Like so many geeks, I started life feeling like an outcast for lots of reasons. I was one of maybe 3 black kids at my elementary school for one thing, at a time and in a place where no one (adults included) had any qualms about showing their disgust toward a little girl because of the color of her skin. At home, I was the youngest by a stretch of about 9 years so I got picked on a lot and felt pretty isolated there too. Star Wars and rock music became my main sources of escapism, but even in a galaxy far, far away I didn't find anyone who I could totally identify with. I felt like... well... a mutant.
Then one day I was walking through a mall past an arcade. There was an X-Men game pushed up against the glass and it caught my eye. The entire side of the game was an image of this magically fierce looking leather-clad warrior goddess rockstar. She was surrounded by lightning. she had light for eyes, and a mohawk... and she was black. She looked tough as nails but kind as a mama, like she understood everything I had been through and wanted me to show her where the bad guys were so she could kick all their asses. I didn't know what I was looking at then but that moment that image changed my perspective about my place in the world. A single static image had that effect. Art is a powerful thing.
Decades later I was thrilled to find out that she would be coming to life on the big screen, but of course the incarnation that Hollywood delivered was hardly the warrior bad-ass who I discovered as a kid. She was ... mild... passive.... background fluff.
It kinda broke my heart.
She has been a queen, a goddess, a thief, a street urchin, a warrior, a leader, powerful and powerless, and a knife wielding punk-rocker. Transforming over time as storms do... but always remaining formidable and fierce, as storms are. Hollywood cheated us out of seeing any of that-- if you ask me.
Meanwhile over the past couple years I have gone through some pretty major transformations of my own. A major tragedy at the end of 2011 left me shaken to the core and sent me down a path of powerlessness and despair, and eventually rebuilding and resurrection. I found my way back to my own strength through an intense martial arts program, and eventually began to feel stronger (physically at least) than I ever have in my life... all while a storm continues to brew just under the surface, in my ever-broken heart.
I have always been a performer and creator of things, but it has been a painfully long time since I have had a project to give this much energy, attention, and love. A fan film, based on my favorite superhero... during a time when she was transforming, but still a total bad-ass. I want to make a heartfelt tribute to a character I adore, but more importantly I seek to create a bit of art that just might do for others what that arcade game image did for me so long ago.
It has turned out that lots of others are having the same vision as I am. It has been thrilling to witness the immediate and overwhelming response to my nerdy little idea.
I am endlessly grateful for the support and excitement that I have already received, and invite you all now to be a part of this little flash of awesome I'd like to produce for you all.
Are you in?
Risks and challenges
There are challenges to completing any project, and this one is pretty ambitious. However I do want to have it completed by the beginning of 2014...which is fast approaching. Budget is the main obstacle of course. As my vision developed and grew, production turned out to be dramatically more expensive than originally planned. I want this thing to look slick but obviously I don't have Hollywood money to play with or you wouldn't be reading this page....
This is a tribute piece so I certainly won't be making any profit from it at any point, but it gathering the resources to make it a reality will take the kind of resources that cost the kind of money that I just don't have access to on my own.
Can I raise 10 grand in 30 days for this thing? Han Solo would say at this point: "Never tell me the odds!"
We can make this happen together!
Serious heartfelt gratitude for your support & enthusiasm~
All My Best~
- (30 days)