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Interview On Medium with Cali Lili From eVe N’ god: this female is not yet rated speaking with Justin Bozung, Author, Blogger, Journalist, Film Scholar.

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Interview with Actress-Director-Singer-Songwriter: Cali Lili about her upcoming Cali Lili Indies ™ Release: eVe N’ god this female is not yet rated™ fresh from a theatrical run appropriately following “The Favourite” and preceding David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive Downtown Independent Cinema — Los Angeles California

It seems that the film medium is the most important to you above other artistic outlets, why do you think that the film medium prevails over others for you and is it possible that for one medium to be more powerful than others?

Cali Lili :

“ LOADED question.

Hmm.

Sorry but this one will require a long-ass answer.

I can’t be true to my team or what I am doing — without answering this fully.

That’s gonna take a while.

I began my actor “training” as a dancer so most things for me are about rhythm, emotion, motion, space and light. “pictures words music in motion ™” and “feMt0™studio” are two main descriptions for my studio . For me, answering your question requires both, a super — personal response and also a “socio-economic” / universal context.

Ever since I can remember, I noticed that the word “actress” held both ‘sacred’ + ‘derogatory’ connotations in some corners. It makes sense throughout ancient history — goddesses were both “sacred” and “profane” — … in the same way everyone feels qualified to “criticize” or praise actors — especially female actors. If done well, there’s a true “mystery” in a good performance — something like poetry with a code not easily cracked.

I’m a poet i guess ? It’s just getting “recorded” in some way, if not on 35 mm — it’s digital. On screen in a movie, or into a mic — for an album.

Sometimes the reaction to the mystery — is to criticize instead of discover. Others are “enchanted” by the mystery. I’m totally against “ tribalism “ but for lack of better description : THAT’s my tribe — those not afraid of a little “enchantment.” I say this without meaning to imply mystery novels or thrillers.

I’m trying to do something I haven’t seen on screen before. I generally remember most of the frames I’ve ever seen, like a photographic memory of sorts, if I’ve seen it — I don’t forget it.

My foundation though is, as an actor.

The work springs from there. I’m coming from a sacred “respect for acting” as someone said in ancient times when audiences had a visceral connection with actors. I am several generations forward — but — the Elizabeth Taylor , James Dean, Brando era — THAT’s what makes sense for me. That era gave birth to many concepts that “vibe” with me.

Following my own personal thread and studying that era has provided me with some guidance. Experimental theater is deep for me and I guess it’s only natural that I’d use it in my films and music. Acting is sacred righteous ‘craft’ — implying both “craftsmanship” and a form of “witchcraft.” Sorcery — which can be interpreted as “dangerous” in a patriarchal culture ( as my female protagonist “eVe” describes ).

When craft is employed by girls / women who don’t play stereotypical roles — when we get a “choice” (says eVe) we are portrayed or perceived as “dangerous” — which can be a form of FUN DANGER.

Very few of us have been provided the opportunity, THE CHOICE , to be dangerous. That’s also why “choice” scares people. The word “scared” and the word “sacred” are almost the same word — but with worlds of difference. That sacred space is familiar for me — I’ve experienced it as a form of deep “knowledge” and I have ZERO idea where I got it. I’m just grateful. It’s like a secret spell. I’m operating on instinct.

My film is dedicated to victims of violence against humanity + mother earth.

I’m really concerned with the fact that people feel they might not matter –

… at a time when humanity matters more than ever.

Every single one of us can do our part to improve this planet, and — just as crucial : this culture of humanity.

I think there’s a part of me that seeks to celebrate the possibilities of what it means to keep evolving into the best version of “me” but simultaneously I’m so worried that others might give up on becoming the best versions of themselves.

I rely on everybody to become their best selves and to save this beautiful “blue” planet.

Do you realize how very lucky we are to be here ?

I’m in the ocean, typically, every day.

That daily practice is my “temple” of sorts.

It’s a direct translation from that physicality — into my work. Film, music, books are a form of ‘transmission fluid’ like an ocean that I surf. I’m sending out ripples + waves . A liquid/fluid medium for authentically connecting with my sisters + brothers — humans — and very deeply — with nature, wildlife.

In this work . I’m finding ways , mediums (media) to express, celebrate : LOVE.

On the one hand I feel each medium can become extremely effective in communication. “Motion pictures” : Film — is perhaps the “hub”? The ‘medium’ where all the spokes meet?

My primary themes are where social justice meets environmental subjects, especially as they concern “girlpower” and oceans / sea-life. “Where Women meet water.”

FILM as a medium — CAN reach a larger audience. So, in terms of reaching out — perhaps it is the medium that reaches farther?

Movies are indeed powerful which is why the business of not only making movies but wide distribution of them should NOT be confined to the wealthy and powerful.

That’s unhealthy for civilization.

Yet — most “film distribution” is in the hands of the wealthy and powerful.

We hope to make a change there.

We hope to encourage audiences to buy the movies and albums my tiny team produces — and prove we can make a difference together.

There’s a “colloquial” / “commercial” context for this discussion.

The art of film — MAKING is both a “calling” AND a business ( fortunately or unfortunately on any given day ). It’s an “industry” and a form of “science — fiction “ it’s very nature — is science — and it is often structured in the form of “fiction.”

As a kid, I wanted an “authentic” relationship with what i do — my “calling” as an artisan. This caused a ton of trouble with my parents — it still does! I wasn’t just “rebelling” for the sake of “rebelling” — i was standing up for my rights.

I think my parents’ viewpoint is something they derived from global cultures, misled by the greedy 1 percenters.

Global cultures need art and artists as much as they need oxygen — but have been duped by the greedy to vote and act against their own best interests. On the way, I believe they have come to revile artists either through jealousy or ignorance.

That’s something I’m working to heal in the world.

We NEED artists like OXYGEN — but many cultures have completely forgotten this.

There’s a misunderstanding too — about what exactly an “artist” is. In that misunderstanding — there’s a lot of destructive energy fomented.

When a culture abandons the artist, that culture abandons its own soul.

I studied anthropology in the arts, so I realize that might be an intense way to view art. But there you are. That’s what I have come to learn. There’s a mystical / zen-like connection to the source of what I do. Alchemy? sorcery? photosynthesis? lol. 
My projects feel like “slow-cooked … distilling nectars + elixirs.”™

As a kid I needed to explore it but also needed to “justify” it, especially to my parents who totally never got it — (I still do and they still don’t) —

— but I was really lucky to have AMAZING teachers — true educators who “saw me” + encouraged the unique “calling” I was following.

In addition to ‘justifying’ my work to my parents, as I looked around me … I realized that I’d have to also “justify” to a “society” that’s extra judgemental of artists. I was a sort of “runaway with a scholarship” and maybe I still am ?

I’ve never wanted to make a movie that I’ve already seen out there.

Now there’s a whole movement exploiting some of our weakest inclinations … — an attempt to divide us along our “fault lines.”

I work to unite humanity.

That’s part of what this movie is about — when the female protagonist “eVe” discusses “mitochondrial eve” — she’s making a plea for us to realize that most of our “divisions” are cultural and “learned” — when in fact, we all have so much more in common with each other, than anything we might be deluded into believing might set us apart.

There’s a form of “gentrification of culture ™ “ ©taking place in the entertainment / media industry. It works to shape audiences’ taste — telling us what movies to see, what music to listen to — shaping not only “taste” but also our very ability to see and hear. It’s almost some weird form of eugenics. Almost as though a corporation can determine what humans will want — how they will “experience” things like “beauty” and “feeling.” I find it not only confining but scary .

So I am working to get past that “hypnosis” and REACH PEOPLE by reminding us about art and the artist.

I’m hoping to prove — with the help of audiences — that my AuthenticallyIndie™ — Truly Independently made film — TruliIndie™ — CAN INDEED find AUTHENTIC “artisanal distribution” via word of mouth and AUDIENCE supporting my work and team on a grassroots basis.

I think this will determine the future of how artists might exist.

I think it will also determine how we can empower our local-global communities — it’s a form of “Mom and Pop” revival © .

I use trademark phrases to stay focused on goals. One of them is : “SupportTheARTSustainTheARTiST™”© That means recognition of the “value” of what the artist provides to the culture — — and supporting them — — so they can eat, pay rent etc.

As it is right now, there are 1 percenter artists living like CEO’s and most of us “working class artists” — are living like — “pigeons for scraps”.

So in the “corporate movie world” : we see the same movie over and over, in the “corporate music world” : we hear the same songs — … we get “curated by corporations” instead of “curating for ourselves” — … which is the joy of life! Discovery! Thinking new thoughts, thinking our OWN THOUGHTS … ! Growing into the best version of ourselves !

That’s how I arrived at “ Makin’ A Livin’ Not A Killin’™” — I am practically proposing an economic model in this movie — a “Womanifest0™” I’m doing my bit to ask us ALL to rediscover and revive the “Mom and Pop” “handmade” “artisanal” economy “ © .

We can buy stuff from each other … we can be Solar, Wind-Power driven, green-economy driven … we can create an economy that sustains the planet — … and … — this is important y’all : each other … let us please — sustain each other.

For me it’s a “21st Century Renaissance Startup ”™ concept.

It’s a way of recovering our humanity and I discuss it in my book “Declaration of IndiePenDance™” :

“ not so much a ‘revolution’

but a ‘re EVOL ution™’ –

©

I relate to what I do as artisanry + “witchcraft” — so I hope for audiences unafraid of enchantment and FLOW.

Just surf with me for a while.

Just PLAY!

In the movie, there’s a line : “ play makes free.” That line is a sort of response to the concentration camp propaganda “ work makes free.”

As an “overachiever” — I’ve always found myself subject to that “puritan work ethic” — but I’ve discovered that — PLAY — is far more productive than slavish adherence to any form of dogma.

Big Thing : I don’t want us to lose our “innocence.”

Sisters and Brothers : PLEASE let’s don’t lose — a sense of “innocent” “play” (as opposed to a more cynical, malevolent form of “mischief” which we see going on with all the ‘white collar crime’ ).

I am very concerned that 21st Century cultures in every country need to understand how important the individual artist is, in the preservation of civilization.

The more “corporate” — or “hipster” — our cultures become — the more tenuous is our connection to our “tribal” roots … i don’t mean the “hipster” version of “tribal.” What i mean is — the real thing : Roots.

My “purpose” is to be a sort of celebratory “amp” — “amplifying” a sense of celebration — of the “ human voice.” As a performer, I’m interested in nutrition + wellness. So in my work — I’d like to — attempt to contribute toward a form of “nourishment.” That’s why I liken my studio to “AquaCulture” — which is a part of my methodology described in my book.

In the current movie there’s tons of mystic codes to crack! There’s nothing accidental in any given shot. Stuff written on the walls of the set, every costume choice, every silhouette or Crossfade.

The wish for including wildlife shots was in the original script — and my notes to crew were “keep your eyes open all day long for wildlife” — we were prepped to stop shooting in order to capture wildlife. What’s CRAZY is that the wildlife really showed up for us!!! “Octavia” the Octopus STRUTS for us …. And “Legs” the ocean crab equally delivered. All of this wildlife in the movie was a “wishlist” I put into the script — but it was all unprompted.

My process is “poetry,” with roots in Africa and also a form of “zen”- mysticism. That makes sense, given my very mixed multi-cultural heritage. I don’t believe in “tribalism” — but I do believe in the “human tribe” nurturing each other.

I think my work can speak to others … I’m not just figuring myself out — I’m also doing my best to help “row the boat” … doing my best to contribute to others as we “row the boat” together.

As a songwriter, lyrics are huge for me but the movie is like a song. So I’m making my version of “pictures words music in motion ™ “ It’s like — Spike Lee calls his films “joints” — so — it’s something like that for me — but I use other descriptions and they are all attempting to identify a form of “ Poetry in Motion“

For me — Film is an “essence” … an “aroma” … — as well as a “metaphysical reality” of its own. Process matters. I “hear” and “see” the film with album simultaneously not quite a “musical.” It’s my “music in motion ™ “ © It’s’ Like LOVE — you just know it when u feel it.

In considering your question — I’m rethinking whether it’s film that “prevails” or if it’s more the “source” of film?

Film is a hybrid for me — the “pictures words music in motion™ magic potion ” © there’s an internal feeling / connection that’s magic, it can’t be “manufactured” or explained or expressed except in the act of — making the film. It’s born organically from that seed of magic + emotion.

All of us are now — “connoisseurs” of the “moving image” — of music + media — in a sense we’ve “seen it all” on some level — but while I detest “ tribalism “ — i am asking people to join me on a discovery of what’s possible right now — but without discarding our “human tribal wisdom” –

i feel part of my “purpose” is to be — a “bridge” between cultures, traditions, classic movies, classic music and what’s possible right now for an artist. What’s possible — for my “Portrait of a 21st Century Artist — as a Girl ™©” — which is an integral part of my work.

