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Celine Parreñas Shimizu

A Professor of Cinema at San Francisco State University, Celine Parreñas Shimizu is an award-winning filmmaker and film scholar. Her books include The Feminist Porn Book (2013), Straitjacket Sexualities (2012) and The Hypersexuality of Race (2007). She publishes widely on race, sexuality and power in global popular culture. Distributed by Third World Newsreel and Progressive Films, her films include Birthright (2009) and The Fact of Asian Women (2004). She has served as a reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Ford Foundation and as an editor for Brill and Oxford Bibliographies. Her research and filmmaking has received funding from the Motion Picture Association of America, the Social Science Research Council, the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and the Research Institute for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University. She received her B.A. in Ethnic Studies from UCBerkeley, her M.F.A. in Film Production and Directing from UCLA and her Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University.

I passionately support the bold and courageous work of Crowded Fire Theater Company. To attend a CFT performance is to come into contact with the special power of live performance to make intimate issues and experiences of lives like and unlike mine. I emerge from the theater knowing I witnessed something stunningly creative, culturally relevant, and truly meaningful.

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