BodyMore is our contribution to a political and cultural climate that undervalues and dismisses Black bodies, Womxn's bodies and Queer bodies. A culture which would have us silenced rather than share our deepest truths. Well, time is up on that.
At the intersection of #BlackLivesMatter & #MeToo
From party to protest, BodyMore is a dialectic between a Black woman and America. A sardonic nickname for the city of Baltimore by locals, “BodyMore” typically references the city’s unfortunately high murder rate. This film subverts the nickname to speak to a different body count altogether: the bodies of women navigating their freedom.
Shot on location in Baltimore, BodyMore is our gritty and pretty love letter to my hometown. Filled with local Baltimore talent, BodyMore is adapted from my short story, “Unfinished.” This film is a coming-of-age story about a young Black activist who is queer, polyamorous and living in sharp defiance of status quo: politically and sexually.
We need You.
Much like the age old philosophical question: "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"
Likewise, we wonder: "If a film is made in Baltimore by a young artist collective without adequate outreach and marketing funding and no one is around to see it, does it exist?"
We don't want to ponder that too hard.
We need At Least $20,000 to not only complete this project but share it with the world. BodyMore is a real down-to-earth, grassroots production. We called in a lot of favors to make this film and had a lot of support from family and friends. But it's time to pay our debts.
In addition to an amazingly professional crew and cast, the best damn creative team this side of the Mississippi and sponsorship by Panasonic Varicam, BodyMore requires original scoring, color correction, visual effects and intense editing to give you the highest quality film. That, plus our festival fees, outreach materials and travel needed to get the film out and into the world has left us needing your support to continue sharing this film with the world.
And we kept the receipts, y'all. We even made a fun pie chart to show you the exact breakdown of exactly how your greatly appreciated funds will be used. Please support us today, get our perks, and support a Black women's narrative.
Meet the Team
Darren Mallett is a director, writer, producer born and raised in Brooklyn,NY and Tampa, FL. Inspired by the beauty of Black and Queer narratives across the African Diaspora, he believes that sharing authentic and transparent narratives, promotes a culture of empathy and compassion.
Darren is the director and co-writer of the award winning short, BodyMore (2018), Co-creator and Executive Producer of comedy web series, Brett and the City and produced /directed episodes for the Black Gotham Experience web series (2016).Together he along with Producer, Empress Varnado started Black Brown and Digital (#bbdigital) , a series of events highlighting digital content creators of color. Darren is currently directing upcoming documentary short, BLOOM, following the lives of Queer men of color visiting and residing in Jamaica.
Darren is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City and directed/produced several pieces with the Plastic Flamingo Theater Company. Darren completed Gotham Writers Workshop for television writing in addition to sitcom and feature film writing at the The New School where he holds a BFA in Musical Theater. Follow Darren on IG @DarrenMallett.
Shannon Shird is a Brooklyn-based writer and filmmaker born and raised in Baltimore, MD. She has curated and participated in artistic and activist programming that engages social justice movements in NYC, Cuba, South Africa and Japan. She is also a writer with several essays and blog posts published by a variety of outlets. She got her start in film serving as impact producer for award-winning documentary film, Black and Cuba (2014).
In addition to BodyMore, Shannon is producing Bloom a documentary short set in Jamaica and also does outreach for 2017's award-winning documentary film Complicit. She holds a master of arts in international affairs from The New School and a bachelor of arts in history from Smith College.
Antonia Colodro is a Chilean filmmaker, photographer, and teaching artist. After graduating high school in Santiago, Chile, she moved to New York to pursue a career in journalism and film. Colodro has traveled internationally as a cinematographer and has worked for prominent news establishments such as Democracy Now! and El Diario La Prensa. She is an MFA candidate for cinematography at Brooklyn College's Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema.
Jade Foster, is founder of salon-styled poetry tour, THE REVIVAL, she has connected over 2,000 queer women across the U.S. and abroad. Frustrated with the lack of outlets for poets who were neither totally academic or solely "spoken word," THE REVIVAL tribe engages audiences on a new literary stage. The Brooklyn-based creative catalyst aims to redefine the American Literary Arts, and continues to present creative innovations through her writings and productions. She is currently head of fundraising at Anacostia Arts Center in her hometown of Washington, D.C.
Bohdana Smyrnova started making films at the age of 17 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Her short film Les demarches des papiers had already received international recognition when she moved to New York in 2005 to join NYU’s graduate film program with the Dean’s Fellowship. To date, Bohdana’s shorts have been screened at more than 200 events around the world including French theatrical release and prestigious festivals such as Rotterdam, Clermont-Ferrand, Taipei Golden Horse, and Slamdance, garnering over 20 awards. She has taught film at Syracuse and Wesleyan Universities (USA).
A filmmaker with a distinct voice, Bohdana explores through her stories complex human relationships, desires conflicting with reality, and situations that pose no right choice. She is currently developing her first feature film Anywhere She Goes to be shot in New York, USA, and Chernivtsi, Ukraine.
Malikah Shabazz is a Detroit-born, Brooklyn-based media professional. She currently curates #BilalianExperience, an online platform celebrating and showcasing Black Muslim American.
She also serves as an Arts and Culture editor for Sapelo Square, an online resource for African-American Muslims. In addition to working as a freelance producer and director, she has works with FuseTV as a content/production coordinator.
Malikah holds a Master of Arts in Media Studies from The New School and currently works in TV production.
Risks and challenges
BodyMore only exists because of the support of a community generously sharing resources, skills, time and money. While we've put our own personal money into the project we're also actively applying for grants and petitioning institutions in our network for support.
In fact, the generous people at Cee Media awarded us our very first grant in September of last year! We were psyched for this vote of confidence and coin from a community of our peers! Check them out here: http://www.ceesmithmedia.com/
But our debts aren't paid. We need to pay our first class crew, cast and transportation who worked so hard to make this film beautiful.
Like any film it needs to be seen by the world - through great digital marketing, outreach team and more! Plus film festivals have application fees, travel and lodging costs and more to bring team out and we'd like to take this around the world! Please support BodyMore today!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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