When i was a kid, the only toys i begged for, had to do with recording + showing both images / sounds. I even over-dubbed ! LOL …

As part of my “methodology” now … I employ what i call : “ ToyBoxTechnology™” and there are stories, writings, feelings, weeping, and a whole herstory behind these theoretical concepts which became my “tools” … “toys.”

Even as a kid, I was a “GirlAuteur™” / ArtisanAuteur™ — i think it’s a great way to describe my work –

So even as a kid — I charged a dollar for the show 😎 … or any stuff I was making … bc I knew I would have to pay rent and “survive” someday … — I had to leave that house … I wasn’t from a privileged background and I KNEW we could not afford film school for me … ( even if my parents would have allowed it … and they did NOT )

So I had a sense of “necessity is the mother of invention” to my “professionalism,” for some reason … I always asked my friends “ is it professional ? is it professional ? “ … maybe it’s due to having seen women do so much “work” in life and still get taken for granted ? It was likely a way that I could see myself “surviving” an abusive home … — i wanted to work. I am a bit of a “workaholic.” But … how does one define “work” ?

So, that’s what I am still doing … as a kid, I just KNEW how to do these things … that’s still me … As an actress / auteur reaching out to the world … reaching out to communicate …. — I want to SHARE stuff with people in a medium that best suits my “ voice “ … and I approach my films like a singer-songwriter … like “rock N’ rap.”

Now that the film + album are completed, I am learning about the world of “distribution.” Double Wow. THAT is a whole industry unto itself.

I’m “ the WEIRD new kid on the block.” But … I’ve always been the youngest kid in the class — “that weird new kid.”

If I could say anything to your readers, movie lovers , cinephiles , music lovers , audiophiles : I’d say : please LOOK + LISTEN to my films+music from an authentic place in YOUR heart, YOUR brain — … YOUR SOUL … bc every frame of my films+music are made FOR you — from an authentic place in me…. And … — I’m delivering them to you INDEPENDENT of the MEGA-MONEY-machine of Advertising / PR out there that exists solely for the purpose of TELLING YOU what to see, hear, think and feel — … telling you “what’s good” — “curating for you” — ?

I’d ask : Please support my tiny projects + the teams I put together to produce completely unique authentic pieces that are as “collectible” as any original work of art.

I am a “lover” of art.

While I REALLY appreciate SCHOLARS + Thinkers … I Do NOT need anybody “curating” for me LOL … I’m not rich — I’m not a MUSEUM — ! I don’t need a fucking “curator” –

i want to EXPLORE … I want to DISCOVER ARTISTS and ART …

… — it’s so much more fun to, just RANDOMLY walk thru a gallery / museum — or scan a catalogue of films / music + just ALLOW the art / artist to GRAB me … –

I want to say to film-lovers, music-lovers, poetry-lovers, readers — … I wish for us not to be separated into — “cultural castes” … which can become a way to keep us apart — sow discord among people, keep us “ scrapping ” against each other instead of allowing us to notice true injustices in the world, inspiring us to DO something about improving the condition of our brothers / sisters / fellow creatures / mother earth — even as we seek to improve ourselves …

You can see the push to gentrify the internet. Same “ gentrification “ as with neighborhoods + culture.

It’s SO important for me as an artist to connect with people through the piece itself — which has its own life … I channel + shape it, but once the elements “hit the sweet spot” … — then, that baby has her own life to live … — “she” (my film, my song) goes out there and engages with the audience … — whether it’s a poem, song, photography — … or … now … a feature film / full length album.

Indie “unsigned” — “un-owned” — artists can become an “endangered species” if we don’t get to deliver our work out there to PEOPLE … I’m not making art for CORPORATIONS !

I’m making it for PEOPLE … on behalf of the voices of people … and also the voice of “mother earth” and living creatures on this planet … that’s who i am working for …

… so … — if the audience doesn’t express value in the artist — I mean, if the audience doesn’t express to indie artists — that the art is — “valuable” — by supporting indie ARTISTS the same way they “pay” a more commercial artist who is already supported by a huge commercial industry — we risk losing this “endangered species” … — I’m referring to a very real “ endangered species “ : the “un-owned” independent voice of an independent artist . Indie Artists really do need to get that type of support directly from art lovers because we have Corporate “Big Brother” Commercial “Art-Factory” breathing down our necks.

I’m an “artisan.” I just happen to “craft” movies, music, and books. I won’t pander to some commercial idea of what I think will “sell” … but it’s definitely true that the viewer is on my mind when i make a film or song … or deliver a performance …. — i am not solipsistic about this work … I’m respectful of a very long history between the artist + the “village” …

Like Artaud — i am sending out “ smoke signals “ … I’m playing indigenous drums …. and i’d like the “global village” to come together and see the show … share the sacred space … — if only on a collective unconscious level … I feel deeply that my work wants to “travel” (beyond superficial boundaries) — inviting everyone to come together in a “global small town™”

In order to sustain myself through really rough times in this industry (after graduating from school) — when i felt SO despondent, i kept a journal/diary — which became my “playbook.”

At my very lowest point — i walked into an art supplies shop and began asking myself … why can’t I … as film artist … — get simple “PAINT and CANVAS” and just use my TALENT to make my work … like Visual Artists do ? Grab an Instrument like musicians do, practice and perform like Athletes do — just : … PLAY ?

I decided in that art shop … that i was SICK of being despondent and … that I would make my film with TOYS — i mean like Toys R’ Us Toys — Target Store Toys ( personally I am a fan of Target’s Toy Section it’s eclectic ) … and … furthermore, I would do my part — to BE the change i sought …

That’s how i went back to trusting the truth i share with the motion picture camera and recording device as a kid.

Now here’s the mystery / sorcery part : what GUIDES that process “cannot be bought or taught.” It’s magic. When done well, that’s enough. That’s “re-evolutionary.”

If I can transmit a sense of magic, love + hope … + if the audience “receives” it … that’s ultimately one perfect version of “success” … often it feels for me that, together with my teams, I’m sorta “weaving fabric” + contributing to the “fabric” of culture … “ © Cali Lili ™ all rights reserved

One of the things that strikes me about the film is how theatrical it is in its presentation. Was that an idea you saw in the material in advance or something that might have occurred to you during the assembly of the film during editing?

Cali Lili :

“ From inception.

It’s a “Weird” Cool — Zen-Like — film — — I’m SO pumped to put it out there — it’s risky/geeky nerdy and… it’s romantic too — in unique ways — including cinema-geeky ways.

I feel like there’s “minimalism” but also … “lushness” / sensuality … It’s an “inner landscape” … a “dreamscape” to some extent, woven from true life events — about a violent act perpetrated on two female lovers … in a case that is, as far as I know, as yet unresolved … — and we as an audience — “exist” in a “liminal” / “floating” experience that questions reality, but in real time.

I designed the lighting to look as though we were in one of those “snowglobes” … i was very specific and detailed in expressing to the camera department exactly the quality of light I wanted. Light is huge for me and defines my work in some ways.

There’s awkwardness in the story, between the characters personally, their relationships — but also it’s a bit “Brechtian” almost as if the characters KNOW they are tackling “archetypes” … — from personal experience, we all know what it’s like when we try to break “bad habits” — it’s HELL … it’s as though the whole “paradigm” of male-female duality battle of the sexes bullshit … — is an “addiction” — and these characters are “playing out” how we can begin to look at stuff like “misogyny” + the “isms” we are waking up to in the 21st Century … — it’s really time we let go of that baggage …

There’s definitely a language of “symbols” + “clues” peppered throughout the film… a little “treasure hunt” … bits of mystery and meaning … the “triangle” theme alone is like it’s own pathway to clues …” tessellations “ but i did not intend “weirdness” as a stylistic choice — it’s all flowing towards an inevitable place … the beginning to another beginning …

I love the love scenes in the film … most love scenes in most films are problematic I think … and I’m SUPER proud of this one — I hope audiences allow the romance to sweep them off their feet for a few moments before that inner critic gets activated lol ….

For me … love scenes + nudity are a hell of a lot cooler than gratuitous violence + cruelty in movies … I really REALLY detest the effects of violence in movies although sometimes they must depict difficult realities to tell an important story … but I feel strongly that violence in movies should, ideally, be very carefully depicted ….

Maybe we are such connoisseurs … that we are expert or “conditioned” to predict film endings? … we may have been led by commercialism to either envy or so ”undervalue” the importance of the artist in society … that we expect art to be free … I mean I’ve heard from producers that they detest the word “ARTIST” …. So maybe sometimes the culture might follow that very conservative extremist viewpoint — telling artists to “get a real job” … unless it’s a mainstream artist — and that becomes a vicious cycle in which only a handful of a 1% of artists get their work supported.

Without indie artists, non-corporate artists — societies become cruel, barbaric, conservative, stagnant… and as “easy” as it may look — it’s not an easy path so I just feel people benefit from supporting an artist whose work speaks to them somehow and whose not already supported by mainstream corporations. It’s not a choice really, an artist feels “driven” by something mysterious to express something … and the culture benefits from that work.

Everybody has a weird inner quiet place + I’m reaching out from there … just remaining true to an authentic current of energy that was flowing thru me when I began the project. I don’t begin any project until I get that “spark.”

It’s HANDMADE … not mass produced … not from a factory. It’s “slow-cooked in small batches” … stonewashed jeans with distinctive tears (+ tears) in the fabric, home-made cookies, not store-bought.

The original script is almost a graphic novel. The “structure” could be called “archetypal” because it’s tackling such an archetypal topic … I mean, “eVe” as “everywoman” + the “white male authority figure” aka “god” / “doctor Goddard” and that mysterious figure from the story of the Bible, the character of “Lilith.” Archetypes, iconic images … they HAD to be treated with almost graphic novel-esque stylization.

It’s been said that this film brings new meaning to “metaphysical” … the film exists on different dimensions … so it’s not only about metaphysical themes … it is — in and of itself existing on “meta” planes of reality … so the audience can EXPERIENCE various dimensions on every viewing … — I call it “ poor girl special FX : ) “ lol we employed quite a bit of that … and honestly … — I got known for that in some theatrical pieces I made … and I love it … “ economy of means “

The log-line is: “1 day in the Epiphany of a 21st Century Girl … Who Kissed A Girl.” Among other contemporary themes that appear to be “ripped from the headlines,” (and yet it was written + shot before Election 2016 + it’s aftermath ) the film deals with : an interracial love story between 2 women, a bittersweet polyamorous love triangle, LGBTQ themes and a hint of sci-fi/hint of art-house / all-out indie — … with an undercurrent of archetypal “epic” questions about nature, the earth, and human survival — all in the space of a 2 hour “debate” taking place in real time — …and in which the two main characters are never in the same room.

I learned a lot from the theater for sure. Our cinematic essence, our history, began in a theater. Black Boxes. Empty Spaces. Nothing, then something. So Cinema owes her infancy to theater … we dream in the empty space … we “project” into the black … whether it be theater or cinema … for me it’s the same … like we enter into a “black hole” with the audience — except we become “whole” instead of torn apart.

I’d venture to say that I might be unconsciously re-defining those terms? For me, a movie with a ton of violence, big sweeping shots from drones etc … is more “theatrical” — … I’m working on movies that inhabit the poetry of daily life … something we all experience …. Something universal … — dreams, wishes, feelings, hopes, disappointments … these are quiet, private poetries …

I will venture to say these are more “cinematic” because they are more “human” … the camera captures actors’ thoughts, one flicker of an eye — that’s cinema to me, while a car-chase is “theatrical” because it’s more “spectacle” so it’s got that “circus” feeling … — while I am interested in that moment when a shaft of light hits one strand of hair, just right … and you just heard the sound of a bird singing in a tree, then a fire engine goes by …

… and if we say some profound shit on screen … — well, yeah — people say profound shit ALL the TIME …. We need to listen to each other ….

I haven’t used the expression “multi-disciplinary” in a while but I guess that’s an approach I take … –

As a dancer … I understand motion to be about shape, line, form, rhythm, and light …

There’s an actual graphic novel of the project. It will be released at the appropriate time.

As far as “categories/genre” the project is difficult to label … but it could be called a combination plate of narrative drama, romance, art — house, with a hint of fantasy/sci-fi and rock n’ roll … but also perhaps “auteur”? … the music soundtrack is sourced from my debut album out everywhere.

Like my oyster/pearl analogy: I’d love people to just enjoy it on the first viewing — then I hope it pops up in your thoughts or dreams … + that you see it several times … each time revealing something new in the film + in yourself …” © Cali Lili ™ all rights reserved

Is it difficult making a theater piece cinematic, and is it difficult making cinema theatrical?

Cali Lili :

“ Depends on the project of course … every project, like every relationship, has its own “vocabulary” … I want to “hit the sweet spot” between form + function.

It’s a process.

