Tyler the Creator and his band of rich kid weirdos - Odd Future. Complex characters sun baked and harvested under Cali skies. Dumb ass kids making brilliant ass music. Brilliant ass kids making dumb ass music for the masses. Bringing into focus generational misunderstandings. Dancing with misogyny in platinum blonde wigs. Cleansing the conscience with cathartic ruminations on death, suicide, and other dark ass shit. Obsessive dick talk aside, these anti-religous hooligans might just be the saviors of rap music, resurrecting hip hop from certain death.

                                                                                              - malika ali

Aug 19


Tyler the Creator and his band of rich kid weirdos - Odd Future. Complex characters sun baked and harvested under Cali skies. Dumb ass kids making brilliant ass music. Brilliant ass kids making dumb ass music for the masses. Bringing into focus generational misunderstandings. Dancing with misogyny in platinum blonde wigs. Cleansing the conscience with cathartic ruminations on death, suicide, and other dark ass shit. Obsessive dick talk aside, these anti-religous hooligans might just be the saviors of rap music, resurrecting hip hop from certain death.
                                                                                              - malika ali


I believe that dance came from the people and should always be delivered back to the people. - Alvin Ailey

                   photo by andrew eccles featuring jamar roberts

Dec 22

I believe that dance came from the people and should always be delivered back to the people. - Alvin Ailey


                   photo by andrew eccles featuring jamar roberts

I’m Dolling Up Femme Noire* Style for…

The Mouse Ward Cocktail Fundraiser

See You There!  This Sunday @ Six.

*pun intended :)

Nov 28
I’m Dolling Up Femme Noire* Style for…
The Mouse Ward Cocktail Fundraiser
See You There!  This Sunday @ Six.
*pun intended :)

Tilda Swinton: Muse for my 1st Novel

Sep 15
Tilda Swinton: Muse for my 1st Novel

Just a LITTLE

Sep 01

Here is a two minute scene from my feature film MOUSE WARD. We’re still in production on this one. Actually, we’re still looking for money too.  So if you know an equity, arts, or angel investor, send ‘em my way.  In the meantime, hope you enjoy. - Malika Ali

Jul 18

The Mouse Ward Stills Gallery

Apr 10

When I was a girl of thirteen, Guess jeans were the thing.  If you could afford not just one pair, but jeans in every color, then you were the shit.

I could not afford jeans in every color.  And I could not afford, as I later learned, to even wear Guess jeans at all.  I owned a pair, but that did me no good.  For I was a skinny, black girl in the hood and Guess jeans made my little bump in the back turn completely flat.

I would walk down the street thinking I was sooooo fly cause of my designers. Then some dumb kid would yell out, “Ahhh, look it - she ain’t got no assss!”

For some other girl, in some other hood, having no ass would have been a glorious thing.  But comin’ from where I’m from, wide hips and a big ass are golden.  And Guess jeans, with their then droopy rear design, stripped me of my mine.

Why the reminisce over jeans and adolescent bodies? 

I just watched An Education and it pissed me the fuck off.  I’m tired of sitting through two hours of the same stories told through the new dumb blonde or the latest brilliant brunette. 

I wanna see some wide hips, big asses, and dark skin en masse.  And not gyrating to a silly rap video either.  I just want them to be, as they are, in all of their glory and all of their mess. And I want brown women around the world to know that their golden experiences are worthy of the silver screen.

Why is this so hard to make happen?

Dec 13

Directing a movie is a very overrated job we all know it.  You just have to say ‘yes’ and ‘no’.  What else do you do? Nothing.  Maestro should this be red?  ‘Yes.’ Green? ‘No.’  More extras? ‘Yes.’  More lipstick? ‘No.’  Yes - No - Yes - No - That’s Directing!  - Lilli of the movie NINE played by Judi Dench

I’d like to take a moment to give credit where credit is due.  See below for the list of grand divas and boy wonders who helped to make the Mouse Ward Teaser possible.  Yep, it’s true it took all these mutha-luvas to make a one minute fifty two second teaser.  Filmmaking is teamwork!

