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Bruk Out! follows six unique dancers from around the globe as they prepare for the world's biggest Dancehall Queen competition.
Bruk Out! follows six unique dancers from around the globe as they prepare for the world's biggest Dancehall Queen competition.
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Bruk Out! A Dancehall Queen Documentary

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**WATCH DIRECTOR, CORI MCKENNA, EXPLAIN WHY WE ARE MAKING THIS MOVIE **

BRUK OUT:  "to get unruly, wild, or rebellious"

The ladies of Bruk Out!
The ladies of Bruk Out!

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It's My Pussy
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Jamaican Dancehall Queen, Tall Up - Montego Bay
Jamaican Dancehall Queen, Tall Up - Montego Bay

Bruk Out! looks deep inside the raw, energetic world of Jamaican Dancehall culture through the eyes of the powerful women at its heart – Dancehall Queens.  Often criticized for being lewd and aggressively sexual, these daring performers have turned Jamaican street dance into a massive global phenomenon.

Bruk Out! follows six of the best Dancehall Queens from around the world—Japan, Italy, America, Poland, Spain, and of course, Jamaica—as they prepare to do battle at the world's biggest dancehall competition.  Visually provocative and emotionally intimate, their stories converge in a never-before-seen look into the life of the Dancehall Queen.

Alevanille - Dancehall Queen Italy
Alevanille - Dancehall Queen Italy

COMPLETION STATUS

Bruk Out! is about 60% shot.  We still have a lot left to do!  We need to shoot with dancers in Europe and Japan (Dancehall is a huge global phenomenon), and of course we have to edit the movie.  That's A LOT of traveling, and A LOT of $$$$$!

And that's where YOU come in. We already have some great stuff -- out-of-control parties, family dinners, intimate moments, motorbike rides at sunset, and of course, DANCING.  But it's your contributions that will keep us going, help us finish, and bring this movie and these women to the world. It's been amazing so far, and we can't wait to shoot the rest.

Ale Camara - Dancehall Queen Poland, in Kingston
Ale Camara - Dancehall Queen Poland, in Kingston

WHY WE'RE MAKING THIS MOVIE

Dancehall is happening NOW. It has incorporated itself so completely into pop culture, most of us don't even realize it. Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Miley...their dance moves AND music borrow from Dancehall roots. We can show you where it all comes from.

We ALSO want to explore how a dance borne from poverty and oppression has transformed into a vehicle of empowerment for the women who perform.

Women around the world are often subjected to confusing double standards about their sexuality. Even in progressive nations, women are asked to straddle a fine line when it comes to their bodies - dress sexy, but not too sexy...be provocative but not aggressive.

In the eyes of many, Dancehall Queens have crossed that line, and can be accused of objectifying themselves. But what we've found in making this movie is quite the opposite. These women use Dancehall to express themselves, to own their sexuality, and to gain confidence in every part of their lives.

WHERE THE MONEY WILL GO

TRAVEL AND PRODUCTION (Flights for crew to Poland, Spain, Italy and Japan, lodging, equipment, meals, crew expenses) = $20,000

POST-PRODUCTION (Editor, Color Correction, Sound Mixing) = $15,000

MUSIC RIGHTS AND CLEARANCES (We want to bring the most relevant, exciting Dancehall music to the soundtrack!) = $15,000

Japanese Dancehall Queen "Pinky" - Montego Bay
Japanese Dancehall Queen "Pinky" - Montego Bay

Risks and challenges

Because this film follows women from around the world, the hardest part is traveling to film them. We will need to coordinate with them, hire local crews/fixers, and be organized with equipment and travel insurance. However, we have a solid 2-month production plan for our remaining international shoots, plus an additional 20 week post-production schedule, with clear goals and deadlines. In short, we are getting it done! After all, we can't let these incredible women down.

Based on years of combined experience with television and documentary production, we are confident we will overcome any obstacles during this crazy journey.

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    IRIE: A heartfelt thank you for joining the BrukOut! crew (and your name on our website “wall of fame” for all time).

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    BLESS UP: Digital download of Bruk Out! + a Bruk Out! Sticker + mad respect and love from the entire Bruk Out! crew and all of the Dancehall Queens.

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    BIG UP: Digital download of Bruk Out! + sticker + exclusive access to unseen behind-the-scenes footage.

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    BASH: Wear a piece of the film with a custom-made Bruk Out! t-shirt. Plus a Digital download of Bruk Out! + sticker + exclusive access to behind the scenes unseen footage.

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    BOOM BOOM: Unleash your inner Dancehall Queen with a pair of custom made Bruk Out! BOOTY SHORTS. Plus a Digital download of Bruk Out! + sticker + exclusive access to behind the scenes unseen footage.

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    TUN UP: An exclusive download of a video dancehall lesson featuring a real Dancehall Queen from the film as your instructor. Plus all of the above (choose t-shirt or shorts).

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    MASH UP: Get your ass shaking with a private skype lesson with a Dancehall Queen. Plus all of the above (choose t-shirt or shorts).

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    RUM UP: A real-life Carribean Queen (our very own Trinny Cee, Dancehall Queen promoter and producer extraordinaire) will bake you your own delicious rum cake to order. Shipped anywhere in the US. Plus all of the above (except private lesson; choose t-shirt or shorts).

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    PARTY STARTER: A live group lesson (up to 6 people) with a dancehall queen in New York City (travel to NYC not included; skype lesson can be provided if you’re unable to travel). Plus all of the above (except private lesson; choose t-shirt or shorts).

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    DANCEHALL QUEEN (OR KING!) FOR A DAY: Join the BrukOut! Crew for a Jamaican feast - lunch at Miss Lilys in New York City with the filmmakers AND a real-life Dancehall Queen (travel to NYC not included). Plus all of the above (not including group lesson; choose t-shirt or shorts)

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    DANCEHALL QUEEN (OR KING!) FOR LIFE: 2 VIP tickets to the Bruk Out! movie premiere and after-party, plus a meet-and-greet with Dancehall Queens and filmmakers. Plus all of the above (not including group lesson; choose t-shirt or shorts).

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    WELCOME TO THE PARTY: See the action LIVE! Get 2 VIP tickets to the International Dancehall Queen contest in Montego Bay. August 1, 2015* (provide your own travel and lodging). Plus all of the above.

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    EMPEROR/EMPRESS: See the action LIVE! Get 2 VIP tickets to the International Dancehall Queen contest in Montego Bay. August 1, 2015.* Plus, get full BACKSTAGE access and dinner/drinks with the filmmakers (provide your own travel and lodging). Plus all the above, AND a credit as a Producer of the film.

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