How Do I Look vs. Paris is Burning - Media Pitch!

How Do I Look (Art From The Heart Films, 2006) is an independent documentary, produced by selected members from the Ballroom community.
NEW YORK - July 16, 2021 - PRLog -- The release of Paris Is Burning became controversial the day it was released, because it used sensationalistic content in their marketing materials to sell movie tickets and to grab the media attention. The director Jeannie Livingston also chose to mis-portray the Ballroom community as thieves, prostitutes, and drug users over successful Ballroom members, for example, those working on Wall Street with business degrees. Livingston presented herself and her film crews as NYU students, making the Ballroom community believe that their contributions were to benefit her student project. She misrepresented herself and her intentions turned out not to be true. Naturally several successful lawsuits were filed and left the community with anger and outrage.

For decades, the stereotypes surrounding Paris Is Burning hindered the future viability for Ballroom community members to record and to document the oral and visual Ballroom history and to find commercial success in their career pursuits as dancers, choreographers, fashion designers, models, and entertainers. In addition, it also foreshadowed more commercial and community abuse and exploitation and is the reason why members from the Ballroom community feel they are living in an "Artistic Ghetto."

Ballroom historians, including How Do I Look producer Kevin Omni and director Wolfgang Busch, are releasing the attached Ballroom document via a press release, to provide historic relevant information and to adding to their mission to "set the record straight."

How Do I Look was able to surpass Paris Is Burning in credibility due to the latter's shortcomings in historic importance and cultural values. Over the years, these quotes, research, and information with historical context have been collected and are being released to the media and academics for the first time, to provide new insights about the Ballroom community with the intention to inspire the media and academics to extend their reporting.

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