Ayser Salman - Teaser Editor

Brian Ali Harding - Producer/Teaser Titles

Meena Singh - Cinematographer

Geoff Green - Audio Mixer

Claudio Sembo - Groundwork Titles

Conisha Wade - Co-Producer

Kelly Rubin - Co-Producer

Tashara McCain - Associate Producer/Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Katie Goldschmidt - Gaffer/AC

Samantha Smart - 1st AC

Che Roberts - Production Coordinator

Steven Jackson - 2nd AD/Production Coordinator

Allison Brannon - Script Supervisor/Production Coordinator

Rukmai Bachal - Starting Line Producer

Chelsea Stimple - Wardrobe Dept./Patient Chelsea

Kiyoko Wakabayashi - Wardrobe Dept.

Soraya Kabbaj - Wardrobe Dept.

A. Tad Chamberlain - Sound Recordist/Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Mark & Julie Nichols - Sound Recordists

Jill Cuarto - Make-Up Artist & Consultant

Erin Smith - Hair Stylist & Consultant

Kevin Gaumond - Casting Assistant

Ray Katz - Casting Assistant

Alisha Landers - Casting Assistant

Shilpa Sahi - Consulting Editor

Gianni Vollucci - Production Asst./Patient Gianni

Jeanine Espinoza - Production Asst.

Eric Anderson - Art Dept. Consultant

Alexander Rose - Productions Asst.

Marcus de la Fuente - DIT

Jeff Peterman - Production Asst.

Wesley Brown - Production Assistant

Lauren Hamrick - Mouse Kaminski

Jack Davis - Kyle Kaminski

Marcus Scribner - Dylan Kaminski

Bonita Brisker - Carol Kaminski

Leah Lyons - Wendy

Barnaby Barilla - Jerrell

Kyoko Okazaki - Kaz

Morgan Rosen - Nurse Lea

Debbie Hurson - Nurse Patty

Joshua Kwak - Nurse Joshua

Hykef Herndon - Security Guard

Arthur A. Richardson - Jerrell’s Dad

Chon Lee - Brother-Boyfriend

Chizuru Kurata - Patient Chizuru

Brittany Sinkler - Nurse Brittany

Alan Ehrlich - Doctor Alan

Ebony Perry - Patient Ebony

Alexander Hufschmid - Patient Alex/Camera PA

Robin Melendez - Patient Robin

Laura Meadows - Mama Laura

Diane Goss & Thair Mapp - Indiegogo Campaign Donors

Richard Harding - Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Aaron Leichter - Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Paul Santagada - Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Susan Dunaway - Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Layal Mashevu - Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Jason Dunn - Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Kongit Farrell - Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Jermaine Goss - Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Andre Shear - Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Frank Lawson - Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Kia Glover - Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Tamara Skirboll - Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Ada & Stanford Davis - Indiegogo Campaign Donors

Marilyn Davis - Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Frederick Schroeder - Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Film Independent, Marymount College, The American Film Institute - Casting Rooms & Location

Dec 03


Tyler the Creator and his band of rich kid weirdos - Odd Future. Complex characters sun baked and harvested under Cali skies. Dumb ass kids making brilliant ass music. Brilliant ass kids making dumb ass music for the masses. Bringing into focus generational misunderstandings. Dancing with misogyny in platinum blonde wigs. Cleansing the conscience with cathartic ruminations on death, suicide, and other dark ass shit. Obsessive dick talk aside, these anti-religous hooligans might just be the saviors of rap music, resurrecting hip hop from certain death.
                                                                                              - malika ali


