Bad Ally

New York City, New York | Series

Comedy, LGBTQ

Ariel Mahler

3 Campaigns | California, United States

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"Bad Ally" is doing something that no series of its kind has ever done: showing the close, intersectional friendship of a white nonbinary trans person and a black, cis straight woman, all through a fabulously irreverent, comedic lens.

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Mission Statement

We're all about representation and inclusion. Mix and Harriet hold identities that are underrepresented in media. Beyond their individual identities, their friendship alone is is genre-bending and groundbreaking. "Bad Ally" doesn't just check many different identity boxes; it breaks them altogether.

The Story

In Femme We Trust

Despite the challenging political climate that we all find ourselves in, we are currently witnessing a revolutionary moment in media. We're truly beginning to see diverse stories being told, authentically, and with nuance. But along with the great power of this representation comes the huge responsibility of getting it right. Simply seeing (and rarely hearing) people of color on the screen is not enough. Simply having one-dimensional trans characters (often played by cis actors) is not enough.

 

In order for the media representation revolution to succeed, those who have been the most marginalized need to be at the forefront. We need to be in the writer's room, in the director's chair, and involved an all areas of production, from pre, to post, to distribution. We alone know how complex and compelling our stories are, and we should be given the agency to tell them.

 

The team behind Bad Ally is doing exactly that. With co-creators and co-stars whose identities match those of the characters they've written, we are being as authentic as possible in our representation. And with a black trans director, we have ensured that the artistic choices in the series are motivated by genuine understanding of the communities of which we are a part.

 

 

When done wrong, we become either tragedies, tokens, or incomplete caricatures of ourselves. This is evidenced by the fact that the type of friendship that Mix and Harriet hold is not currently represented anywhere else in media. It's not enough to just imagine the stories, someone has to actually create them. And if not us, who? If not now, when?

 

So, what do you mean by "Bad Ally"?

In a society where everyone has an opinion, why are we so afraid to say them? We're so petrified that we'll be seen as a bad ally, that we don't even try to be allies at all. This is a show that explicitly discusses the topics that polite society often considers taboo.

 

Let's be real. We're currently witnessing a backlash against PC culture. ‘Social Justice Warriors’ are attacked for their ‘precious snowflake’ feelings. 'Safe spaces’ are incorrectly diminished to being nothing more than a side effect of millennials' belief that ‘everyone deserves a trophy.’  It’s almost as if calling out ignorance is just as offensive as being ignorant. Really, queen?

 

 

In what world does that make sense? The irony of course is that by denying us ‘safe spaces,’ these same hateful people are only creating their own safe spaces in which they can spout their nonsense unchecked. Their own ‘snowflake’ feelings are put to the test when they have to contemplate their own implicit racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia head on.

 

In “Bad Ally” we hope to reclaim PC culture and safe space mentality, proving once again that bad a$$ b*tches who don’t put up with offensive politics do indeed have a sense of humor.

 

 

The series mixes the academic with the crude, the elevated with the nasty, and tells a compelling series of episodic stories through this underrepresented yet overstated, not-very-likely yet desperately necessary friendship. 

Wishlist

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Color Correction

Costs $1,600

We want the video to look as vibrant and colorful as the stories themselves!

Sound Editing

Costs $4,000

Hiring a sound editor will smooth over all the audio transitions, making the show sound natural.

Music

Costs $600

We would like a dynamic soundtrack with Queer/Trans and/or POC artists and musicians.

Festival Submissions

Costs $300

We'd like to submit to many festivals, focusing on LGBTQ and POC-themed web-fests.

Title Sequence

Costs $500

We'll be paying a graphic designer to create a custom title sequence for Bad Ally!

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About This Team

Daquisha J. Jones, (Co-Writer, Co-Star)

 

Daquisha is an Indiana transplant who moved to New York City after graduating from Hanover College. Now residing in Philadelphia, Daquisha is practicing and expanding her art in both cities. She started the blog “Pussy Politica,” a forum for millennial women of color exploring sexuality, identity, and the political climate. She also volunteers within the Philadelphia community with local Black and Women organizers and artists.  Jones is unapologetically political and will upset any dinner table she chooses. With a deep understanding of the racial tensions in this country she questions who built the table you’re leaning into. Bad Ally is Jones’ first film project. “I’d rather be erased than misrepresented. Fortunately, we live in a time where I don’t have to choose either outcome.”

 

Ariel Mahler (Co-Writer, Co-Star) 

Ariel a filmmaker and LGBTQ+ rights advocate, is an out (and proud) “social justice warrior.” In 2016, Mahler self-produced their first original web series called “Façades,” which, tackled the relationship between a nonbinary trans person and a drag queen and explored the thin lines between gender as identity and gender as performance. Since that production, Mahler has also been working in the film industry as a Production Assistant, Assistant Director, and Director on various projects. Mahler feels that trans visibility is in-and-of itself a political act, and infuses advocacy into everything they do, especially in terms of media creation. “Seeing yourself reflected in the media you consume is one of the most fundamental identity-forming experiences you can have,” say Mahler.

 

Nyala Moon (Director)

Nyala is an aspiring actor, writer and producer. She is recently finished her bachelors of arts at Baruch College this past May. Nyala has always been a performer at heart but didn’t think it was space for a black transgender woman like herself. Nyala is a New York native with southern roots. Nyala has had a love affair with cinema ever since she first saw Casablanca and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly with her grandparents. Now that Nyala has finished her education, she is ready to openly pursue her love affair with cinema by telling queer stories because she believes little black trans girls shouldn’t grow up and not see a reflection of themselves in the media.

 

Jonathan Alvares (Director of Photography) is a New York native attracted to film production because of the creative technicalities about the profession. He is well versed in both camera and lighting departments and he enjoys working with new technology such as virtual reality. Jonathan has a particular interest in telling stories about science, arts, and humanities.

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