Since this film is somewhat an “allegorical fantasy” … — there’s a RAW EDGY Rock N’ Roll ambiance too — … I think it just naturally “unveiled” … ineluctably “disrobed” … in what might be considered a “feminine” way … there’s a “film goddess” at play …

For me, as I mentioned … it’s a natural interplay like breathing … it’s flow … they are inextricable: “ Pictures, Words, Music In Motion ™“ …

As an actress, there’s a difference between theater + film …. — acting in film is more subtle … you do less, but — — acting in a theater, for me, is also an internal process …

This character, “eVe “ as “surfer chick” / Venice Beach resident … contemporary girl with a dream … — is also “speaking for” what I call “the global girl” … so as an actor … I am balancing on a wire between an epic character … + a contemporary colloquial “everyday” character, of course, that was true for the other actors … I feel we struck the balance … it wasn’t easy — except — that it WAS easy — because it was in the script ! …. the “play’s the thing” even in a screenplay … — it provided for us as actors, an “organic” universe to inhabit …. So we “lived there” in that universe …

Ok so here’s a little detour that’ll hopefully take us back to a relevant response …

So — my studio — is similar to the separate set of this film (we shot in various locations) — it’s a hidden “floating” Surf — SHACK- LOFT- Eco-Space at the Venice Beach Canals. We shot in various Venice locations. It’s a “floating” mini-neighborhood within a neighborhood — in Venice, Los Angeles. Most people who live there are not aware of it. I am in love with the ocean and water conservation. Not just a personal spiritual space for me but it’s crucial to the survival of this planet …

So — we shot part of the film at a similar floating location near my studio … — then we shot the other part in a mostly empty local apartment space …

So — the “real” — physical spaces these characters “live in” during the 2 hours of the movie — make a difference for the ambiance + sense of “truth” in the story we share …. –

My answers to the previous question probably speak a ton to this question too … — i think I am unconsciously re-defining norms … updating ”hard drives” + “databases” of cinematic cliches … — just by “wrestling” with the physical material of the film-MAKING …

The story is set in Venice Beach, my “hood,” with some great shots of the Venice Beach community and a very unusual setting … however, I’d venture to say, that when you hear “Venice Beach” and L.A. and “on the water” — the images that conjure — would be challenged after having watched this film — …

There’s a “tension” between form and function … truth + fiction … a “tension” in the story-telling … — which is the result of process … and for me, that’s authenticity, that’s integrity. That’s HANDMADE. “ © Cali Lili ™ all rights reserved

How important is it for you to try to break boundaries or try to do things that no one has ever done before? Is it always the goal?

Cali Lili :

“ That’s a great question, Justin !

Hmm. I do detest making any work that feels like it’s repeating someone else’s work … –

I just work from a place of authenticity and I am my own harshest critic … — so if I don’t feel the integrity is there in a scene or a song … — it’s out — ruthlessly … –

I guess — my work will speak for itself.

Even though I am a “female” filmmaker and the film deals with pretty much every “hot-button” issue in the news right now lol … — I approached the film ( and album ) with a passion for both — artistic/cinematic innovation, as well as a desire to make a timeless, universal piece …

As an artist, I am continuing the work I did as a kid in NYC — when I got accepted to NYU before I finished high school … — for me, this drive has always been about the work — pushing the envelope as an artist …

After Obama’s election, we figured the themes I discuss in this film, while timeless themes — might not be as “controversial” as they once might have been … but again, I wasn’t counting on “controversy” or “ripped from the headlines” stuff … — I strive for longevity and universality –

Yet I must admit, after Election 2016 … we strongly came to believe that this film seems to say a lot of what needs to be said — right now … along with that wider scope for global universality.

I guess there will be moments that are puzzling in my films … probably THOSE moments … those puzzles .. are the “boundary crossings” … If I do push to “break” — boundaries or anything else … — my persistence — is in the name of love …

It’s my responsibility as an artist, to be excellent (not just good) and “ to contribute to the weaving of the fabric of human culture … “ — that might sound “grandiose” but — FUCK — i see a whole lot of destructive behavior, including indifference — people acting all “cool” like “sincerity” is uncool — well, to those people — i say FUCK THAT — if you can’t be part of the solution on this planet — you are definitely part of the problem.

Back to boundaries … — I explore them physically — in this current film, the characters are apart for most of the film, never in the same room except for one mysterious moment … — that’s one of the themes I play with … –

Guess what — my next film used to be entitled “ Room “ … — yeah, so that title is taken now. That really upset me at first. But I’m cool now, I love my new title.

Like this film, it explores issues of boundaries … among lots of other interrelated themes.

eVe N’god this female is not yet rated” was made with an all-female production team BEFORE that became so popular a notion We were, if not the first, among the very first to do so … — but we also worked with some very cool “guy allies.” The world is changing.

I guess I am also “breaking boundaries” in that I am a “female auteur” who also co-starred, produced the album/soundtrack and designed the lighting, sets, costumes, editing — all of which amounted to the expression of a very specific “vibe.” None of that is an ego-exercise — … I don’t need that … — it’s the work this particular project needed and it’s from an organic source. I wouldn’t pollute it.

On the next project, it’s very likely that I would hand over some of those departments … but … who knows? Maybe I’ll design those things on each film ? … the point is — the MATERIAL … the script and story … will tell me what they need from me and I’ll translate that to the team. I am completely in service to the project, which has a life of its own.

I love the production teams — I am ever grateful to them. I’m a member of CREW. I want this film to get out there and show off THEIR amazing work too.

Though I designed the sets — Icould NOT have made them real without Tiffany Leigh Smith / Art Department — she is a genius — translated my scenic design into the physical space — that’s NOT easy … I couldn’t do that — and she’s relentlessly resourceful, one day she picked up some branches she saw on the way to the set — and carted over like half a tree’s worth … — absolutely remarkable. She’s also mega-strong in a tiny frame … among other more acrobatics — she also helped me cart large boxes of produce for my “garden of eVe” set — dressing…!

The Farmers at my local Farmers’ Market donated a bunch of fruits, vegetables, and flowers not only for the crew lunches but also especially for my “garden of eVe” … From screenplay stage onwards,

I really loved the idea of getting the community involved, so I asked — + the farmers totally supported us … I really want to send a shout-out to my local farmers and to independent farmers everywhere … In my book, I relate my own work to a form of “farming” and I hope readers will go out there support small family farms as opposed to large agri-businesses …

My “love interest” in the film, “Lila” ( based upon Lilith in the bible story) is played by Candace Burney. Candace is a “lifestyle coach” … teaches exercise and nutrition — but she was an absolute NATURAL in this role — I cast her because I just KNEW she could be “Lila” … — I am SO proud of her — she is REGAL, GORGEOUS, as well as POWERFUL in the role.

At least 60% of the joy in making film: the HUMAN BEINGS we work with. Even if some experiences become problematic at times — the relationships from a set or recording session are absolutely irreplaceable and PRECIOUS. These relationships are forever.

I think my “style” / “vibe” does break boundaries. While it’s contemporary/new — my foundation is rooted in my deep almost fanatic love for classic films … there are a couple of scenes in this film that are a loving “homage” to two classic movies … I’m hoping people guess which they are … I do make reference to other classic films in the script … “eVe” is grappling with “culture” as “worship” and as legacy, so she is equating “movie culture” with societal culture … she’s taking the enormous risk of asking questions on behalf of the “global girl” … and she pushes for change … –

eVe” as “every-woman” says : “ I’m Aphrodite with Graffiti “ — I guess that’s partly what my personal style stands for, as far as “boundary breaking” — marrying the beauty of “the global girl” with her brains and also — her guts/courage/intellect — something like that . “ © Cali Lili ™ all rights reserved

It seems like narrative or narrative structure are so important to 95% of the world…You mention the importance of visuals to you and conveying emotions through visuals…Why do you think that others have problems understanding this notion? People have exacting definitions of what they think a film should be or shouldn’t be…. Doesn’t the imposition of rules limit an audience member’s experience of the medium itself?

Cali Lili :

“ Yes … the art of film is in her infancy … we must be allowed to have non-blockbusters that survive financially too … — not everything is a competition … how can an art form, or civilization GROW if everything is turned into a FUCKING reality show or contest?

My latest ‘tee shirt slogan”is: “Makin’ A Livin’ Not a Killin’ “ … — we must make sure that art + THE ARTIST can survive … — I’d appreciate audiences buying my films, albums + books so that I can continue to do the work, hire the technicians, crew + other artists … I’m not out here “doing lunch” or “buying real estate”…. I’m doing the stuff that “money can’t buy” …. I’m just “Makin’ a Livin’” … makin’ art that’s not only indigenous “of the people by the people — FOR the people…” but also — for the planet + our fellow wildlife …

I want to say something that audiences may not be aware of …. There’s SO much intellectual property theft in the industry of entertainment … when artists especially young ones put out our material or “submit” to big Corporations ..we really are at risk … like an endangered species … promoters of everything from Movies to music to political campaigns scan the internet for ideas or force us to send them our fresh ideas — then they cherry pick what they want …

The audience can help by supporting the indies directly: like my team ! And my tiny studio! “ © Cali Lili ™ all rights reserved

How do you rectify the notion that Eve is discoursing with God? What does the film want to say about monotheism and do you have any expectations in terms of how one of a secular disposition could respond to the film?

Cali Lili :

“ I am “secular” … so … it’s all coming from a secular point of view. What I am doing … is addressing a “cultural archetype” one might call it a “bias” … that is so deeply embedded in our fibers… in our “discourse” … “ in the fabric … in the stitches” ( as eVe says in the movie ) …

Whether we are aware of it or not — generally we “operate” on a “biblical” paradigm in our culture — from law to politics, to medicine, to education, to populism … — it’s embedded in the “genetic fabric” of the culture. I want to “adjust” the stitches and make some room for inclusion … — I want the fabric to fit more of us … –

Ironically — I designed the costumes in the film to be a “ dissertation on men’s’ wear “ … so it’s literally “ in the fabric, in the stitches” … (as eVe says in the movie) … –

I am NOT a costume designer … LOL — HARDLY SO — I can barely put together an outfit for myself that most people would consider “normal,” … some might consider my personal style even inappropriate … or weird and they are vocal about it lol! — so my own personal daily style is definitely my own … — but there you have it … this project — NEEDED these particular clothes — and they were designed organically. Necessity is indeed “mother of invention.” I had a good seamstress do the actual sewing/fitting.

eVe” MUST enter this debate with “god” because … things just are not workin’ out the way these biases promised they would … and it is a debate — i actually intended it to feel like a “filibuster” kinda like that scene with Jimmy Stewart in “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington.”

Once a girl becomes a “woman” in the workplace … once a woman gets “married” on the “societal stage” she gets “woke” to the harsh realities of misogyny + slavery … yeah, we are indoctrinated into slave culture as soon as shit gets real …

Misogyny” … is the “supremacy” of the white male authority figure … devoid of righteous “goddesses” …

I don’t need to “rectify” eVe’s convo with the “white male authority figure” … : it’s so fucking obvious how long overdue this conversation is … “ © Cali Lili ™ all rights reserved

Does God exist for you?

Cali Lili :

“ Goddesses do exist for me, in the form of nature, spirit, poetry and I guess “the global girl”.

There’s a Goddess of Film ( before I shot the film I prayed I wouldn’t fuck it up … Now I am praying to her daily to find the right distribution avenue LOL … )

Nature is Goddess and God because Nature is the source.

Love is Goddess and God because Love is the source.

We Human Beings are the keepers of the earth, especially our waters ….

We Human Beings as one tribe, are the keepers of the Goddesses and the God in us all.

It’s within us, it’s all around us … and it’s our responsibility.

That’s why “eVe” says to “Doctor Goddard”: “ I don’t want you to die.” She’s not trying to “destroy” the notion of “god” — but she is insisting that we revive our Goddesses. She also tells us “the state needs a goddess” — implying we need women in governance. “ © Cali Lili ™ all rights reserved

As a Wings Hauser super fan — we know that he is God. Are you making a statement about celebrity culture by using such a known actor in the role of a deity — regardless of whether the deity in the film is actually there, or in reality even in existence?

Cali Lili :

“ For Sure. Glad you noticed.

YES!

First of all — if you are a Wings Hauser fan — this film will BLOW your mind. Along with being a sort of “ironic” commentary on some of his previous roles — it’s just a great role and he KNOCKED it out of the ballpark and into the next state.