Tyler the Creator and his band of rich kid weirdos - Odd Future. Complex characters sun baked and harvested under Cali skies. Dumb ass kids making brilliant ass music. Brilliant ass kids making dumb ass music for the masses. Bringing into focus generational misunderstandings. Dancing with misogyny in platinum blonde wigs. Cleansing the conscience with cathartic ruminations on death, suicide, and other dark ass shit. Obsessive dick talk aside, these anti-religous hooligans might just be the saviors of rap music, resurrecting hip hop from certain death.
                                                                                              - malika ali

Tyler the Creator and his band of rich kid weirdos - Odd Future. Complex characters sun baked and harvested under Cali skies. Dumb ass kids making brilliant ass music. Brilliant ass kids making dumb ass music for the masses. Bringing into focus generational misunderstandings. Dancing with misogyny in platinum blonde wigs. Cleansing the conscience with cathartic ruminations on death, suicide, and other dark ass shit. Obsessive dick talk aside, these anti-religous hooligans might just be the saviors of rap music, resurrecting hip hop from certain death.

                                                                                              - malika ali

35mm Girl Reconstructed

Posted on Thursday December 22nd 2011 at 02:44pm. Its tags are listed below.


I believe that dance came from the people and should always be delivered back to the people. - Alvin Ailey


                   photo by andrew eccles featuring jamar roberts

I believe that dance came from the people and should always be delivered back to the people. - Alvin Ailey


                   photo by andrew eccles featuring jamar roberts


I believe that dance came from the people and should always be delivered back to the people. - Alvin Ailey

                   photo by andrew eccles featuring jamar roberts

I’m Dolling Up Femme Noire* Style for…
The Mouse Ward Cocktail Fundraiser
See You There!  This Sunday @ Six.
*pun intended :)
I’m Dolling Up Femme Noire* Style for…
The Mouse Ward Cocktail Fundraiser
See You There!  This Sunday @ Six.
*pun intended :)

I’m Dolling Up Femme Noire* Style for…

The Mouse Ward Cocktail Fundraiser

See You There!  This Sunday @ Six.

*pun intended :)

You are Invited

The Mouse Ward Cocktail Fundraiser

Give your characters distinct scents.
Janet Finch

35mm Girl Reconstructed

Posted on Thursday September 15th 2011 at 06:06pm. Its tags are listed below.

Tilda Swinton: Muse for my 1st Novel
Tilda Swinton: Muse for my 1st Novel

Tilda Swinton: Muse for my 1st Novel

Here is a two minute scene from my feature film MOUSE WARD. We’re still in production on this one. Actually, we’re still looking for money too.  So if you know an equity, arts, or angel investor, send ‘em my way.  In the meantime, hope you enjoy. - Malika Ali

35mm Girl Reconstructed

Posted on Sunday April 10th 2011 at 02:20pm. Its tags are listed below.

The Mouse Ward Stills Gallery

Media-crity: the practice of dumbing down to satisfy the masses. Often disguised as accessibility, media-crity inhibits the artist from fulfilling her highest purpose; to uplift, inspire, make better, move higher. Media-crity is the death of pure art.

Colored Jeans

When I was a girl of thirteen, Guess jeans were the thing.  If you could afford not just one pair, but jeans in every color, then you were the shit.

I could not afford jeans in every color.  And I could not afford, as I later learned, to even wear Guess jeans at all.  I owned a pair, but that did me no good.  For I was a skinny, black girl in the hood and Guess jeans made my little bump in the back turn completely flat.

I would walk down the street thinking I was sooooo fly cause of my designers. Then some dumb kid would yell out, “Ahhh, look it - she ain’t got no assss!”

For some other girl, in some other hood, having no ass would have been a glorious thing.  But comin’ from where I’m from, wide hips and a big ass are golden.  And Guess jeans, with their then droopy rear design, stripped me of my mine.

Why the reminisce over jeans and adolescent bodies? 

I just watched An Education and it pissed me the fuck off.  I’m tired of sitting through two hours of the same stories told through the new dumb blonde or the latest brilliant brunette. 

