Some of the stars of How Do I Look:
Octavia St. Laurent
Eriq Christian Bazaar
DJ GOMI, Kevin Aviance, Wolfgang Busch, Ector Simpson
Willi Ninja, Jose Xtravaganza
Jaimee Balenciaga, Octavia St. Laurent
Wolfgang Busch, director of How Do I Look
screening and lecture at Yale University
Screening with lecture: $1,500 including the director
$2,500 including director and two members from the cast *
$3,000 including the director and four members from the cast *
$4,000 including the director and four members from the cast, plus live performance by the cast and by a performer from the CD sound track *
Film Festivals: $ 200
Not For Profit organizations: $200 for first screening - $100 each additional screening
Youth organizations: Free screenings
Youth organizations: screening with lecture
$500 including the director and one member from the cast, plus travel and lodging. For additional members of the cast, plus live performance please call
* all bookings are subject to availability of artists. Fee’s include travel and lodging.
Wolfgang Busch- 718-726-0831
email - WolfgangBusch@Earthlink.net
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 LGBT artists.
How Do I Look is a LGBT artistic empowerment, HIV/AIDS awareness community project and 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: Madonna, Queen Latifah, Madonna, La India and fashion designer Thierry Mugler.
How Do I Look captured the Balls' communities talents, the assets of this very creative and trend setting community and takes you inside of this over 40 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 lenses, 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.
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 cannot 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, Tracy Africa, Pepper Labeija, Ross Infiniti, Alvernian Prestige, Mann Prodigy, Ricky Revlon, RR. Chanel, 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 Khan, Mother of the House of Khan leaves the children with a message of HOPE by sharing his story, beauty, talents as a photographer.
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, Deadlee from Los Angeles, Michael O'Hara from Nashville, The How Do I Look Project, Harmonica Sunbeam, Jade, Shane, Robson Milian, Dutchboy, 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, fashion designer Marc Jacob and Boy George, multiple #1 Billboard dance artist Kevin Aviance, gossip columnist Michael Musto and Patricia Field from Sex in the City 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, Tori Fixx, Ru Paul, DJ Relentless and Truly to write a song about How Do I Look before its release.
The industry, 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, OutProfessionals, 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.
For more information please go to our website at www.HowDoILooknyc.org
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