THE FEATURED DACA RECIPIENTS
José Adrián Badillo Carlos was born in Guadalajara and came to the United States when he was 10 years old. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Hispanic Cultural Studies and a Teaching Assistant at Michigan State University. He received a B.A. and M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Northern Illinois University. While at NIU, he received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award and was inducted into Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society and Phi Sigma Iota, the International Foreign Language Honor Society. At MSU, he served as the Co-Chair of the Graduate Student Association of the Romance and Classical Studies Department from 2015-17. His research focuses on representations of violence, corruption and narcocultura in contemporary Mexican music, literature, film and television.
Osvaldo Sandoval was born in Mexico City and was brought to the United States when he was 15 years old. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Hispanic Cultural Studies and a Teaching Assistant at Michigan State University. He received a B.A. Cum Laude in Spanish and a M.A. in Spanish from California State University, Fullerton, where he also served as president of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society (Sigma Delta Pi) and president of the Asociación de Alumnos y Ex-Alumnos de Español (AAEE). At MSU, he served as the Co-Chair of the Graduate Student Association of the Romance and Classical Studies Department from 2015-17. His research focuses on contemporary theater and performance studies in Spain and the Southern Cone, and he has adapted and directed various Hispano-American plays.
Scott Boehm (Writer, Director & Producer) is Assistant Professor of Spanish & Global Studies and Affiliated Faculty in the Film Studies Program at Michigan State University as well as the Director of the MSU Latinx Film Festival. Scott studied screenwriting at La Factoría del Guión in Madrid, Spain and has worked as a script consultant on several films, including The Cliff (Helena Taberna, 2016) and Growing Up Hmong at the Crossroads (Safoi Babana-Hampton, 2017). What Happens to a Dream Deferred is his directorial debut and the companion piece, Walking For Ded: A Short Film About Sanctuary, is his second film to date.
Peter Johnston (Cinematographer, Editor & Producer) is the Digital Media/Film Production Manager in the Film Studies Program at Michigan State University and holds a B.F.A. in Photography from Alma College and an M.A. in Digital Media Technology from MSU. Peter has directed, produced, filmed and/or edited a variety of short fiction, documentary and experimental films, including Walking For Ded: A Short Film About Sanctuary, Ka-dy Comes Home, Hmong Memory at the Crossroads, Migrations of Islam, Within, On the Open Road, and Mr. Henderson.