I am SO GRATEFUL and So PROUD of Wings’s performance — — it’s got nuance, heartbreak — and power. I really don’t think I have seen him get to flesh out his amazing range so fully — I’m SO PUMPED for people to see him — obviously, I hope people will make it a point to support this film for so many reasons — … I want to share what my crew did + I also want to share Wings’s performance …

The script was originally written on “stickies” … as I navigated the treacherous world of being an actress + also raising funding for a completely different movie project … this … “eVe as everywoman” character kept “popping up” … I kept seeing “eVe” in various skin colors, but all as the same girl … a ‘global girl “ … telling a “god figure” as an archetypal all round “authority” … what she feels … in this “long overdue conversation…”

This was all getting written via some form of “channeling” I was experiencing — just … as I was finding out what it’s really like to be an actress + a “girl” trying to make a good film in Hollywood — and I thought … — whoa — Wings could play this “Doctor Goddard” character better than anybody I can think of …

Then I thought of “what people would think” if I cast him … Then I thought: “ I AM SO SICK OF THINKING about WHAT PEOPLE WILL THINK” — As a director, I thought … WOW … this would be an awesome comment on Wings Hausers’ previous roles … Wings Hauser playing a “godlike role”? it’s perfect.

We had initially met on a set, working really well together, then with him casting + directing me … we loved working together as fellow actors in a few other projects when I was a kid … + later he had hired me to co-write a script …there were rumours that we were a couple but we really were partners …. I mean, Wings raised a daughter as a single father — he is such a gentleman — so we hated those rumors …and they came about ONLY bc nobody could understand how we could be partners in an equal partnership.

My studio space in Venice was hand-built … but what’s outrageous — is that was built by my buddy Wings … when I was just a kid… I was in LA working in a movie role + we became platonic friends — fellow actors …. He had confided that he was building something + I half-jokingly shared the design of a surf shack I’d made in school ( I was about to get skipped out of high school into University with a scholarship ) … much to my surprise he loved it + had it built!!!

Years later … after we’d become partners in business + in life — I insisted that I buy the studio with my earnings so that it’d be an equal partnership — and then I turned it into a tiny film + music studio — hired our first core teams + went to work.

Well in light of how things do take place in the entertainment industry ( and other industries) between younger women + powerful men — it’s understandable that people might not yet understand our partnership but integrity is definitely my compass so I’m super proud …

The whole inherent bias/sexism thing embedded in the industry was one of the reasons I started turning down acting roles. My Master’s Degree earned at a young age wasn’t really the “calling card” that was in demand.

So in spite of the “chip” I had on my shoulder about “what people might think” about us working together yet again … — I asked him about whether I should do the project …

Both he and my manager advised me that girls are treated like “crap” in this industry … and they both were concerned that I might get some role that might be short term lucrative, but which might turn me into a “flavor of the month” …

So when I told them I’d written THIS project … they were beyond thrilled. He asked me if he could read the script … and I was really nervous for him to read it, knowing that he wouldn’t lie LOL … GULP … He loved it.

He had chosen to do mostly TV for quite a while — and after reading the script, he wanted THIS film to be a statement. I can brag that after we wrapped, he told the crew and anybody else he met that I am in his “top 5 directors.” I know he never slops around with those kinds of compliments so — that was really unexpected — and I am super proud of that.

So — … in this response, I have to add — it’s also the “white male authority figure” informing “celebrity dominance” — in terms of partnership as well as the institution of marriage — … how a very young woman is treated by society if she merits a real partnership with someone more established — and assumptions people make about her “worth” ….her capabilities …ie. if u are skipped grades in school u might b a genius but if u are doing exemplary work in the workplace — that’s competition…

Also how society treats a young woman when she marries. I became a partner with an established older person at a young age and yes I got married young, even though my plan was to NEVER get married. Society treated me differently after I got married … and NOT in a good way …. — THAT — rocked my world badly.

Especially being married to an established famous person. It’s REALLY challenging. suddenly I became “somebody’s wife” … — “less than a person” and certainly, not an artist in her own right. That was a gut punch. A sucker punch too.

UGH OMFG were they kidding? That was disgusting to me. That experience taught me the definition of misogyny.

Once I became married to a “known” celebrity, it was weird out there for a while…

It’s almost as if, — people can’t tolerate it if they can’t decide what your relationship is or define u — by labeling — the way they have labeled previous relationships — also my childhood was difficult so I believe in healthy amounts if privacy + balance … which isn’t always the norm … I mean suddenly I was no longer “available” to men + even tho I was “available” to girls — my male partner is completely respectful of me + my privacy — he’s really my best friend + apparently that’s something a lot of people just plain didn’t comprehend?…

I mean … it’s the 21st Century … — I always knew that “marriage” was a challenge for a girl … but never did I realize that even a 21st Century society, can just try to “erase” her after she is married … especially if she marries someone older, more powerful/celebrated.

After getting past the shock … I became quite fascinated with this particular form of pathology in our culture. And it is PATHOLOGY.

As a very “young bride” I looked up to my older partner and yet, I never deferred to him when it came to making decisions as an artist, about my studio, my work etc … after all, I’ve been an artist since I was born and I defer to no-one … whenever we collaborated, we had our “animated discussions” and even all-out battles … but … we are equals at all times.

People assume things about our partnership because they were viewing the relationship through the lens of marriage as it has been labeled, enslaved over time.

Our partnership as equals began and continues to be a remarkable experience of mutual respect … again … not without my standing up for my point of view against an older male who was born many years before me … I think it helped a lot, that his father was a gentleman + his mother was a true lady — a strong graceful woman who raised a man, not just a boy … I think it helped that he raised a daughter as a single father … but … even so, I had to learn how to stand up for myself in a partnership … and that was good for us both …

That’s all reflected in the film to a certain degree.

I don’t see this equality partnership mirrored in too many other relationships … so perhaps this is all part of my “destiny …” to somehow transmit/share what a partnership between male and female can be…?

I have to add here … :

Having also been in relationship with FEMALE partners : It’s sort of a similar bias in my relationships with women … some women are more “alpha” … some women are “tops” as in a lesbian relationship … some women are more “butch” … some more “femme” … and all these interactions … are dances … we dance together and it’s better for all to create harmony, to choose love and passion over “winning” a battle … while at the same time not “collapsing” for the sake of a dominant/submissive paradigm … my films deal with this topic too ….

CELEBRITY CULTURE IS the EMBODIMENT of those dominant/submissive/commercialist paradigms. What Wings’s character is doing in this film is … reflecting us all: what might happen if we were able to have this conversation with “Authority Figures” who finally HEAR what we all have to say … “Authority Figures” who LISTEN TO US.

We figured I might be extra stressed out on the first day of filming my acting scenes while I was directing… I’d never done both before … but it turned out I had food poisoning lol … I just threw up before my first take but I’m super proud I barely had to get makeup to do touch ups (lollll) I threw up efficiently …also my first dialogue

scene is a hangover scene so I wasn’t supposed

to look too good …

I almost thought I should quit after vomiting but Wings was like oh come on just go do your thing lol … it really matters to have a true partner … and the team was so cool …

Another funny anecdote is the mini battles between Wings and our extraordinary art department — Tiffany Leigh Smith lol … she is a tornado of energy + Wings was already perturbed …as was my cat … about moving stuff out of the studio and basically gutting the space to create the “garden of eVe” set in Venice Beach …. Tiffany would move stuff out of the space + Wings would be like — WHYYYYYYY!!!!!!???

LOL, it was really a super fun set….

Along with doing an absolutely epic acting job …I mean really wait till everyone sees his performance it’s just classic …. Brilliant …. — WINGS brought in the BEST meals for the crew !!! Our crews eat well… I try to deliver healthy meals but inevitably there are comfort cheat foods too !! Music crew also eats well… we recorded the album on the set where half the film was shot …..- and Wings brought the best meals in and kept me within my budget … “ © Cali Lili ™ all rights reserved

You mention being a fan of Chaplin’s MODERN TIMES….What is it about the film that you admire so much? You mention visuals and emotions…What do you get from MODERN TIMES in the realms of personal experience yourself?

Cali Lili :

“ The triumph of love and persistence over the: “ COG in the machinery “ spoon-fed mediocrities.

The fact that Chaplin’s film is like an existential “whistleblower” — a WARNING like Eisenhowers’ about the “military-industrial complex” + facism ….it’s straight up- WARNING SIGN: about …- not getting “CAUGHT” in the large machinery and therefore — becoming obsolete ..

The terror and injustice — of — human beings not mattering to the cold machine … swallowed up by the giant machine … the ultimate triumph of love and persistence –

If we, as a human race — globally, all stick together and choose love, choose ourselves, choose humanity — we can beat that monster machine … the economic injustices and war …

We now have an amazing opportunity to CONNECT with each other’s humanity — via social media … since Chaplin already blew the whistle — we better not “blow it” — these are tender times … ( i really can’t believe this section of the interview was done a few years ago … before our current crisis… wow )

That film in particular, and many of Chaplin’s … just make me bust out crying LOL … it’s like Chaplin’s song “Smile though your heart is breaking …” One minute you are smiling or laughing … and just around the corner, he will reach into your heart, hold it in his hands, and say hello … — + you trust him … because you know … around the next corner … — you will be smiling again …

His humanity …. the sacred humanity of his films …

Artists are the keepers of the flame of humanity … We have a responsibility … and Mr. Chaplin did not shy away from that responsibility …. If artists don’t take the opportunity to “model” freedom and integrity — … then we as a civilization, are truly lost … — we can get “found” though — and maybe after our current crisis … we can “find” our way back better than ever, to create a stronger culture. That’s partly what my work strives for and I feel it’s my responsibility to carry on what people like Mr. Chaplin initiated.

There are so many contemporary directors that I’d love to work with as an actress if I ever get the opportunity in a world where actors + directors can’t even communicate with each other except thru power brokers … : “the Spikes”: Spike Jonze, Spike Lee … “the Andersons: Wes Anderson + Paul Thomas Anderson … Ava DuVernay, Kathryn Bigelow, Gary Ross, David O. Russell, Denzel Washington, David Fincher … so many more … — I’d LOVE to be cast in any of their works! — it’s rough tho, as an actor, to even get NEAR roles like these … often we don’t even know what’s getting cast so we can’t even read for those quality roles — many actors don’t even get to take a shot at the best roles in the best films — it’s a gated community — — … I wish directors and actors could communicate more easily — — maybe that can happen going forward — …

… — but as a director, I tend to feel more “authentic” to my own “voice” if i “study” the classics like Chaplin … as opposed to looking at what anybody is doing in current cinema … —

I’m seeking my “current of energy” like as a SongWriter — it’s an “organic spark” that I recognize immediately … that’s what will tell me — “yeah go ahead — you can act on this feeling” — … so it’s more like the spark of energy I get in acting/singing/ dancing … — I think with feeling … “ © Cali Lili ™ all rights reserved

I also like your mention of Jack Ripper’s line in DR. STRANGELOVE about “Precious Bodily Fluids and he withholding his essence…” What did that line resonate with you, what does it mean to you?

Cali Lili :

“ I’m attracted by science ( tho I am an idiot with numbers ) … my great, great uncle, was a scientist … I spent some time with him in Paris, we had kitchen competitions on making the perfect poached egg … of course cooking is science.

My current film involves some science themes and even a hint of “sci-fi” … a couple of images that I find almost “horrific” … — in response to real-world incidents … and the film itself is a “response” to a real-life act of violence against an LGBTQ couple … — so in order to address some themes … — there is an element of “fantasy” — my style leans a bit toward “magic realism” if I had to use a label but I really don’t want to — because I don’t think it can be categorized. It’s organic, authentic and it lives on its own terms.

Women in Science is an interesting topic for so many reasons … I think it’s also really SEXY … “Geek Chic” … “the Sexy Part of Smart. “

The “precious bodily fluids” line — made me laugh from a very deep place — because it struck a huge chord of truth … it’s fun, to be laughing at the “crazy” ( of that character) while one part of your brain must acknowledge that “precious bodily fluids” has a ring of truth … we all “ know “ it — on a visceral … precious bodily fluids level …. each one of us is incessantly engaged in some act that involves a precious bodily fluid … your blood “ flows” …

My film explores the concept of female sexual “Fluidity” … I feel that female fluidity might save us from losing what is most precious … I feel that “her” fluidity can lead to the ending of war.

We create our own “World” in a film, invite the audience to enter and we “live” there together for a while … each of us with a slightly different experience, but all of us sharing that collective unconscious … “fluid” … “liminal” space ….

If I were living in the “ Strangelove” — World of that film … i would agree with this character’s premise about the “importance” of “bodily fluids” lol … — but his conclusions — his decision — to end the world is a copout … it’s lazy/scared — that’s the OLD PARADIGM … it’s overly “phallic” …

The “Fluid Female” could have changed the course of history for the world of that film … but instead, she was in her bra and panties … in George C. Scott’s bed … cooing like a sitting duck … “ © Cali Lili ™ all rights reserved

You mention how you’ve been a student of writing and studying the female/male tension — why do you think that this exists in modern society? How does it cease? Can it cease? And if it did, what the world be a less interesting place?

Cali Lili :

“ Since I was skipped so many times, the youngest one in class … just totally focused on my studies and getting away from an abusive childhood home … this exploration was completely unconscious … I was sublimating everything about sexuality in my art … I poured all of my energies into dance …. acting … writing songs ….

