, 2023
Venice Film Week, 2023 
Venice Film Week Best Documentary Short Film Award, 2023
Les Mains Gauches, 2023
Festival Nouveau Cinema, 2023
Nashville Film Festival, 2023


Master Dax
Master Hercules
Master Robert
King Jess
Jolie Daspit
Skylar Breann

Consulting Producer
Stefan Weinberger

Production Assistant
Jolie Daspit
Directed & Shot by:
Faye Tsakas & Enrique Pedraza Botero

Produced & Edited By:
Faye Tsakas & Enrique Pedraza Botero

Made with the support of:
Pacific Pioneer Fund

Produced in the Documentary Film M.F.A. Program
Department of Art & Art History
Stanford University

Faculty Advisor
Jamie Meltzer

Technical Support
Srdan Keca
Frank Floyd

Sound Mix
Dan Olmsted

Color Grading
Robert Arnold

Post Sound Assistance
Sruti Visweswaran