Nearly two years ago, I sat in a dark, 3D screening room in Vancouver, Canada. It was Day 1 of Final Destination 5 and as we watched an avatar preview of our characters being mauled to death by various components of a collapsing bridge, I yelped and jumped unabashedly into my neighbor’s lap who just so happened to be, one of my future best friends, Emma Bell.
In the ensuing months, we grew quite close all the while aghast at a friendship that could spawn between two such differing people -- I, a product of loud and proud Texan Republicans who sport bumper stickers proclaiming, “For every cow you don’t eat, I’ll eat three” and Emma, a self proclaimed free spirit who eats only organic, vegan and everything my family taught me to despise.
Two years later Emma and I decided to collaborate on a music video satirizing the various absurdities of our respective upbringings. The Food Ditty is, at its core, a spoof Rap/Jazz/R&B parody mocking the dichotomous viewpoints of the American health food craze and obesity obstacle. Partnered with director, Brent McHenry, The Food Ditty will be a quirky, quaint and quite idiosyncratic video much in the vein of our first collaboration, The Gatorade Rap:
Here's a snippet of The Food Ditty song to whet your appetite....
On another note...
As America is currently obsessed with the obesity epidemic, and rightly so, we thought hey, why not contribute to the noise.
I’ve worked as an actress for the better part of 10 years, first in NYC and now in sunny LA. I seem to die a lot in what I do, or at least get very close to death, starting with ‘Death in Love’ (‘nough said), then the ski thriller ‘Frozen’ (Didn’t quite die, or did I?), next in the first season of AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ (Definitely died twice.) and then again in Newline’s ‘Final Destination 5’ (Just when you thought I wouldn’t die, I did.) I’d really love to stop dying and am working on that. To fill my non-dying days, I write fairytales and help run an Urban farming initiative called the ‘Arthur project’, which aims to turn unused lots in low-income urban areas into working organic farms run by members of the community.
I ended up in acting in a slightly less conventional manner beginning with a four-year stint performing mostly as androgynous and/or male characters in my high school plays. Some personal favorites were Colin, the cripple boy in The Secret Garden, and Pseudolus, a conniving clown-like Roman slave boy. After spending a few years studying Math/Economics at USC, acting came a callin’ once again and found myself right back on that androgynous role-playing wagon. First as a female wrester in Gary Unmarried, then a mean tennis jock in Huge, and thereafter a spunky gymnast in Final Destination 5. While recent roles have been less masculine, I like to keep working on my androgynous talents by creating spoof rap videos showcasing what some consider to be an alter ego, EWROE.
In case you need extra motivation, we've written it all out for you:
What We’re Offering
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Where will the Money Go
Funds raised will go towards the vast and various costs incurred during production of the video: quality equipment, an experience crew, locations, permits, and most importantly...FOOD! No donation is too small. Assisting with $6 provides a crew member’s meal for a day of shooting. If five people donate $25, it rents us a production van to schlep our equipment around in. A $1000 donation gains us access to the stage where we will build our entire set consisting of a farmer's market and forest farm. We are passionate about this project and will truly put these generous funds to good work.
Additionally, funds will be appropriated for yall’s gifts: merchandise, DVDs, posters, etc!
What will I get out of this?
1) A friggin’ hilarious video that should provide side-splitting laughter as you mindlessly peruse the Internet during your 15 minute Facebook break at work.
2) Knowing that you helped two young, some might say cute, ladies accomplish their goal of making a friggin’ hilarious video that should provide side-splitting laughter as…(see above)
3) Exciting goodies....Look to the right! ------->
What can I do if I can’t donate financially?
Tweet! Facebook! Email friends annoyingly! Spread the word folks. Send us baked goods (jk...but no, really...)
For International Backers:
Make sure you include shipping in your donation amount if you are outside of the United States. International orders for physical merchandise - ADD $10 USD. Canadian orders for physical merchandise - ADD $5 USD
When will I receive my merchandise/poster/DVD/phone call...?
All rewards will be delivered within one month of reaching the fundraising goal amount! DVDs will be sent within 2 weeks of the video’s launch.
Can we still donate after you reach your goal?
Yes! You have until the end of the campaign to donate!
Is the “Thank you Phone Call” a pre-recorded call? Will you make phone calls internationally?
It is not pre-recorded, it’s the real deal! And of course we’ll make calls internationally!
Can I pledge different amounts of money over time?
No, a backer can only pledge once per project per Kickstarter account
When will our pledge be processed on our cards?
Pledges will only be processed if your project meets its fundraising goal by its deadline
What sizes will the T-shirts be available in?
S, M, L, & XL
- (30 days)