My parents were in a 24/7 power struggle, which led to violence …. sometimes I’d have to call the police … Obviously, my first-hand witnessing of the destructive aspects of this battle between my parents created a huge effect on me ….

The FEMALE / FEMME element is an untapped resource … which holds the power to radically improve life on this planet ( bodily fluids LOL) … if we let her … if we nurture her .. and even .. “fight” for her when necessary … she has a “herstory” to share .. that will only improve upon “history”.

As I grew up a little … I found myself expected to behave as an “adult” when I was really — just a TEENAGER who happened to get a free pass to the adults’ lecture hall in College. I was taking courses with students who were themselves, professors in other countries!

After school, I began asking questions about gender as well as sexuality … in a personal but also HIGHLY Political manner … my experiences as a “Girl” in the business world … and in the “world” — all of it … everything — fed these questions

Still a “runaway with a scholarship” — when I was becoming an “adult” … and I was “safe” enough to consider such “frivolous” matters as sexuality and being a “girl” … I realized that most people had navigated these “waters” in high school …

I have a Masters’ Degree but not a high school diploma. That kinda says a lot huh.

I never “dated” much … though I did always have boyfriends … but my focus was on — my art and — just plain survival … ( like the Charlie Chaplin character … : )

When I began to explore these topics .. I paid attention to my reactions + questioned my own biases … — I couldn’t help but react to the INSANITY of PROP 8 — I was SHOCKED — that my beloved CALIFORNIA could adopt such a measure … it really hit me.

Experiences, feelings, questions, and ideas seemed to magically appear in my personal life — and they just happened to magically dovetail with the screenplay I was writing for my film … so this led me to do some research … along with personal queries about sexuality … so the film is a semi-autobiographical “coming out” story, of sorts … but definitely not a full-on biographical piece … the next film continues where this one left off … however, they are each very much their own universe.

It has always been my feeling that the work should speak for itself … it’s all about making a great film, a great album … not gossip … — one doesn’t have to be an alien, to make a film about aliens … as Einstein said “ Imagination is more powerful than intelligence “ — anyway he said something like that.

Just as the art of film is in her infancy …. the MUCH NEEDED embrace of true Gender Freedoms/ Gender Equality, Racial Equality and understanding about every individuals’ freedom to express their “freedom to love,” in the context of various cultures and societies … — is also in its infancy … my work is connected to all of these struggles … we really have to get a grip on the level of ignorance that breeds hate.

I dislike labels … they lead to genocide because you can harm someone once you have pasted a label on them and no longer see them as a reflection of some aspect of yourself. Misogyny … homophobia … racism … climate change denial … dismissal of science in service to blind Faith or “loyalty” are forms of genocide — — perpetrated by putting limiting labels on girls, women, cultures and our planet. “ © Cali Lili ™ all rights reserved

You mention [Bob] Dylan as a major musical influence? What do you take from his work that is so inspiring?

Cali Lili :

“ Yes — but ALSO:… Rap … “Street” Music … World Music — I am ultra eclectic in taste …

I write everything as a lyricist.

I was always told that I “should” listen to Dylan … by older friends who had read my plays/songs … I didn’t get around to it — until I got around to it …. and when I did — he really hit me like a ton of bricks … — I was in Paris living with my great great uncle for a while … — I had included some Dylan in my playlist … One day I got around to listening to it … — and I spent the rest of the trip just listening to it over and over …i walked all over Paris listening ….. and all over London … listening …. it seemed so familiar to me …

I had written a version of my song “Election Train” way before I recorded it … and before I ever heard Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” … people mentioned that it reminded them of Dylan and that I “really should listen to him” lol …. in fact, I wrote that song as a teenager on the subway in NYC and I remember thinking that I could never figure out how to get the music on it … so it was like a miracle to me a few years later … — boom — it’s even got a music video … I revised it slightly before recording … but it was pretty similar to the original… what’s great is we also discovered this crazy unexpected musical partnership — that was truly random —

Aside from the poetry, I heard a kind of Biblical / Righteous RAGE in Dylan’s songs … it was familiar to me as my own anger as expressed in my own poetry …. I hear it in rap + global music …. the rage uses language as a weapon, I related to that … then it’s also a celebration/party — as in Brazilian+African music –

. I aspire to timelessness + quality …. I resonate with that in others’ works …

Early on, I was very into drumming sounds, rhythm … anything I could DANCE to … I still am hooked by any drumming … My multi-cultural background informs all of it of course … — I’m a bit of a percussionist but not an expert …

I wrote lyrics … as poems, but they were always written to be songs …i was always interested in using words rhythmically … percussively. So, words, like my body … — could be my instruments … — along with my voice … which I was very shy about … and … I wrote some versions of “rap” before I knew that I was even doing that …

This film is very “Rock N’ Roll” … but also “Urban” with some “Rap” and some “World” music influences … especially the many variations of music from Africa — from traditional to contemporary ….

The music team + I are so pumped to see that song previews are getting thousands of likes all over the world … ironically especially from Africa…

. my album gets MUCH edgier than the previews … I’m chomping at the bit to put it out…but we want to put it out with the film …

– I ADORE the musicians that played on this album — each one of them is a total pro — I am so grateful for every single one of them! They were also just incredibly supportive of me as a new recording artist.

One musician, “Edi Roque” — came here all the way from BRAZIL … we met on Facebook when he reached out to me about my music video “ Election Train “ … — we corresponded after I heard his Epic Rock Guitar … and voila, a couple of years later, this guy is playing his insanely brilliant guitar on every one of my tracks. Paul Tokarz ( “Headless Robot” ) plays the other killer guitar tracks on the album, Mark Cassidy ( the “HillBenders” ) does sublime Banjo and Mandolin, Donna Schwartz is the outrageous Sax and Horn genius, Sean Nelson plays keys like you have not heard in while on anybody’s album, and Kristen Gleeson Prata ( BORNS Band ) is such a talented Drummer and Percussionist who worked closely with me to get my outrageous requests for very unique percussions. I am in love with rhythm + I study percussion — so — Kristen was so willing to entertain my crazy percussion ideas — we got some REALLY cool results from those experiments I put her through… she and I had a lot of fun …. Some of the rhythm experiments I wanted to try were things she said she had done in high-school — so it really was all about “play…” — so in keeping with what I am about.

Of course, Wings’s melodies perfectly complement my lyrics + percussions … — it really a “wedding” of music, lyrics, beats … as I was producing the album — I leaned heavily on his musicianship especially in acoustic guitar + piano … –

I wouldn’t have dared to do so much on the album, had it not been for Wings’s confidence in me — I produced the sessions, the album, arranged + orchestrated, then I took an extra special hand in producing all the drums / various alternative percussions as well as electric guitars … Wings nudged me + the musicians whenever we needed guidance — especially on melodies, acoustic guitars, and piano … but I couldn’t believe how much he trusted me to just run the project — and I was SOOO nervous + worked my ass off — praying I could deliver for everybody’s work + their love for these songs! It’s a one-of-a-kind partnership … this is really rare.

Sound is HUGE for me. It’s CRUCIAL! I don’t take it for granted in filmmaking either. Our AMAZING Album Engineer, Reid Rice, also did the sound design, foley, etc … for the movie … he is just awesome, I can’t say enough about him.

I love how music and lyrics can transcend … EVERYTHING …. Again — as with film — … in music — I’m rooted in Classics but eclectic — I mean I really don’t know how “awards” don’t provide more categories — I’m in love with : Hendrix , Robert Plant , Kurt Cobain , Foo Fighters, Ray Charles, Richie Havens , Brandi Carlile, Melissa Etheridge, Indigo Girls, Paul Simon, David Crosby , Bruce Springsteen, Tracy Chapman , Aretha Franklin THE QUEEN, Whitney Houston — fairy godmother …

Deep in my heart are Rap Classics: Tupac, Dre, Nelly, Azalea Banks, Mary J. Blige — the “old school” stuff gets my heart a bit more deeply because these people were “breaking boundaries” … — that energy surges forward into the future.

I ADORE + weep at “spirituals” … Mahalia Jackson omg … The seeds of “gospel” music … like “Wayfarin’ Stranger” … “Wade In The Water” … — i sing those as part of my warmup, along with “Ave Maria” … I put a few of those in my background vocals on the album …. right now I am focused on producing my next albums — … I feel like I’m “channeling” … almost being a “bridge” between the past + future.

The “spirituals” I mentioned are at the core of “American Culture.”

They are “remnants” from slavery … — they were “born” from pain … and they are “pleas” and “warnings” to us … so I am very inspired, “instructed,” by my respect for global “culture” …

I am making films + music that speak up for our righteous freedom from slavery … including freedom from slavery of the mind. “ © Cali Lili ™ all rights reserved

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With Respect : Actress/Esquire Joann Marlowe (“Kay” in “ MildredPierce “) a study and a warning about the dangers of Malignant Narcissism ; the Predators among us with undiagnosed Narcissistic Personality Disorders

 Recently saw an AMAZING classic movie : “Mildred Pierce”

Of course the amazing Joan Crawford – an actress’s actress – WHAT an actress – wow ! And the diabolically brilliant Ann Blyth – omg – she did an awesome job

So in the course of re-discovering this film for the second time – I also found out that my partner WingsHauser, had the pleasure of working with Ann Blyth in an episode of Murder She Wrote – ! with the iconic epic genius Angela Lansbury for whom we both have endless respect – and Wings tells me that Ms. Blyth was a true pleasure to work with –
 
I also learned that Wings grew up with Eve Arden as his next door neighbor !!! — WOW he has so much deep history in Hollywood and it’s Working Class Hollywood – not the gentrified kind —
 
Blown away by this complex, brilliant work of cinema I realized that the character of “Kay” – played by a child actor named Joann Marlowe – was the only character in the film who brought a “lightness of being” – a joy to the dark world we inhabit during the film –

The “Kay” character was not only talented – song and dance – and comedy – she also spoke “ Truth To Power ” She was the harbinger – the “canary in the coal mine” – she saw through her sister Veda’s B.S.

She warned us about her sisters’ narcissism – a malignant narcissism at that – eating up all the light in its path – in service to itself alone Veda is the perfect illustration of a “psychic vampire” – one who takes without reciprocating

“Kay” represents that element of truth we might unwittingly ignore while working overtime to “please” the narcissist who so often threatens to withhold their love

Of course many children often “take” from their parents without returning anything – but once grown up into healthy adults, most “children” do seek to give something back to their parents .
 
We expect some kids to “follow in their parents’ footsteps ” – but not as stalkers with oedipal knives out – to steal their parents’ lives and legacies… – that’s malignant narcissism and the world has had a great look at such creatures often incubated by too much money too many silver spoons , too many opportunities never earned but handed out in fake entitlement … Too much enabling from dynastic families and those who seek to win a few crumbs from the table of authentic hard won, earned success.  

What a brave true character Kay was – and what an interesting work of cinema warning us all about the dangers of people in our midst who suffer from narcissistic personality disorders – causing way more suffering to those unlucky enough to be in their orbit From what I know of it –

the Narcissist can almost never be “cured” – so the main focus of anyone seeking to heal damage caused by such a disorder – is the attempt to rescue all those who may experience harms caused by the Narcissist As a nation – and a planet – we, the inhabitants of mother earth – experience such harm whenever we find ourselves subjected to the Narcissism of dictators AND – above all – their enablers.

This movie, “Mildred Pierce” – is fair warning to every family, every nation – every planet – about the dangers of ignoring our “Kays” – in order to please and enable our “Vedas” – A warning about our indifference toward the sweetness of our life – as we pay attention to the psychotic dramas caused by those who’s only care is for themselves – I couldn’t stop thinking about the child actor who played the “Kay” role – Who was she ? Did she play other roles ?

What a talented person – So i looked her up, only to find out that this sweet soul – had suffered a terrible tragedy The sweet “Kay” character we mourned in the movie – met a very tragic life story after her work in Hollywood In honor of the “Kay” character – her fearless “Truth To Power” portrayal of that pure soul – undaunted and unafraid – yet vulnerable to mortality In honor of the brilliant Joann Marlowe and her family, who surely suffered from her loss – and surely stayed proud of her accomplishments – Here is a bit of information about her biography :

https://greatentertainersarchives.blogspot.com/2014/06/forgotten-ones-jo-ann-marlowe.html

To be sure, It is her brilliant portrayal of the true “Joy of Life” – in the character of “Kay” in “Mildred Pierce” – that perhaps, she might have been proud to have us remember her through her hauntingly joyful work in this movie. I haven’t’ seen her other roles, but I plan to do so – in her honor.

Cali Lili

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”   The working class artist is ‘canary in the coal mine’ of culture.

She represents the free-spirit in everyone. 

Today’s increasingly authoritarian, indentured servitude economies where even ‘the arts’ enable 1-Percenters in earning obscene profits, leaving working class artists out in the cold of newly de-professionalized systems with shredded standards, was preceded by the gutting of the indie artist.

