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The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, October 1 2015 7:01 AM UTC +00:00

About

I want to make a book and a short movie about Boogiee and the group she founded last year with two dear friends. They called themselves ROC.

"Boogiee Shango Phoolish", Union Square West, July 2014
"Boogiee Shango Phoolish", Union Square West, July 2014

In these images and her words you will find a point of view on what it means to be black, the art and total discipline it takes to dance, street culture, LGBTQ issues, spirituality, toughness, loyalty, family, education, humor and dephth. In my printed words you will find my amazement, and the emotion I felt - as a woman living most of my adult life as foreigner in a metropolis - when I connected to this meravigliosa creatura, who comes across as womanly and manly, adult and child, young and wise, curious about life and also experienced beyond her years.

"Let me introduce you..." Ridgewood, NY 2015
"Let me introduce you..." Ridgewood, NY 2015

Her story is particular and takes place in one square in one city, but it spans universal themes anyone can relate to: the burning desire of youth - when your whole life is ahead of you and how you dream the things you want, when everything is possible even though there are challenges. Yes, hers have been extreme: she has experienced racism, abuse, harassment, discrimination, homelessness, being abandoned.

"Hug in Prospect Park", June 2015
"Hug in Prospect Park", June 2015

At a young age she also has experienced real love, tight friendships, the joy in being able to fully express one's feelings, the privilege of growing a child, and, as far as I am concerned, the courage it takes to fully trust another. In various realms, she has been my teacher.

Marlon and Boogiee on their hands, Union Square
Marlon and Boogiee on their hands, Union Square

Boogiee has the courage and mental clarity and determination to presents herself to me without barriers, with curiosity and candor. 

"The trip", Roosevelt Island Tramway, NYC 2015
"The trip", Roosevelt Island Tramway, NYC 2015

The Book: In December 2015, subject to the success of this Kickstarter campaign, Francesca will publish a collection of images as a hard-cover photography book. She thinks these photographs have something powerful to say about human connection and its correlation with art, music, and the street. As one of the dancers told her "with an actual object you are able to tell things words alone cannot express".

This book will display over 150 rich color and black and white photographs from performances and intimate moments around New York City.

In seeking support to make the book possible, she wants to ask you to help her.

The book will acknowledge the names of all the people who help make the book possible by supporting this Kickstarter campaign as per the pledges.

"Intersectionality Matters", Pride Parade NYC, June 2015
"Intersectionality Matters", Pride Parade NYC, June 2015

Video Thanks: Editing and filming in Rome, and profile picture: Elena Muneghina - Music: "Mind yr step" by Dennis Ferrer - Image and footage of Francesca and Boogiee: courtesy of Maggie Carroll - "Give with love and not with anger" is a line from Tylon's breathtaking routine, and he is the one who inspired me first (@Tylonthe1) - Subtitles by Jerry - All other images and videos: All Rights Reserved © Francesca Magnani

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Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges when publishing a photobook include the possibility of delay, but Francesca and the publisher she will be working with are highly experienced at dealing with the production and printing challenges involved in making great photo books. If this campaign is successful, we will do everything possible to make sure the book is published in December 2015.

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    Thank you! Receive two copies of the book - one for you and one for a friend, your name printed in the acknowledgements section of the book, one archival, museum quality, limited edition photo of the book's cover image, hand signed by Francesca.

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