June 12, 2018
The Whistle – Work-in-Progress Screening & Discussion
Ninth St. Independent Film, 7:30pm
Tickets: $5-$15 Sliding scale, NOTA
Ticket Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-whistle-work-in-progress-screening-discussion-tickets-45128873676
Join director StormMiguel Florez for a work-in-progress screening of The Whistle, a documentary film about a secret code shared in Albuquerque, New Mexico among young lesbians in 1970s & 80s.
In the 1970s & 80s, a group of lesbian youth in Albuquerque had a particular way of finding each other: a special whistle that was both hard to learn and easy to go unnoticed by unsuspecting bystanders. It was known by them and by those who came up after them as the “dyke whistle.” The dyke whistle was a rite of passage taught to newly out dykes by their peers. It was used to find friends in a crowd, clock other suspected lesbians, and as a friendly nod to groups of lesbians passing by in public spaces. Most importantly, it was a lifeline to community for many young lesbians coming up and out before GSAs and the internet.
Creating Queer Community Program
StormMiguel Florez is a Xicanx trans filmmaker, actor, and singer-songwriter from the SF Bay Area via Albuquerque, New Mexico. His Southwest desert roots are deep and are a muse for his art and have currently become an inspiration for his upcoming film, The Whistle. The Whistle is a documentary film that will tell the story of a secret code shared among young dykes in 1970s and 80s Albuquerque as a means of self-identification and finding community. http://www.stormflorez.com/the-whistle