My work seeks to nourish + strengthen our ‘cultural immune system’ against threats to democracy + freedom.

However – it’s up to each and every one of us – to “vote for ourselves”  in all of this. 

The parallels with actual “voting” for public service – are quite palpable. Each vote for a public servant, is a vote for or against ourselves. 

It’s up to us – to choose humanity. To Choose to support artists, instead of corporations posing as such.

Going forward, I believe, we will all find out, that the shortest distance between the artist + her audience, will save mother earth, because the artist holds together the fabrics of culture, society, humanity + civilization.

Excerpts by  © Cali Lili 

“Makin’ a Livin’ Not a Killin’ ™ 

My Oscars 2020 Contender Indie Film and Original Soundtrack  

“eVe N’god this female is not yet rated ™ ” 

from my Sustainable, Green, Upcycled Tiny feMt0™studi0 


Copyright Excerpts by © Cali Lili all rights reserved.


Imagine being a poor kid who’s core joy in life, is the creation of something beautiful and then finding out that the rich kids can show up to steal your creations and claim them as their own ? “


Before the Covid-19 pandemic I wrote much of the text-collage below as a “compilation” of excerpts from my writings.


Upon re-reading it – I am viscerally struck by many eerily prescient statements, including my mention of the “cultural immune system” – which is not an unusual reference for me, but it’s got special resonance now.


Imagine – being a poor kid who’s core joy in life, is the creation of something beautiful and then finding out that the rich kids can show up to steal your creations and claim them as their own ?


I’m a numbers challenged poor-kid artist who worked to get an “A” in my College Economy class, yet – never expected ‘economics’ would become so key to the art and sustainable humanities – work I was born to do.

Now, it seems almost fitting that “economics” in the context of art-making should become a focus. True artists are ‘not in it for the money,’ we are driven by an other-worldly ‘calling’ yet we DO have to survive + we do face commercial and other ” vampires.” So much ego, jealousy and competition obstructs the work, especially in the era of “corporate art” and also – “amateur art” – in which “everybody is a celebrity and therefore nobody is authentic.” Time and focus become even more precious and reaching the audience, becomes more challenging in the context of so many distractions.

I want to make clear that I’m not just slamming big budget productions or corporations — they employ many people and are a very important part of the “economic landscape” – the “economic eco-system.”

But like all eco-systems –  balance is key.

Just as the “big fish” get to swim big in the big ocean … – so too, must my tiny productions be nurtured, supported by the industry, the economy  ( the big ocean )  and diverse audiences, just as my work as an artist – should be nurtured by elders, producers, directors, fellow artists through quality acting jobs in the larger economic arena – without being mutually exclusive, or – damn near impossible without “the right connections.” 

Where we have arrived in the current imbalance of the economic eco-system of the entertainment industry – is, like the imbalances leading to climate-crisis, endanger species – so too, does the imbalance in our industry ( and I dare-say many other big money driven industries ) threaten the artist as an endangered species.  

Things don’t have to stay the same. 

There are ironies evident during the current pandemic. One of the ironies we recently noticed,  involves several entertainment venues that were cold, indifferent, callous, arrogant – and even cruel –  to young artists like myself, just starting out with fresh projects – who are now actually begging US to write to OUR government representatives – asking US to ask that OUR tax-dollars go toward bailing THEM out!

Some of these venues – even go so far as to “pose” as “mom and pop” operations, which for me is a huge irony as I have been advocating the return of the “mom and pop ” economy with my “MomNPopUpShopZ™ ” moniker but I CERTAINLY would not call these “outfits” anywhere NEAR the kind of “AuthenticIndie™” that takes place at my studio.

Really now, the height of hypocrisy – to write to artists  whose dreams you tried to crush – asking for a bailout ?

But that’s actually the environment our culture has enabled, via the “Gentrified Economy ” we’ve been enduring – that led to the literal “gentrification” of our very “culture” – which in its purest form is the physical expression, embodiment of the “soul” of the people.

Like those who “vote against themselves” by voting for politicians that work for the 1% richest echelon of their district, while getting the 99% to believe they deserve poverty – there has been an apathetic acceptance by too many of us – that those who literally absconded with our resources are somehow “endowed” with forms of “entitlement” based upon the size of their bank accounts – even if those numbers were not quite ethically attained.

It’s a “Stockholm Syndrome” of some sort.

If we don’t free ourselves from this unhealthy cycle, we will continue to enable the very abuses of power that got us here in the first place – massive inequality with the 1 Percenters getting bailed out even as they continue to suck every ounce of resources from the rest of us.

Witness the Covid-19 Circumstances  :  most renters are not able to leave the house to work … and yet … many of the larger landlords just got bailed out in various ways … but the renters STILL OWE THE RENT.

How does that make sense ?

It just doesn’t. 

I believe the “economic eco-system” in the “arts and culture” professions, too often intertwined in a symbiotic fashion with what’s known as “the entertainment industry” – which dangerously includes ” news ” now … –   CAN be nurtured back to health – if we can find enough consensus among the wide range of artists from the fat-cats – to the tiny fish like me.

I DO believe that if the people I admire in my industry – the ones who really worked for their success  –  now including the “star news anchors” –  and “star pundits” –  could someday consider what I am proposing – we could create a far more humane – healthy – AND ethically lucrative industry. 

For one thing, true actors, musicians, artists and technicians alike  –  could communicate directly with potential future collaborators –   directors / producers etc … –   without the excruciating and humiliating obstructions currently in place. There could be some continuity such as that which I describe in my “HighSchoolMeetsOldSchool™” concept – where people at every stage of their careers and lives – move forward without being tossed into the trash. If we continue to support “disposable culture” – we will continue to be treated as “disposable people.”   

It’s literally an insane system right now  –  the height of gentrification –  and unapologetically so – with pecking orders reminiscent of high-school cliques that never had to grow up because they were enabled into becoming their own industry clique. 

We are supposed to just “accept” the hierarchy – people whose films or music are just – not that great, didn’t even earn much at the box office – but were “in the club” so they were therefore – “better” than actual working class artists putting out quality projects … ? People were silent – nobody could speak out in this environment or –  that age-old threat : “you’ll never work in this town again became a reality.” 

How SICK is that ? Very. It’s literally, a virus – one that reflects the larger gentrified economy but is magnified by its rare surroundings.

Covid-19 is exposing all kinds of realities.  

‘Why is backing my working-class-artist –  work – a worthy / valuable investment ?’

That’s the question I posited for one of my upcoming books.

It was also supposed to be included in IndieGoGo / Patreon campaigns, but we found platforms like those, to be somewhat antithetical to the main purpose of this essay and the undertaking as a whole. I hope as you read on, you might see why. 

Having said that – we need and appreciate your support.

We are expressing this outside of forums such as “IndieGoGo”  ” GoFundMe” or “Patreon” for a variety of reasons, including those mentioned, but also because this work is done on a professional basis – and it is only by virtue of an  “illness” in the industry – that we are forced to communicate outside the norms of the industry – directly to you – our partner in the sharing of culture AND in what I am outlining as a future for an ” INTEGRATED” and “INTERDEPENDENT” awareness for culture and economy.

Like athletes, we train – and train – and train – and we get injured, take losses, have to recover – and there are a billion different adjustments and daily practices that must take place before a performance of excellence is accomplished.

Also like athletes, we inspire and uplift. 

But there is an added  – urgency – to supporting work like mine. My films, music and writings, have not blithely worn blinders in the name of “entertainment” at the expense of culture. My work takes responsibility for recognizing – that what we release into the “bloodstream” of our culture, our society, the minds of our sisters and brothers – will impact our globe and precious wildlife. sealife – the very water and air – in some small or large way. 

We haven’t taken the easy route, just napping our way into the public arena to collect profits and ego strokes. 

We care. 

I care. 

I REALLY care, sometimes to the detriment of my own peace of mind and wellness. But I work on that too – and I also have a wellness project in the works that I look forward to sharing with you. 

I guess what I am saying is – while I don’t believe in “tribalism” ( see my professional bio ) I DO believe in the power of our collective “global village.” That’s who I am working for – that’s “my tribe” – US. 

Below are excerpts from my ‘meditations,’ stream of consciousness attempts at a response :

The artist is ‘canary in the coal mine’ of culture. She represents the free-spirit in everyone. Today’s increasingly authoritarian, indentured servitude economies where even ‘the arts’ enable 1-Percenters in earning obscene profits, leaving working class artists out in the cold of newly de-professionalized systems with shredded standards, was preceded by the gutting of the indie artist. My work seeks to nourish + strengthen our ‘cultural immune system’ against threats to democracy + freedom.

Going forward, I believe, we will all find out, that the shortest distance between the artist + her audience, will save mother earth, because the artist holds together the fabrics of culture, society, humanity + civilization.


Please join my movement : ‘SupportTheARTSustainTheARTIST™’ ©


Here’s why :


My concerns for global culture were quite intense before this pandemic … but of course, like everything else – we are at full throttle now – high gear – but hopefully, not so high that we “throttle” ourselves :


” I am experiencing the 21st Century – intensely –


While daunting, sometimes harrowing, always challenging – I believe – it’s an opportunity for us to : “Make Up A Better World.”


I’m an actress/director + singer/songwriter so I work with “ stories,” employing design, rhythm and shape as building blocks.


The expression “making up a better world” unfolds into a multitude of meanings. “Making Up” can mean – hand-made – fabricating stories as I do at my green sustainable studio, it can mean wearing literal “make-up” and – it can also mean – resolving an argument … “mending a tear in the fibers of a culture.”
That’s what I aim to do with my projects – to nourish and “mend” as I contribute to the “woven” fabric of a culture showing some “wear and tear.”


As an authentically independent : “TruliIndie™” artist, I’ve come to realize that maintaining an authentically “indie” status holds the same challenges that we as “individuals” face in an increasingly “corporate” world dominated by a “ Cultural Industrial Complex.” That’s a phrase I’m paraphrasing from the well-known expression “ Military Industrial Complex “ – illustrating how the same form of “corporate takeover” can be applied to culture. That’s dangerous and it renders the “Indie Artist” working outside of Corporate Media – and “Endangered Species.” It now occurs to me, that there is also a “Medical Industrial Complex” – that does not put patient safety above public relations or profits.


But here’s the thing – the reason I think you might consider caring about my work :
Just as the non-corporate tethered artist “works without a net” – going forward into the 21st Century : every free-thinking individual – daring to decline, oppose, disagree with, not become dependent upon a corporate entity – they too will increasingly become an “Endangered Species.”


The fallacy in assuming that only one group gets targeted by corporate domination – becomes evident daily as authoritarianism rises parallel with increasing reliance on Artificial Intelligence and continued indifference towards sustainable technologies to save our planet as “new planets” are sought for “expansion” of an old patriarchal model that is damn near destroying our “mother earth.” ( Re-reading this after covid-19 is shocking – because surely our economy will lean more toward AI as “non-contact” business seems to be a trend.)

My view is – just as we find ourselves at a time of great opportunity to reverse and amend the harmful advance of “climate change” – we also live in a time of great opportunity to assert the freedoms taken for granted by so many, who enjoy the democracy died for by so many and – to this day – longed for – by so many more.
A culture’s freedoms – the freedoms for everybody – are measured, expressed ( or suppressed ) in their purest form, upon examination of the “health” of it’s arts.

I’m going to repeat opening statements as they are beginning to feel like necessary “mantras” :

“Imagine being a poor kid who’s core joy in life, is the creation of something beautiful and then finding out that the rich kids can show up to steal your creations and claim them as their own ?

The artist is ‘canary in the coal mine’ of culture.

She represents the free-spirit in everyone.

Today’s increasingly authoritarian, indentured servitude economies where even ‘the arts’ enable 1-Percenters in earning obscene profits, leaving working class artists out in the cold of newly de-professionalized systems with shredded standards, was preceded by the gutting of the indie artist.

My work seeks to nourish + strengthen our ‘cultural immune system’ against threats to democracy + freedom.”

With your support, I can continue to prove that my Authentically Indie Movies, Albums and Books from my green, sustainable, non-corporate, studio – can remain “organic,” sustainable AND authentically free from corporate-speak, corporate-culture, corporate-cultural propaganda which so often include age-old biases such as misogyny, racism, homophobia and climate/nature denial.

If only the 1 Percent among us – make movies, write books and music that ever get “distributed” to the nation and the world … then – our very thoughts, dreams, hopes, wishes – our very brains become shaped forever by that group’s agenda.

