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Screening and Director/Subject Conversation: “The Whistle”
April 6 @ 6:00 pm
As part of the Humanities for the Public Good Symposium, a screening of The Whistle will be followed by a conversation with Director StormMiguel Florez and documentary subject Charlene Padilla Johnson. The event will be moderated by Dr. Annette Rodriguez.
About the film: The Whistle tells the story of a secret code created by and shared among young lesbians in 1970s & 80s Albuquerque as a means of self-identification and finding community.
StormMiguel Florez is a trans, queer Xicane filmmaker, whose work includes award-winning documentaries, The Whistle (Producer/Director) and MAJOR! (Editor/Co-Producer 2015). StormMiguel is also an event and media producer, actor, and a life-long musician. He was a 2020 San Francisco Pride virtual Community Grand Marshal and a recipient of NALAC (National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures), The San Francisco Arts Commission, and Horizons Foundation grants. He’s originally from Albuquerque, NM, which he very much considers to be his homeland, and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 24 years. He lives with his partner and their 3.5 chihuahuas.
Dr. Annette Rodriguez received her PhD in American Studies at Brown University in 2016. She has acted as an instructor at Brown University, the University of New Mexico, Northern New Mexico College, and Santa Fe Community College. She concentrates her work on perennial racist violence in the United States as communicating events that construct and reinforce ideologies and hierarchies of race, gender, citizenship, and national belonging.