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Queerdo. | An LGBTQ Thesis Film

$4,219 of $5,200 goal

Raised by 147 people in 9 months


Project Statement:

"What I am hoping to accomplish with 'Queerdo.' is to create an exploration of the complexities of intersectional identity, and how this informs the relationships we form with those around us. This project is a testament to my own experiences as a self-proclaimed ‘queerdo’, but just as importantly, it strives to reflect the experiences of a diverse range of low-income/homeless LGBTQ ‘runaways’.

These experiences will be placed within the framework of ‘the human condition’ -- i.e. our inherent desire for community, companionship and trust; as well as the importance of ‘chosen family’ (especially during the formative times in our lives, such as adolescence). This exploration is crucial for me, as someone who is constantly grappling with my ever-changing circumstances, and thus respectively, my always-changing identities and consequent communities. Within the flux of life’s circumstances, there are always lessons to be extracted about who we are and how we interact with the world around us, and I am a firm believer that we must always carry our newfound knowledges into the next stages of our lives.

Frameworking the LGBTQ, PoC and homeless communities, in this light, are very intentional actions on my part, because I believe that these communities are generally not given enough attention, discourse or respect. Thus, there is even less often a reflection of the diverse experiences of people who exist within these subcategories.

I am hoping that 'Queerdo.' begins to generate a more complex, layered discussion about the realities that exist within the intersections of race, economics, sexuality and identity."

- Bianka Alexandria Bell, writer + director


Synopsis:

Dee, a resilient nonbinary 17-year-old, flees their abusive home to find themself inside the gay mecca of America: San Francisco. But upon arriving to the city, they begin to understand that a life of social freedom is more complicated than one would anticipate.

After a by-chance encounter with the persistent Mama B, an eccentric black transwoman, Dee is granted an opportunity to form their own “chosen family”. Once having harbored a general distrust towards everyone around them, they finally begin to exude hope, opening their heart to an eclectic circle of individuals. However, within this new state of existence, Dee is forced to adapt a deeper, more nuanced comprehension of unconditional love, support and family.


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CORE CAST:

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Aarianna 'AJ' Johnson as ‘DEE’

"There's always this fear of how someone will react when... coming out. Playing this character makes me feel, from a different perspective... how someone would have felt if they were pushed out; pushed away from a family that didn't accept them."



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Kiana Young as ‘BRANDY’

"I'm super-excited to be in 'QUEERDO.' because as queer and trans people of color, we very rarely see representation; or, accurate representation of our stories, our voices, our histories. And it's super-crucial that we get that."



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Ayana ‘Yanni’ Brumfield as ‘JUNIOR’


"Bianka's energy is so big and charismatic, and I've been wanting to work with her for a while... She's doing projects within the queer community that are so different than what everybody else is doing and I think it's necessary... we need that representation."



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Star Amerasu as 'MAMA B'



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CORE CREW:


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Bianka Alexandria Bell - Writer/Director/Producer

Bianka Alexandria Bell is a San Francisco-based filmmaker, actor and musician. Motivated by the notions of social justice and intersectionality, Bianka has been involved with an array of film, music and print media projects throughout her adolescence, undergraduate and postgraduate years. In 2017, she premiered the six-episode comedic web series, ‘Blatantly Bianka’, an exaggerated, scripted riff off of her own personal experiences dating and surviving as an artist in the Bay. Her first feature, a dark, experimental drama entitled ‘My Life Is A Lie’ will be entered into the 2019 festival circuit. Bianka’s ultimate career goal is to use her unusual life experiences as a queer, mixed-race woman of color to expand public interest and perspective on taboo subject matters pertaining to race, class, gender and sexuality. She graduated from the MFA Film program at California College of the Arts in May of 2019.

You can watch Bianka's past directorial work HERE.



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Destiny Evans - Director of Photography 

"I am currently completing my Bachelors in broadcasting and electronic media, with an emphasis in video production. I am a self-taught photographer, and have been pursuing it professionally for the last three years. 

I've interned with many organizations that are dedicated to storytelling and really pushing the way we tell them.

What has really inspired me have been the people I've worked with; the women of color and femme-identified folks of color whom have looked at my work and asked more from me. I've been inspired by the QTPoC folks in my community, and by the blatant lack of our stories/how they're told, in mainstream media. 

Thus, my biggest career goal is to tell the stories of these very QTPoC folks. Always. And to be able to really empower other folks to do the same. I want to tell the hard stories. I want to be able to really dive into cinematography and to convey the weight of what can't only be told, but seen. I am going to tell unapologetically black, queer stories. And I'm going to use whatever medium that calls for at the time; be it film, video, or photography. I'm going to teach, while also learning and growing at the same time. It's why I am a storyteller."



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Vladimir Ponomarev - Line Producer

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*** We've modified and lessened our total goal, as Bianka, in addition to being writer/director/producer, took on the roles of editor/colorist/sound designer. Now, we are raising funds to finish compensating our (primarily QTPoC) cast and production crew, and to have a bit to submit to festivals as well!

Please support. These are the stories that must be told AND seen.
WE THANK YOU SO MUCH IN ADVANCE.
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HI ALL! We're down to the wire here -- THREE WEEKS left to raise the final $1,500 we absolutely NEED to finish this film. Please share far and wide and consider donating!

[a special behind-the-scenes video for anyone more curious about the project]

Thank you in advance for the visibility & support <3
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FIRST official teaser-trailer look @ 'QUEERDO.' Please go to the YouTube video page and like, comment and share! <3 We're nearly 1/3 of our way to our goal, but we've still got lots of work to put in! xx - Bianka
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Want to learn even more about the project? Check out writer/director Bianka Alexandria Bell's interview with LESBIONYX Blog here:

https://lesbionyx.com/special-edition/2019/1/16/520lm3hsgyz62ry6s0a5lp33zes5gp
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BIG NEWS!!! Our first official teaser has been released <3 Check it out and continue to spread the word about 'QUEERDO.' Let's get this project finished!!
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