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.
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.
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.
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.
DIRECTOR / WRITER – Sonia Hong
PRODUCER – Allia McLeod
EDITOR – Celeste Diamos
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.
Food & gas for cast and crew
Costume design and rentals
Post Production Costs
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