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‘Hustle’ Features Two Friends Fighting Racism, Video-Game Style

"These women are trying to level up in a world that's unfair by design."

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Hustle

Logline: “Hustle” is a series about two WOC best friends chasing their creative goals while battling the supervillains of racism and unequal opportunity. It’s like Scott Pilgrim meets freelance.

Elevator Pitch:

2 WOC, 1 bad system. These women are trying to level up in a world that’s unfair by design, so they think in terms of levels/achievements (shown via surreal video game sequences/sound effects). For example, if one character wants the last chair in a cafe, it’s not just a race for that chair – it’s a Mortal Kombat fight-to-the-death where she and her opponent battle and eventually – “Finish her!” – the opponent, a tall white guy with a satchel (probably named Jake), wins. “Hustle” heightens a WOC’s wins/losses in world where the odds are stacked against her.

Production Team:

Writer/Creator: Rekha Shankar
Director: Matt Strickland
Cinematographer: Jamie Li
Sound: Samantha Knowles
Editor: Rekha Shankar
Producer: Rekha Shankar

About the Film:

As a WOC, it’s hard to relate to comedies on TV. Even when they feature women, the perspective still tends to be White. There are so many unseen/untold nuances to the experience of being a WOC, whether it’s growing up in an immigrant household or getting “Namaste” messages in your OKCupid inbox everyday (true story).

Additionally, there is a surge in slacker comedy now, which I also can’t relate to. Because most POC I know can’t live this kind of “millennial slacker” life without being called “lazy.” So the idea of “Hustle” is to play up these kind of struggles.

Current Status: We are crowdfunding for the rest of the season/visual effects, and I’m in the process of editing episode 1!

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