First-time director ActressAuteur™ Cali Lili’s fresh off the grid™ #HandMade LGBTQ interracial love story and climate-action-based gender debate eVe N’god this female is not yet rated ™ opens Feb 1, 2019 for a one week run through Feb 7, 2019.
Tickets for the run will include a free download of the film’s soundtrack (while supplies last).
The allegorical, avant-garde fairytale is described as 1 day in the epiphany of a 21st century girl, who kissed a girl ™ A lost and found, edenic virginity fantasy bordering on polyamory, a bittersweet climate-change romance in the key of Rock N’ Soul and an immersive, sea-life sci-fi dream as the Global Girl awakens to the Legacy of Herself.
The all-female crew production from actress/director Cali Lili and her sustainable, up-cycled, movie and music studio in gentrification-torn Venice Beach Canals was shot throughout Venice with ocean-conservancy footage that includes a local octopus named Octavia and other sea-life, appearing unprompted for the lens during principal photography. Costumes and sets were designed by Cali and manufactured from at least 90% Up-cycled materials including fruits, vegetables and flowers supplied by farmers at the local farmers markets to help create the garden of eVe.
Movie co-stars the legendary Indie Spirits Award nominee, iconic actor/musician Wings Hauser in the lead male role, Doctor Godard / aka god, with Cali Lili as eVe, and Candace Burney as Lila. Certified on IMDB as Triple F-rated, meaning that it was written, directed and produced by a woman, making it one of the first (if not the first) narrative motion pictures made primarily by women.
The project originated, in part, as a response to Cali Lili’s own MeToo experiences and promotion of its all female on-the-set crew status, began during pre-production as far back as 2011 likely setting the current trend and weathering early discriminatory push-backs from various directions. This theatrical release is considered a milestone attained by such a small team, against all odds.
Description of the film as breaking the sound barrier, is reference to the lead female speaking over 51% of the film, and shattering narrative structures along with glass ceilings in a poetic, fluid, dream-like style in which music and sound play a role. Cali’s Signature style is described in her own writings as “HandMade2MakeADifference™ with ToyBoxTech™ “MinimalistMethodologies™ as described in her book “TheDeclarationOfIndiePenDance™ ” © It’s true that some of my work is informed by my own “MeToo” experiences in the industry, however, my point of view about it, leans more towards an examination of how sexism, racism, homophobia, climate denial and all the other “isms” have hurtled us toward this age of obscene economic injustice.
Visually, Cali’s film is informed by certain painters and collage reflected in her lighting design, sets, costumes and editing. Additionally she sought to express her “sustainable economics” ethics by using 90% up-cycled materials in sets and costumes. Many of the materials came from donations by farmers at the local farmers’ market. Cali’s ” minimalism methodologies” are often described as ToyBoxTech™ HandMade2MakeADifference™ She work from her “up-cycled” green studio in Venice Beach, which was hand-built to remain in harmony with the ocean and wildlife surroundings. The “floating” nature of the Venice Canals is reflected in her work, where there is a sense of “float.”
The story’s narrative is based on true-life events including a semi-autobiographical coming out story. Dedicated on-screen to victims of violence against women, LGBTQ persons, indigenous communities and the environment, dialogue centers on a surfer studying for her PHD in science, but who must work as a stripper to pay tuition and evolves into a debate involving the love-hate triangle between eVe as everywoman, Doctor Godard as University thesis advisor / white male authority figure, and Lila / aka Lilith as eVe’s black lesbian lover and spiritual twin. The Global Girl is described as a greek chorus in this modern-day re-telling of ancient secrets.
Born organically from a graphic novel, the project is equal parts cinematic exploration, love song, declaration of independence, and political protest on behalf of all vulnerable lives in the balance.
Songs on the soundtrack are described as sexy-smart protest-love-songs, thick with lyrics and percussion, Rock N’ Soul recorded with a diverse, inclusive group of professional live musicians, minimal synth. Cali’s Singer-Songwriter Style ranges from Feminist Rap / Soul Hip Hop to Anthemic guitar heavy Psychedelic Folk-Rock, to Femme-Punk and World-Beat Grooves.
13 song debut-album / soundtrack recently dropped, encouraging audiences to know the songs before seeing the movie, or get to know them afterwards, and is available on Apple iTunes and all other music platforms
*** 4:00 PM ( please note *this 4PM screening only on this day is held in the smaller theater) ***