Connie Florez has many years of experience as an advisor, researcher, writer and producer of films in and about Hawai’i. Her numerous awards include a Women in Film/GM Acceleration Grant for Emerging Women Filmmakers, CINE Winner-Golden Eagle Award, and the Accolade Competition. Her PBS credits include the narrative films THE FISHBOWL and CONSTRUCTIONS and the recent documentary STATE OF ALOHA. She has taught film studies since 2006 at the University of Hawai’i-Manoa with the Academy for Creative Media and produced many award winning shorts and features for television and film festivals around the world. She is currently working on a documentary with the working title THE GLADES PROJECT about the history of a Honolulu nightclub where “boys will be girls,” and the beginnings of the LGBT rights movement in Hawai’i. Florez, a native American and third generation Hawai’ian, is the founder/CEO of Hula Girl Productions and lives in Honolulu, HI.