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ALB 2024 An Exploration of Independent Filmmaking with Julian Gowdy of He SheBang!

Fri 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Join us in the Studio at WESST for an illuminating discussion with Julian Gowdy, director of “A Time Machine Story” and co-founder of So the Story Begins, a recovery-based film production company located in Albuquerque, as he shows footage from his new films and discusses the trials of recovery, finding his footing in the film industry, and launching a fundraising campaign for his latest documentary film, The He She Bang, a long-running drag show in Madrid, NM.

  • The program will include an Actor's Studio-style interview session with Julian and interviewer, Stephanie Grilo; a showing of the trailer for "A Time Machine Story" and the full short-film The He She Bang; followed by an audience-led Q&A with Julian.

  • Learn about Julian's journey navigating independent film in New Mexico and the personal and professional challenges of filmmaking.

  • There will be a social mixer after the event - so stay and get to know Julian, other filmmakers, local film supporters, and the WESST team.

Stephanie Grilo, interviewer, is an Albuquerque theater and film artist and an educator at CNM and UNM, respectively. She is also the co-director of Coming in Hot! A cold reading series.

Prior to payment, If you are not a member at WESST, you will be directed to fill out a 2-minute registration form to reserve your spot at the event. We kindly ask that you fill this out to the best of your ability. Your information is private and will not be connected to your name - WESST receives Federal funding for many of its programs. In order to demonstrate that we are reaching certain target markets, many of our funders require us to collect the following information to ensure WESST is serving the needs of diverse entrepreneurs and individuals. Thank you for your cooperation. For questions, contact

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals. Please notify LeAnne Gomez at when you register for the class, or no later than 24 hours prior to this event so that WESST can make sure necessary accommodations are available. All programs and services are provided to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis."

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Speaker(s): Julian Gowdy, co-founder of So the Story Begins production company Stephanie Grilo, Film Artist, Educator at UNM and CNM, co-director of Coming in Hot Tom Ragan, WESST Studio Manager LeAnne Gomez, WESST Creative Industries Manager


Park on the South side of the WESST Enterprise Center. Enter Through the glass double doors. You will be directed to the studio upon entry.

Fee: No Cost

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609 Broadway Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87102

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All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

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