Waack Revolt. A Dance Film.

A twisted short film about love, defiance and the need to dance.
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Allia McLeod
Film
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
4 Team Members

HELLO DANCE FANS, ARTISTS AND FRIENDS OF ALL THINGS EQUITY AND GENDER-BENDING,

My name is Sonia Hong

I'm a Toronto based filmmaker whose work has been screened at the Toronto Urban Film Festival, Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, Vancouver Queer Film Festival and Reel Asian Film Festival.  I was honoured with the Women In Film and Television’s award for “Most Innovative Film by a Female Director”, as well as the “Best Up-and-Coming Toronto Film or Video Maker” by the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival Jury for my last film, “A Dragged out Affair”. 

As a queer artist I’ve always wished to explore how one is sometimes reluctant to evolve with the changing times, and in contrast, one is sometimes reluctant to revisit the past as an influence towards the future.   

INSPIRATION + CONTEXT 

When I was given the opportunity to collaborate with Toronto dancers Emily Law and Diana Reyes on a project, it inspired us to explore the history of both film and dance and fuse together similar themes that encourage our work. We decided the main theme would be challenging traditional gender roles in the film medium as well as gender stereotypes of body movements in dance.

Waacking, an urban underground dance that originated in the 70s, and made popular by Soul Train, was making a comeback.  Recognized by its femininity, flailing arms and vogues (pausing while dancing to pose) this dance style seemed to speak exactly to our themes. Finally there was an "urban dance" where women and men can let their femininity shine and be strong too. This is how WAACK REVOLT. A DANCE FILM began. 

THE STORY

This cheeky love story, WAACK REVOLT. A DANCE FILM, sets the stage for a playful journey that opens during an audition in 1940s Hollywood. It is here that our two lovers first meet and begin their love affair with one another – which centers around their shared passion for "Waacking". Outraged by their “Waacking” dance style, a visual metaphor for their unconventional love and identity, the public exclaim that they aren't permitted to "Waack" in public, and must keep it behind closed doors.

In response, the couple escapes to different iconic time periods, sliding and interchanging between genders, ultimately blurring the lines entirely as they "Waack" their way to a full, vivid expression of themselves and their love.


The film is set to premiere at the REEL ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL this fall in Toronto. 

www.reelasian.com

 

STARRING 

EMILY LAW aka EM FATALE

Professional dancer and founding member of the Toronto house dance crew Warehouse Jacks. Emily has been nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore award and a Gemini for her work with Kaha:wi Dance Theatre.  

DIANA REYES aka FLY LADY DI

Multi-disciplinary artist, who has appeared on several progams including MuchMusic’s “RapCity”, and CBC Music’s “How to Dance to Classical Music”.  Diana is a member of b current’s prestigious rAiz’n ensemble – home to some of Canada’s most successful performing artists, playwrights and producers.  

 

MUSIC BY

MAYLEE TODD

A dynamic and multi-faceted artist, based in Toronto, Maylee’s music combines organic and electronic forms, including elements of boogie, bossa, space funk, psychedelia and soul. She’s shared the stage with the likes of Janelle Monae, Lee Fields, Aloe Blacc, Little Dragon, and The Budos Band. SOCAN has recently nominated her for the coveted songwriting prize. 

Get into the 'Waack Revolt. A Dance Film." groove with some of her funky tunes.

http://mayleetodd.com/

 

CREW

DIRECTOR / WRITER – Sonia Hong 

PRODUCER – Allia McLeod 

 

WHAT WE NEED & WHAT YOU GET

We want to make a visually stunning dance film.  Our team is raising funds to cover production costs that include: set design, location costs, filming expenses, and more.  In exchange for your donations we're offering some really exciting perks. 

Production Costs

Location

Props

Set design

Set construction

Equipment rentals

Food & gas for cast and crew

Costume design and rentals

Post Production Costs

Sound editing

Sound design

Sound mix

Color Correction

  

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP 

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  • $5CAD
    HIGH-FIVE

    You will receive a SHOUT-OUT on our “Waack Revolt – A Dance Film” Facebook page.

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  • $10CAD
    FUNKY

    You will receive a SHOUT-OUT on our “Waack Revolt – A Dance Film” Facebook page, PLUS, a THANK YOU CREDIT in the film.

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  • $25CAD
    OUTRAGEOUS

    You will receive all of the above PLUS, a “Waack Revolt – A Dance Film” DIGITAL WALLPAPER featuring EM FATALE and FLY LADY DI.

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  • $50CAD
    STRUT & POSE

    You will receive all of the above PLUS, a “Waack Revolt – A Dance Film” limited edition "HOW TO WAACK" POSTCARD featuring some of EM FATALE and FLY LADY DI'S favourite Waacking poses.

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  • $75CAD
    SEXY, SLEEK

    You will receive all of the above PLUS, a "Waack Revolt - A Dance Film" T-SHIRT signed by EM FATALE and FLY LADY DI.

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  • $125CAD
    GET DOWN

    You will receive all of the above PLUS, a WAACKING DANCE CLASS with EM FATALE and FLY LADY DI.

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  • $200CAD
    SHOWTIME

    You will receive all of the above PLUS, 2 TICKETS TO THE PREMIERE of “Waack Revolt – A Dance Film” at the Reel Asian Film Festival in Toronto. *Travel & Accommodations not included*

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  • $350CAD
    STAR LOVE

    You will receive all of the above PLUS, 2 TICKETS TO SEE FLY LADY DI and EM FATALE live, on stage in their next performance. *Travel & Accommodations not included*

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  • $500CAD
    YOU’RE WAACK

    You will receive all of the above PLUS, a SET VISIT to see the cast and crew in action and a COPY OF THE FINAL FILM. *Travel & Accommodations not included*

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  • $750CAD
    ORIGINAL FUNK

    You will receive all of the above PLUS, a TORONTO REEL ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL PASS and a SNEAK PEEK of the final film. *Travel & Accommodations not included*

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    RESPECT

    You will recieve all of the above* PLUS, an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT, TICKETS to the film PREMIERE PARTY, and a WALK ON ROLE! *Reel Asian Festival pass not included* *Travel & Accommodations not included*

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