We literally become ( or continue to be ) “indentured servants” of the 1 Percenter class in a profound way : our very imaginations, our language, the rhythm of our hearts beat – to the beat – of the drum, paid for by those who can afford to make the commercials and publish the glossy photos in Vogue, Teen Vogue, Esquire, The New York Times etc …

By some form of “Economic Eugenics” paid for by – we – ourselves, we will be contributing to the “natural selection “ of any truly quality ideas – literally stolen from ourselves – from Twitter, Pinterest and other mediums that working class artists and thinkers can afford to use to express ourselves, which are “spied upon” by the “interns” or publicists hired by the wealthy – who then appropriate those ideas into their mega-rich megaphones – claiming the genius as their own, even as the geniuses are left to die penniless, as they have often done throughout history.

If we continue to support / consume mostly corporate-media born from money worship, there will continue to be only two classes of artist – the Uber rich and the Uber poor and it will continue to spread to other fields of study, other corners of civilization.

But if we shift our economic values, make a concentrated, conscious effort to avoid “consuming” corporate media and an effort to “consume” more “ArtisanMadeMedia™ + Arts like mine – on a personal basis, supporting arts that are created by an individual artist in need of our support – and if we all – support EACH OTHER’S SMALL BUSINESSES – in a sort of “revival” of the “mom and pop“ businesses – what I call “Mom N’ Pop-Up ShopZ™ Economy” – then we can create a healthier “economic environment” – in the same way we can save our own “environment” from the harmful effects of consuming all the oil, gas and other products upon which the 1 percent grow fat – as the planet grows sick.

ReadTheIndieLabel™ WhatsInYourIndie™ :

Not all indies are created equal.

Many movies, albums, other projects and products have long ago appropriated the word “ Indie “ because it’s “cool.”

But often these are big budget, corporate – backed – deals.

That’s part of “what happened” to movies and music – they became all about the deals, not the movies, not the music, not the artists, or the audiences. They became about – the money – but those deals wanted it both ways. They wanted to appear “indie” – while still raking in obscene profits. There’s a reason these entities wanted to study our “tastes” a an audience via big tech.

Recently studios have cultivated a hobby – they slander American actors, claiming we don’t have the “skills” or discipline of actors from other countries.

Now – please know, I am in love with so many cultures. I am not speaking from some xenophobic point of view. I LOVE actors from all cultures. It’s the goddamn slander from studios that I am taking exception to.

If you’ll notice there are quite a few actors from other countries playing Americans. That might be fine, but I can assure you this has nothing to do with our skills or discipline. American actors are, becoming an endangered species. Why ? Money. Power. Money. This is the “money-ball” of movies and music.

Excerpt from Cali Lili’s opening statement in 2013 :

“ In Bob Fosse’s Film “Cabaret,” the Song “Money” (by Kander & Ebb)
chants … incants …
Something we might catch
running on the hamster-wheel
in our own heads …
“Money Makes the World Go Round
The World Go Round
The World Go Round
Money – Money – Money …”
… the song goes round …
“Money” … is what it takes to do many things …
DUH.
Especially … Making Films …
Double DUH.
But “Money” doesn’t “MAKE” … Anything.
And FILMS are MADE … by Hand(s) …
Albums too …” © Cali Lili 2013

Excerpted from my essay originally published in 2013 during the Cannes Film Festival – here’s the full essay :

MoneySez™ Movies4The99Percent™

© Cali Lili
https://calililiindies.com/2014/02/12/moneysez-…

My “client” is :

The Individual In EveryOne™

and

“KidsOfAllAges™

If we continue to support “Disposable Culture” then we will continue to be treated by our politicians and legislators like “Disposable Humans.”

I’m really worried about this and I have been, ever since I considered law as a career.
I decided that I could do more for the “global village” with my work as an artist and culture- “maker.”

I am “weaving” and “simmering” what I hope, could be “cures” to some of our ills – with my secret-sauces, based in love, kindness and respect.

I believe in making projects that help us “preserve” our “innocence” as though we are living in the “Summer” of our humanity’s harvest and we must make sure that every flavor is preserved in both seed form and in a cultural – “jar of preserves” – for the Winter. That Cultural Winter seems colder during Climate Change. ( Re-Reading this, post Covid 19 – is chilling ).

In 2012 when we first announced and advertised / listed the hiring of diverse inclusive team members on Craigs’ List – we saw many hate-filled, vicious, comments from racists, misogynists and homophobes who detested the fact that we asked for more “women, persons of color, LGBTQ community members to apply for the team positions.”

It was a shocking introduction into the kinds of cruelty we witness today.

It is with great pride, that we have released a project intended to heal, mend, balm and inspire us – in spite of such unkindness in the world.

One of the many mottos at my tiny studio is :

“The Chain of HumanKindness Is Stronger Than Our Weakest Links ™” ©

The projects I will introduce here are “HandMadeToMakeADifference™” ©

We work – with my methodology, stemming from a lifestyle philosophy rooted in yoga, zen and dance – which flows not only into my works of film, music, poetry but into the “works,” the workings – the “how” we can support each other instead of corporations.

Mind you, I don’t hate corporations, if they are pro-human. Humanity First.

This methodology born from experience is always on our minds and in our hearts. I hire teams of high quality crafts-persons, technicians and artisans to make each of these projects as a collectors’ item, not disposable fast-culture nor the plasticized packaging of a meme.

There is pain that accompanies the basic needs of an artist.

These are agonies most people aren’t aware of because most of our references, when we hear the word “artist” – is the slanderous examples of either the “crazy rich” or the “just plain crazy.”

In fact the life of an artist is both for more amazing and far more mundane than we might imagine – but still requires every ounce of dedication.

It’s not just a job, it’s a “calling” and that sounds romantic but truth be told – not everybody would even want to be “called” because it can be exhausting and it’s not really a choice.

If one is born this way – one must create.

But : “ imagine being a poor kid who’s core joy in life, is the creation of something beautiful and then finding out that the rich kids can show up to steal your creations and claim them as their own ? “

Media, tv, movies, social media are today’s public square, playground, and printing press.

They do “inform” us – but they also “shape” us.

Since there are no “ingredients labels” on the media we consume, we are literally “consuming” ideas, biases, and content ( which may be stolen from artists ) at our own risk, at the risk of the very fabric of our culture and civilization.

If we aren’t able to “sample” the more “whole foods,” artisanal, farm-to-table, versions of media, such as that which I make at my studio and which receive contributions from people like my local farmers, who contributed produce to my film set, then – we are abdicating our “food-for-thought-sourcing” and just “trusting” that “big media” knows what we should “consume.”

Every radio station, tv channel, including much of the “on demand” and streaming now – are backed by the very same big media who controlled three networks in years gone by. Same old same old.

If we don’t broaden our own “tastes” in arts and culture, as we did with “foodie” culture – where we discovered “sourdough” bread and artisanal cheeses, heirloom veggies and – VITAMINS … – we will be depriving our emotional, intellectual, spiritual and even physical well-being – of wellness opportunities as a culture.

We might be depriving ourselves of the innate “healing capacity” of our “Cultural Immune System” – the capacity to come together as a “Global Village” and solve problems like economic inequality, gun violence, health care, education, and environmental injustice / climate change.

If we deprive ourselves of our innate healing capacity to “think for our-selves” as individuals free from the shackles of corporate-think often laden with internalized bias, misogyny, racism, homophobia and science-denial – then we will have abdicated control over the “levers” of our minds, the minds of our children, the minds of future “leaders.”

Inevitably this abdication of “free will” – shapes, defines and controls Culture, collective and individual fears and hopes – channels our education – which in turn shapes future policies, laws – medicine – health , housing , food safety, personal safety … ( again, I’m re-reading this … in post-Covid-19 times – I’m quite amazed this was written before Covid)

We don’t have an ingredients label on our media – by that, I’m not referring to the ratings / reviews of content determined by the “Corporate cultural industrial complex” policing itself. What I mean by “ingredients list” is – asking questions with our newly found critical thinking / think-for-myself skills – asking questions like : “ who made it, how was it made, when I stream this movie / music am I supporting an indie artist not signed by a corporate fat-cat-copy-cat ? “

When my movie was complete, we sought to find “distribution” with a movie distributor known for “indie films.” We realized – after reading their policy which stated in public “ if we haven’t worked with you before, we won’t work with you now” – that every movie they distributed was “packaged” by one of the 1Percenter largest “Agencies” who cast only their own “1Percenters” and – in some cases, the Agencies were co-producing the movies with the 1Percenter studios / mini-majors.

Money Money Money.

SO MANY great actors, artists – were cast aside by such policies. If you are a cinephile, you know how many brilliant directors, actors, singers – artists were cast aside by those who bought the power to – “greenlight” or stop projects that might have employed some of the greatest artists.

I make ArtisanMadeMedia™ – just like home-made cookies fresh from the oven or organic fresh-picked vine-ripened fruit – my projects are “Organic” – we are not infused with a list of chemical ingredients one might find in a “store-bought” cookie – or chemical-sprayed Agribusiness GMO franken-fruit.

Here is one example : for actors, the “Breakdowns” mean everything.

In fact, the “Breakdowns” might actually represent the “breakdown” of actors’ abilities to seek quality, paying acting work without a high profile agency — and there-fore — they might represent – how the entertainment industry destroyed the American Actor.
The “Breakdowns” is a list of all the acting jobs available at any given time — paying projects, projects that represent the highest possible goals a working actor might attempt to achieve on any given day.

But most actors – cannot see them.

They are ONLY provided to agents.

How do you get an agent ? Get work that shows you are good at what you do.

How do you get work as an actor ? Get an agent – with access to the “Breakdowns.”

It’s an insane Catch 22

.
Is it legal ? Who knows. Who asks ?

If you ask – will you be barred from “ working in this town “ ?

Who knows. Who asks ?

Some of the industry avenues to whom I sent my indie movie “ eVe N’god this female is not yet rated “ ™© in my early attempts to find distribution. I was told that my movie was “too experimental”

Now my team and I witness the programming on those  channels  – which parallels every single theme addressed in my movie. Mainstream content is a double-edged sword to me + any other indie artist who “pitches” them a project. Big Media now appropriates the voice of the female creator, the person of color creator, the LGBTQ creator, the science-based creator … just as some charities of late have begun to appropriate the voices of small charities working for years to support their causes.

 A large distributor recently  produced a project with elements similar to mine – so somewhere in the dialogue of this century – I’ve got to ask : what did they do with my voice – when I pitched them my project — and when they told me it was “too experimental.” Well – one look at current programming — shows that my project would have fit perfectly with their current slate. It’s clear to us – that we didn’t know the right people, have the right agents, or contacts.

Seriously ?

Is THIS how we are going to continue to allow our “cultural story” to be written ? Are we going to continue to allow this culture to be run via insider trading and cliques ?
Will we allow ourselves to stay in high school forever ?

At what point – do “We The Creators” and “We The Audience” — collectively “ We The Global Village “ — get to communicate directly with each other — without the “middle-men” and “middle-women” — the gate-keepers — running interference ? At what point – do we simply : connect ?

I’d like that point to be – RIGHT NOW — and I invite you to please, join me and my team.

I’m a poet, so I appreciate complexity of emotion contained within the boundaries of simple structure.

Campaigns and business don’t always capture an “poetic essence” for any given venture.

But I’m going to try … because poetry is at the core of everything I do.

I hope the information included, provides some insight about me … –

But, I want to cut to the chase, before I include more links …

Enough about me, let’s talk about you.

I need your help.

Ever since I began my project, I knocked on the doors of 1 % ers in Hollywood – seeking support for the kinds of innovation I wanted to deliver to a Hollywood dinosaur environment that was weighed down by years of misogyny, sexism and many other ” isms ” – especially the “isms” that deal with cold-hard-cash.

After throwing myself wholeheartedly and quite humbly on the “mercy” of the establishment, I realized ( and was warned by some of the good guys ) that there my types of innovation were not wanted by a status quo environment working hard at keeping the profits steadily rolling in to the same people in power.

Aside from raising the money to make my movie and album – I needed to secure distribution – in order to create awareness of the project.

This was crucial, because this film and album were especially focused on helping those “coming out” in the global LGBTQ community – and offering emotional support, solace, sister-hood in the Womens’ Rights, Human Rights, Interracial Love and Climate Change / Ocean Conservancy communities world-wide –

It’s a project “For the People” but the establishment in the entertainment industry was barring us from any forms of distribution – it was literally what I call a ” Gentrification of Culture ™©” – to the extent that our “culture” is dictated by the 1% who barely experience the reality of – what it’s like to “make a living” and live in the making of – our culture !

I see now that I was a bit naive – distribution is THE HARDEST part of movie-making now that almost anybody can make a movie. I was outlining my work as combining what I call “ToyBoxTech™” with very highly skilled, high quality projects – so my work falls into a unique category.

We weren’t “high finance” enough for the big distributions – but we were not amateurs, we are pros – so there was no thought of simply dumping the project onto YouTube for free – that wasn’t the point.

The idea was to be TruliIndie™ without corporate over-lords.

The idea was about the “working class” in the entertainment world speaking to the “working class” in the audience’s world. After all – we really ARE experiencing the world together.

