What would you do if your own body became your worst
Meet Dominic Hoey a.k.a. Tourettes.
Outspoken political views, a dark sense of humour and
in-your-face tattoos mean that he tends to polarize people. He has
never shied away from confrontation in his music, his writing or
his live performances but since being diagnosed with the
degenerative bone disease Ankylosing Spondylitis (A.S.) he now
faces a daily battle with his own muscles and joints that cause
near constant pain.
There is no cure for this condition. In one sense Dom is
ultimately fighting a #Losing battle. To combat
the symptoms of A.S. the hard-partying hip-hop punk is now living a
vegan lifestyle with yoga and meditation.
Our film is about the effect A.S. has had on Dom's identity and
practice as an artist. A.S. has stripped Dom of the physicality of
his performances so he has swapped stage swagger for a typewriter.
Now this born performer only has his words to connect with and hold
an audience. Are they enough?
#Losing has been selected by the Loading
Docs Initiative, an incredible launch pad for NZ filmmakers.
Because they wanted to see this film get made too, Loading Docs,
along with principal partner NZ on Air, the New Zealand Film
Commision, and Te Mangai Paho, have started us out with an awesome
$2,000 dollars and support for Post Production. What's more they
will also match your Boosted donations dollar for dollar up to
Additionally, we're excited to have the good people at Fee
Langstone onboard as Match Donors as well, thanks Fee
So think of it this way: every dollar you give is worth
However, we don't get any of that money unless we can reach our
Boosted campaign goal so we need your help.
Your sponsorship will go towards outfitting a talented crew with
quality cameras, lenses, microphones and everything else they'll
need to help us make Dom's story leap off the screen, we also plan
to film a live event that you'll hopefully be able to attend!
We want to make #Losing something special that
can shine a light on a situation many people suffer in silence and
show that coping with something life threatening can be positively
Stjohn, Damian & James.
Who we are…
Stjohn Milgrew - Co Director
A Multimedia artist, Photographer and Filmmaker, who has been
documenting New Zealand music and its Hip-Hop culture for over two
Golfinopoulos - Co Director
An editor, writer, director who has worked in news and
investigative journalism for the past five years. Director of 12
well received music videos and a Vimeo staff picked short
James Kerr - Producer
Promo Producer, Technical Director and Editor in broadcast
6 MONTHS AGO
Well it's be quite a week for the #Losing team.
Ya can't be sure how something like this will go but we new we knew cool people who would support a project like this that we really cared about making properly.
But we didn't expect to hit the target in a day.
Thank you very much to everyone who has donated, it truly means a whole lot to us.
It's a huge vote of confidence in the whole #Losing project that's made us reconsider what we can achieve. To put it bluntly all our Plan Bs are out the window, it's all Plan As from here on in.
We still have weeks of crowd funding to go and we would be fools not to go for it and set ourselves up to make this film as good as we can and obviously every dollar donated directly helps to make that happen.
So we're going for 5 Grand.
We will use that money to expand the scale and scope of the film and ultimately make #Losing the film you are proud to support.
Specifically: We will be able to expand some of our intended set pieces, especially a live event we are planning to film and we can afford to pay for a composer we've been crossing our fingers to work with. No one will get rich off #Losing but Boosted support puts us in a position to make sure passionate and talented people won't be out of pocket for bringing their skills to the film.
A big shout out to the good people at Fee Langstone.
Thanks for helping make #Losing a winner!
And to those have already donated: we know you know cool and interesting people who might be keen to help out a project like #Losing. We'd really appreciate it you would pass on the word. It's kinda like donating twice.
Stjohn, Damian and James.