HOW DO I LOOK
"EduTainment / DocuFeature" film on the BALLROOM CULTURE,
Artistic Empowerment Program and AIDS Awareness
by WOLFGANG BUSCH.
The Mission is:
to empower 200 "Ballroom" community members artistically, financially & professionally.
Proceeds from the royalties are to be shared by the ballroom community,
LGBT community- based organizations and the director.
The Vision for:
this unique improvisational performance art-form is to protect
the natural artistic progression
from manipulation and negative energy flow and to capture the passing
of the over 35 year old tradition through the eye of the director.
The Goal is:
to create an arts in education program and to inspire people from all
walks of life to raise money and give back to the community
through similar programs.
We want to bring the attention to our community to bring
more respect to the arts and to break down racism and stereotyping.
How Do I Look Synopsis:
The "How Do I Look" documentary was created by artistic and social activist Wolfgang Busch for Art From The Heart LLC.
over a period of 10 years,
to empower the“Ball”community artistically and financially and
to build a national artistic infrastructure to further the careers of
How Do I Look is a LGBT artistic empowerment,
HIV/AIDS awareness community project and an arts in education program,
focusing on the members of the national“Ball”community
that took their talents outside the"Ball"scene and worked
with superstars such as:
Queen Latifa, Madonna,India and fashion designer Thierry Mugler.
How Do I Look captured the“Ball”communities talents,
the assets of this very creative and trend setting
community and takes you inside of this over 35 year old Harlem tradition.
How Do I Look highlights on the legends and icons life styles,
their house system and family values,
their every day struggles,
the fierce fashion the dance vogue old way vs. new way and runway competition,
the passing of three generations of ballroom fashion traditions,
transgender health issues and education,
HOPE messages on the battle with HIV/AIDS,
and how they build their confidence,
self esteem and ballroom status through the arts.
The outstanding fashion,
runway and voguing visuals in this documentary are the result of
this improvisational performance art form and the natural artistic progression.
It was captured by German/American activist and film maker
Wolfgang Busch through an artistic lense,
while showcasing their talents in different categories on the runway,
battling for that perfect 10 from the judges for ballroom status,
recognition, cash and trophies,
to become legendary and be voted into the Ballroom Hall of Fame one day.
Transgender education by Carmen Xtravaganza,
Octavia St. Laurent, Angie Infiniti and Jazmine Givenchy,
substance abuse by Junior Labeija and R.R Chanel and Jose Xtravaganza.
Based on their gender,
every house member can participate and has the opportunity to bring
their fantasy to reality on the runway,
living that superstar moment most of them can not experience anywhere else.
Lifetime achiever and Ballroom Hall of Famer Kevin Omni and mother
of the year 2004 Luna Khan are assistant directors and Marcel Christian,
Alvernian Prestige, Mann Prodigy, Ricky Revlon, Derryck Labeija,
CoolAid and Jack Mizrahi give us the Ballroom history.
Legendary Icon Pepper Labeija,
one of the founders of the Harlem"Ball"scene in the sixties,
is being honored by the community for his leadership and for his endless contributions.
HDIL captures the unique talents of futuristic bazaar fashion designers
Ross Infiniti and RR Chanel International,
along with the voguing talents of
Willi Ninja, Jose Xtravaganza, Mecca, Muhammad Omni and Andre Mizrahi
who keep the history and the legacy alive for future generations to enjoy.
The powerful transgender community is represented by Octavia St. Laurent,
Carmen Xtravaganza, Tracy Africa, Alyssa St. Clair and Jazmine Givenchy Blahnik.
They speak about their diverse life styles such as graduating
from Syracuse university,
modeling & performance careers and the stages of transformation of becoming a transgender.
Octavia's farther Billy Austin tells us to love our children as they are.
Luna Luis Ortiz,
Mother of the House of Khan leaves the children with a message of HOPE
by sharing his story about how he became infected
with the HIV virus during his first sexual experience
at the age of 14; and how he continues to live a full life at the age of 33,
using his photography skills as a teacher at the Harvey Milk High School.
Harmonica Sunbeam speaks of the importance of protecting yourself against HIV at all times.
Jaimee Balenciaga, voted mother of the year for 7 years in a row,
is a lesbian talking about how she educates her house children
and prepares them for the competition on and off the runway.
Poems are by Emanuel Xavier called"Legends"and by Octavia
St. Laurent the"Chosen One".
The music is provided by the local community,
Tori Fixx from Chicago,
DJ PUNCH from Atlanta,
The How Do I Look Project,
Octavia St. Laurent
and Willie Villegas from New York.
The exciting performances and magical moments in How Do I Look,
attracted many celebrities during the work in progress,
Melba Moore, Malik Joba, Mo'Nique and Boy George,
multiple #1 Billboard dance artist Kevin Aviance,
gossip columnist Michael Musto and Patricia Field from Sex in the Cit
can be heard and seen in How Do I Look.
How Do I Look has been an inspiration in many peoples'
lives in the community and inspired artist Kevin Aviance with producer GOMI,
The How Do I Look Project,
DJ Relentless and Truly to write a song
about How Do I Look before its release.
community and consumer feedback from the limited fund-raiser
DVD release has been very strong and the media response from the New York Times,
NY Post and BBC TV in London has been very positive.
How Do I Look is already used for student studies and thesis
in high schools and at Harvard and Temple universities.
We had screenings with lectures at Yale-NYU-Detroit Mercy university and Oberlin college,
the Harvey Milk High School,
the Door youth organization,
the Latino Commission on AIDS,
Gay Men's Health Crisis,
Minority Task Force on AIDS,
the HIV Forum and at LGBT cultural
institutions such as the LGBT community Center in NYC & Philadelphia,
StoneWall Democratic Club and Black Pride NYC.
We received letters of support from Manhattan Borough President C.
Virginia Field, Senator David Patterson, NY State Senator Thomas K.
Duane and the White House
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