I wanna see some wide hips, big asses, and dark skin en masse.  And not gyrating to a silly rap video either.  I just want them to be, as they are, in all of their glory and all of their mess. And I want brown women around the world to know that their golden experiences are worthy of the silver screen.

Why is this so hard to make happen?

Directing a movie is a very overrated job we all know it.  You just have to say ‘yes’ and ‘no’.  What else do you do? Nothing.  Maestro should this be red?  ‘Yes.’ Green? ‘No.’  More extras? ‘Yes.’  More lipstick? ‘No.’  Yes - No - Yes - No - That’s Directing!  - Lilli of the movie NINE played by Judi Dench

I’d like to take a moment to give credit where credit is due.  See below for the list of grand divas and boy wonders who helped to make the Mouse Ward Teaser possible.  Yep, it’s true it took all these mutha-luvas to make a one minute fifty two second teaser.  Filmmaking is teamwork!

Ayser Salman - Teaser Editor

Brian Ali Harding - Producer/Teaser Titles

Meena Singh - Cinematographer

Geoff Green - Audio Mixer

Claudio Sembo - Groundwork Titles

Conisha Wade - Co-Producer

Kelly Rubin - Co-Producer

Tashara McCain - Associate Producer/Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Katie Goldschmidt - Gaffer/AC

Samantha Smart - 1st AC

Che Roberts - Production Coordinator

Steven Jackson - 2nd AD/Production Coordinator

Allison Brannon - Script Supervisor/Production Coordinator

Rukmai Bachal - Starting Line Producer

Chelsea Stimple - Wardrobe Dept./Patient Chelsea

Kiyoko Wakabayashi - Wardrobe Dept.

Soraya Kabbaj - Wardrobe Dept.

A. Tad Chamberlain - Sound Recordist/Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Mark & Julie Nichols - Sound Recordists

Jill Cuarto - Make-Up Artist & Consultant

Erin Smith - Hair Stylist & Consultant

Kevin Gaumond - Casting Assistant

Ray Katz - Casting Assistant

Alisha Landers - Casting Assistant

Shilpa Sahi - Consulting Editor

Gianni Vollucci - Production Asst./Patient Gianni

Jeanine Espinoza - Production Asst.

Eric Anderson - Art Dept. Consultant

Alexander Rose - Productions Asst.

Marcus de la Fuente - DIT

Jeff Peterman - Production Asst.

Wesley Brown - Production Assistant

Lauren Hamrick - Mouse Kaminski

Jack Davis - Kyle Kaminski

Marcus Scribner - Dylan Kaminski

Bonita Brisker - Carol Kaminski

Leah Lyons - Wendy

Barnaby Barilla - Jerrell

Kyoko Okazaki - Kaz

Morgan Rosen - Nurse Lea

Debbie Hurson - Nurse Patty

Joshua Kwak - Nurse Joshua

Hykef Herndon - Security Guard

Arthur A. Richardson - Jerrell’s Dad

Chon Lee - Brother-Boyfriend

Chizuru Kurata - Patient Chizuru

Brittany Sinkler - Nurse Brittany

Alan Ehrlich - Doctor Alan

Ebony Perry - Patient Ebony

Alexander Hufschmid - Patient Alex/Camera PA

Robin Melendez - Patient Robin

Laura Meadows - Mama Laura

Diane Goss & Thair Mapp - Indiegogo Campaign Donors

Richard Harding - Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Aaron Leichter - Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Paul Santagada - Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Susan Dunaway - Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Layal Mashevu - Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Jason Dunn - Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Kongit Farrell - Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Jermaine Goss - Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Andre Shear - Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Frank Lawson - Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Kia Glover - Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Tamara Skirboll - Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Ada & Stanford Davis - Indiegogo Campaign Donors

Marilyn Davis - Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Frederick Schroeder - Indiegogo Campaign Donor

Film Independent, Marymount College, The American Film Institute - Casting Rooms & Location