All The Reasons You Should Support the "Oh Rosie!" Fundraiser

By Alexandria Boddie

Album art for "Oh Rosie!", by Alexandria Boddie

Inspired by Rosie Perez’s iconic choreography from her time on Soul Train, this dance short film is a visual shout, showing how a woman must tap into different parts of her own psyche to get through her day.

Rosie Perez dancing on Soul Train in the early 90s

This artistic idea - conceived in love and joy with some friends of mine at the Chateau Marmont - went on to be incubated and safeguarded in my mind through some really gnarly hard times. And now - in stability and renewed wellness and confidence - this baby is positioned for birth.

"Oh Rosie!" is a somatic message from my body-mind. It's the flame that warmed me and kept me fighting for my life through periods of homelessness and ill health. It's a tribute and message to womxn all over the world who know and understand exactly what the following statement means: "You gotta be who you gotta be to get where you need to go, but always hold space for who you really are."

The Artist

 

Hi! Just in case you’re new here, I’m an LA-based actress, model, and indie artist. This baby took three years from conception to a huge milestone: in 2018, as a collaboration between musician Kelvin McKay-Hill and myself, we created the music for "Oh Rosie!" while the vision for the video played in my imagination. Then in 2019, I released "Oh Rosie!" on all streaming platforms.

Now pause reading, hit play to get into the song, and then continue reading...

The Look

Our baby’s visual and technical inspiration comes from fashion films, runway extravaganzas, Doechii's music video for "Crazy", the classic Soul Train camera setup, Rosie Perez being EVERYTHING, and more.

 

The Family

All above-the-line crew helping me birth this baby are womxn, and so are 99% of the rest of the team. Together, we have over 30 years of professional experience in the entertainment industry, moving and shaking and making it happen. Additionally, this project features visual art by Seattle-based artist Liz Tran and choreography by NYC-based dancer Emily Hart Lopez, making this production a family of artistic excellence.

A portrait of artist Liz Tran, in front of one of her paintings

Liz Tran

A photograph of dancer/choreographer Emily Hart Lopez

Emily Hart Lopez

Why Should You Join Our Family?

You are an arts enthusiast. Music isn't just background noise to you, and art is more than just wall decoration. You listen, appreciate, collect, and engage with intention and discernment. You're the kind of audience member that artists dream of - attuned and ready to rock and roll.

You believe in economic justice. Womxn in Hollywood, both in front of and behind the camera, are consistently underpaid, overworked, and disrespected. And on top of that, because of the strikes (which are justified; in this house we celebrate unions), work is hard to come by. This is a womxn-led production with racial and economic justice embedded into the entire process. Your support more than helps us keep roofs over our heads and food in our bellies; it's an investment in a just and free reality that we all deserve to live in.

You believe in radical joy. Womxn of all genders deserve to honor and celebrate their true selves. There are some truly evil forces at work right now, working day and night to roll back the clock on our basic rights and freedoms. F**k those pieces of s**t. In the face of rejection and oppression, when the powers-that-be seek to make us feel ashamed about how we show up in this world, joy and free expression is a radical act.

Fundraising Goals

This fundraiser kicked off mid-January. As of February 20th, we have raised enough money to cover food for our crew on production days, travel and housing for Liz and Emily, and insurance to protect our cinematographer's gear. Help us raise an additional $5,000 by February 29th! We'll be able to pay our crew promptly at a rate that is much more respectful of their time and expertise 

If you've read all the way to the end of this page, YOU ARE THE REAL MVP and you are appreciated! Take the extra step of joining our family:

  1. make a one-time (1 Year) or recurring donation...
  2. then share this crowdfund link with five of your friends
  3. if you'd rather send a donation directly, you can Cashapp $oddboddie or Venmo @krftdatelier

Our house is your house - open the door and step in!

Alexandria Boddie

I'm a one-woman circus and the world's most passionate Grace Jones stan. Everything about your planet confounds me, except cats. Book me: hritalent.com


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