Minneapolis city council member Andrea Jenkins will be in conversation with Lily Percy for a live recording of the podcast This Movie Changed Me (TMCM). Andrea will share how Spike Lee’s Malcolm X changed her life. From On Being Studios — which also produces the public radio program and podcast On Being with Krista Tippett — TMCM is a love letter to your favorite movies, a conversation on how movies teach, connect, and transform us. Doors open at 1:30 pm; the conversation begins at 2:00; the intermission is at 3:00; and the movie screening at 3:15.
Andrea Jenkins is a writer, performance artist, poet, and transgender activist. She’s a city council member for Minneapolis and is also the first African American openly trans woman to be elected to office in the United States. Jenkins has experience working in community development in North Minneapolis and in delivering social services in South Minneapolis.
Jenkins moved to Minnesota to attend the University of Minnesota in 1979 and was hired by the Hennepin County government, where she worked for a decade. Jenkins worked as a staff member on the Minneapolis City Council for 12 years before beginning work as curator of the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota's Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies.
Andrea holds a master’s degree in community development from Southern New Hampshire University, a MFA in creative writing from Hamline University, and a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Metropolitan State University. She is a nationally and internationally recognized writer and artist, a 2011 Bush Fellow to advance the work of transgender inclusion, and the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships.
Lily Percy (Liliana Maria Percy Ruíz) is the executive producer of On Being Studios and host of This Movie Changed Me. In a previous life, Lily worked as an associate editor of MovieMaker magazine as well as a producer for StoryCorps and NPR’s All Things Considered on the weekends. Utilizing her knowledge and passion for film, she spearheaded the NPR Series, "Movies I've Seen A Million Times," interviewing guests including Queen Latifah, Jesse Eisenberg, Saoirse Ronan, the rapper Common, and Whoopi Goldberg amongst others. In 2012, she received the Religion Newswriters Association Radio/Podcast Religion Report of the Year Award for her profile of four Roman Catholic womenpriests.
With This Movie Changed Me, Lily takes her conversational and warm personality and combines it with her one true passion: movies. So far, she’s interviewed guests including the Academy Award-winning composer Gustavo Santaolla, the man behind the music for Brokeback Mountain; poet Naomi Shihab Nye; and The New York Times’ chief film critic A.O. Scott, amongst many others.
Liliana Maria proudly serves on the board of Centro Tyrone Guzman, the oldest and largest multi-service Latino organization in Minneapolis.
ABOUT THE FILM
Directed by Spike Lee // 3h 22m runtime
Spike Lee’s biopic of civil rights icon Malcolm X is as richly epic in scope as the man’s life and work deserve. Yet the film is intimate in tone, presenting the controversial figure as a human being rather than an ideological icon, allowing for greater understanding of his life’s tenets and mission. Denzel Washington anchors the picture with his finely tuned, Oscar-nominated performance, which encompasses both the fire-breathing intensity of Malcolm’s early days with the Nation of Islam as well as his more moderate stance after his 1964 pilgrimage to Mecca. He’s well-matched by an exceptional cast, including Angela Basset as Dr. Batty Shabazz.