We don’t live in mansions, but we are hollywood professionals.

As I blogged during the making of this project, I realized that the TruliIndie™ artist / artisan ( especially in the entertainment world) was, like much of our wildlife, and like the independent thinker – an “Endangered Species.”

We are all : “Makin’ a Livin’ Not a Killin'” ™©

I refused to give up on my TinyMultiMedia™ and I forged ahead with making them as AquaCultureZ™ : like pearls, they would be formed slowly with tender loving care, as though they were grown in a ” pearl farm .”

Flash Forward :

The movie and album are complete, the graphic novel is on the way, and the next album and movie are in pre-production !

We invite audiences to “Sip TheOysterZ SavorThePearlZ™ “ © :

This first of many “FarmToTableFables™” was made with up-cycled wardrobe and film sets – in fact, several farmers, including female farmers from the farmers market, contributed produce and flowers for the film’s “Garden Of eVe ™ ” set dressing along with crew lunches !

So why am I bothering you with all this ?

Now that I made an authentically indie feature motion picture completely OUTSIDE ” the system ” – along with the Soundtrack / Debut Album – also as a rebel / renegade indie artist –

Now that we did get a tiny theatrical release in Downtown Los Angeles at the Downtown Independent Cinema

Now that the movie can be seen on Apple TV / iTunes, Google Play, and Vimeo World-Wide … and the Album / Soundtrack can be heard on Apple / iTunes and EVERYWHERE ELSE music is streamed / downloaded –

and now that our baby steps have somehow brought this little girl into the arena as an Oscars 2020 Contender – “though she may be little, she is fierce” – running with the Goliaths –

We need YOU

and YOU

and YOU –

and YOU TOO PLEASE …

How can you support us without us submitting to a somewhat “corporate” model at IndieGoGo and Patreon ? 

Here’s How : 

In addition to adding my album/soundtrack and singles – to all your playlists, whether it be Apple 🍎 or Spotify, YouTube or GooglePlay, Boomplay – Everywhere music streams  – 

🍎 iTunes / Apple TV Movie :  https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/eve-n-god-thi…
 

🍎   iTunes Soundtrack Apple Music 
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/cali-lili/14…

After viewing and listening, please consider leaving us  positive ratings / reviews – this is not only a supportive action toward our NEXT movie and album – it’s ALSO a push-back against sexist, homophobic, racist and climate-denying trolls who go out of their way to leave negative comments. 

On Apple TV  🍎  🎬  iTunes  🎬 🍎                      

https://tv.apple.com/us/movie/eve-n-god-this-female-is-not-yet/umc.cmc.2yxdyr5yqcmhr1y1hn195e3sm

And Also at 

YouTube Movies 🎬   and Music   🎶 : 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mxgf1AeeWw4&list=PLOo3oJVjWZYTKa092ES4_ncFupWbjCKnt&index=3&t=0s

Google Play Movies and Music 🎬 🎶  

https://play.google.com/store/movies/details/Eve_N_God_This_Female_is_Not_Yet_Rated?id=Mxgf1AeeWw4&hl=en_US

and

Vimeo WorldWide  🎬

Shopping our tee-shirts and swag at the store link  👕👚🧢

https://shop.spreadshirt.com/CaliLiliCiti/

And :

You can ALSO :  add any TIPS  💸  you can afford  —

to our virtual “tip jar” at my Bandcamp page –

🎶    💸  🎶       https://calililiindies.bandcamp.com/

The Bandcamp page is where you can “pay more” for each track available there ( we are adding more tracks there !  my schedule was full before Covid-19 and – it’s been overwhelming, as you already know from your own life )  –

The “tips” added at Bandcamp go directly to my studio and – they go toward my next social justice / environmental justice themed projects – all of which lean towards women’s rights,  lgbtq rights, black lives matter,  and – ocean conservancy / sea-life. 

Those “tips” are the very same one might add toward any service for a job well done  – but they are also “wrighting a wrong” done to artists by a culture that favors “corporate art” over the same kind of art one might find in a painters’ private studio.

SEE the movie – if you enjoy it – please leave a heart-felt and descriptive positive review – then share it with ten or more people

HEAR the Soundtrack / Album – if you enjoyed it – please add to your playlists everywhere –  leave a positive descriptive review – share it with ten or more –

We Need YOU –

to Help Us Get this project out there – to DISTRIBUTE IT – without those power broker distributors who literally boast about never working with anybody not recommended by cronies – 

Aside from aspiring to entertain and inspire with this piece – my aim was to “nourish” – it really was made from the heart – in order to share ideas and solace with those who may need to hear the message of love, acceptance, diversity, inclusivity, interracial unity, kindness, and hope …

Culture should not be “gentrified” – exclusive by the 1 % – or it will turn sour and harm the very people consuming it.

Culture must be made “of the people, by the people, for the people.”

That is what this movie and album are literally “made from.”

If we can get this movie and album OUT THERE with your help :

” For the People” – “distributed” not by means of hollywood dominance but in the same grassroots manner in which it was : “ Hand-Made-To-Make-A-Difference™ “ – by the people – for the people – of the people.

and WE HAVE SWAG !

Band Tees / Movie Tees featuring lyrics from the songs and mottos / themes from the studio are also available in high quality, fairly made ( some are organic ) SWAG !

Please Join My Movement :

Dream Big Tiny FootPrintZ™ ©

SupportTheARTSustainTheARTIST™ ©

Some “Bits About Me”  :

QUOTE :

“I’m still that teenage runaway with a scholarship … I earned a Masters’ Degree from NYU, but no high school diploma … “

It’s true ! I got skipped several grades and – then scholarships, so I found myself as a kid – in Graduate School with fellow “peers” / “students” who were already university professors in other countries, studying at NYU ! Surreal !

I survived an abusive childhood mainly because I ADORE the ARTS … all I ever wanted to do – was create beauty in order to make the world a better place.

My teachers were angels and I am eternally grateful. I am not sure I was quite “conscious” of all the “grade-skipping” … I just knew that I needed to arrive – here and NOW.

I “caught a wave” for Cali – because I figured my name was a good hint and having been born on the water – I needed to be – water. My “temple” is my daily time surfing the Pacific before going to work at my tiny, hand-built, sustainable, biodegradable, green studio.

A note about my studio :

I designed this eco-structure in high-school, never really knowing if it would ever get built. I was lucky to have connected with my partner and long story short – it was built and i was up and running – on my “half a shoestring budget” from my baby-sitting money, yoga-teacher earnings and actress earnings. I found my first few team members, and went to work.

I’m enclosing a bit of my formal professional bio below, since it’s the most comprehensive way I could think of, to introduce myself :

2019 Interview https://medium.com/@mondofilm/interview-with-ca…

2017 Interview http://www.wearemovingstories.com/we-are-moving…

Twitter https://twitter.com/CaliLiliIndies

Official Website CaliLiliIndies.com  https://calililiindies.com/

iTunes / Apple TV Movie :  https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/eve-n-god-thi…

iTunes Soundtrack
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/cali-lili/14…

IG https://www.instagram.com/calililiindies/

Facebook Movie page https://www.facebook.com/EVEnGodThisFemaleIsNot…

Facebook Band page

https://www.facebook.com/calililiband/

Cali Lili :

Professional Biography by GTA Management :

” Actress-Director / Singer-Songwriter Cali Lili skipped several grades (having been tested as reading at college level in grade school) took her first college course in the entire works of Shakespeare, at age 13, never graduated high-school, never even went to a prom, was swooped up, landing at NYU, then completed her Masters’ Degree on full scholarship with awards / stellar reviews for early works.

The Cali Lili ™ Band recorded a completely original stand-alone “Urban / World / Rock © ” styled Singer-Songwriter Debut Album which forms the core of the soundtrack for her debut feature film :

‘eVe N’god(TM) this female is not yet rated ™’

She made the feature length narrative motion picture with an ALL FEMALE production team.

‘eVe N’god this female is not yet rated ™ ‘ is perhaps, the first ( or one of the first ) production of it’s kind : a theatrical feature length motion picture, in which the technical production roles employed only women during principal photography.

Born of multi-cultural heritage, Cali is keenly aware and concerned with what she sees as a form of “tribalism” too often employed as “nationalism.” Cali writes about these issues and acts accordingly when it comes to her public image.

Cali adores being an actor and takes that craft very seriously, but found herself turning down 3 acting offers, that she felt were disempowering to women especially in the MeToo environment, in order to “turn up” what she calls fempower™ by scraping together “half a shoestring budget” to build her “green” “off-grid,” upcycled “floating” “surfshack” feMt0™ studi0 at the Venice Beach Canals in Los Angeles, California where she makes “Signature” Sustainable, Green Auteur Artisanal Motion Pictures, Albums and Books, “HandMade2MakeADifference™”

Cali’s degree included extensive studies in anthropology as well as performance techniques from all over the globe. She holds an added background of intense New York studies in dance / choreography.

Cali is proud to share her deep connection with “Mother Africa” + “Mother Ocean.” She is greatly inspired by African culture, the cultures of Oceania, and that of her other diverse intercultural studies.

Cali’s quote :

“We all originate from one mother in Africa, the Ocean is our collective unconscious, so let us honor each other, our mutual mother, our waters, and our blue mothership, earth. In doing so, we save ourselves “©

Cali’s films are inclusive of lgbtq characters and the authentic real lives of these characters. She also delves into the reality of “being female” and a “multi-cultural blend” who “appears to be white,” in a biased “MeToo” world.

Cali’s career in movies began as a teenager, flying back and forth from NY to LA, while working as an “au pair.”

As a kid, she “raised herself” in spite of an abusive childhood
With legendary ‘Edward G. Robinson (I)’ (qv) as one of the distinguished members of her ancestry, Cali dedicates herself to honoring a tradition of excellence and earning her “place” as an up-and-coming young artist.

She has been granted the rights to the favorite novel of legendary ‘Zane Grey (I)’ (qv) by Grey’s son Loren Grey ( writer and educator) for a film adaptation in which she will co-star.

Zane Grey was a very outspoken novelist – who cared deeply about wildlife and culture. Cali has much in common with Mr. Grey’s concerns for our planet, which is why she is aligned with this project.

Cali works with her proprietary methodologies as described in her book “The Declaration of IndiePenDance”™

In the past, Cali previously worked in a collaboration agreement deal with Academy Award winning Dutch producer, ‘Hans de Weers’ (qv) (Antonia’s Line) which ended when Cali realized it was time to build her own tiny studio, in order to make projects that empower Women, LGBTQIA , Civil Rights and Climate Science communities.

Her wish is to continue sharing her heart with the hearts of the beautiful fans she hears from, daily.

We here at GTA Management, hope you will take some time to support her works.

( GTA Management Biographies )

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Cali’s band page statement :

“Inventing new worlds with my art, saved my childhood.

Dancin’ pavement on NYC streets, I learned my craft comforted by the shelter of my Pictures, Words Music In Motion™

I’m a Multi-Cultural “Island Child Wild ™ In The City ” so I caught a wave 4 Cali.

My music?

It’s eclectic, island child wild™

@CaliLiliCiti™

SurF Tribe, Indigenous City RockVibe™
VenusBeach™
Cutting Edge Of The Pacific™”

***

The Cali Lili Indies™ Brand is a “Destination” ;

Aspiring to Inspire + Empower™

‘ The Sexy Part of Smart™© “

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Oscars 2020 Contender :

“eVe N’ god
this female is not yet rated ™ ” ©

World-Wide :

iTunes 🎬🎼🍎
https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/eve-n-god-this-female-is-not-yet-rated/id1447735793

Apple TV 🎬🍎  https://tv.apple.com/us/movie/eve-n-god-this-female-is-not-yet/umc.cmc.2yxdyr5yqcmhr1y1hn195e3sm

also :

YouTube Movies + Music
🎬🎼

Google Play 🎬🎼  https://play.google.com/store/movies/details?id=Mxgf1AeeWw4

Vimeo   🎬   https://vimeo.com/ondemand/189618

Soundtrack  🎼🍎
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/this-female-is-not-yet-rated/1402313761

Official YouTube Artist   🎶 Channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfmQSviatkBEmFmRzsCyo3g

Official Apple Music Artist 🍎 🎶 Site

https://music.apple.com/us/artist/cali-lili/1402310156

Variety listing Oscars 2020 : https://variety.com/2019/film/awards/oscars-academy-announces-344-films-eligible-for-2019-best-picture-1203446314/

🎙️ 2019  :
View at Medium.com

🎙️ 2017 ️  :
http://www.wearemovingstories.com/we-are-moving-stories-films/2017/6/21/eve-n-god-this-female-is-not-yet-rated

FB Movie Page 🎬  : https://www.facebook.com/CaliLiliSustainableMoviesMusicAndPublishing/

FB Band Page  🎼  https://www.facebook.com/calililiband/

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