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American Gods’ Yetide Badaki launches fundraiser for Wonderland short film

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Jun 15, 2018

American Gods star and resident FANGRRL fave Yetide Badaki is embarking on a new type of adventure, but she needs a little help to get there. The actress has written a short film, and yesterday she and her collaborators launched an IndieGoGo campaign to fund the project.

Titled Wonderland, the short film reimagines the world of Alice and the Mad Hatter, setting it in the equally strange world of the Hollywood film industry. According to the IndieGoGo page, the film seeks to “explore the duality of Hollywood magic — its enthralling quality as well as the more sinister undercurrents.”

In addition to her writing credit, Badaki will also serve as a producer on the project and star as Zodwa, the shot film’s version of Alice, an actress who works part-time at a diner. When Zodwa is called in for an exciting audition, she is thrown into a bizarre, upside-down place “where our rules don’t seem to apply.”

Joining Badaki both in front and behind the camera is Galavant’s Karen David who will also produce and star. David is taking on the role of Queen, a particularly cut-throat casting director. Award-winning director, Jessica Sherif, is set to direct, while actor Dominic Burgess takes on the role of Donald Craps, the hookah-smoking studio director.

Badaki and her team are hoping the project will offer a new, interesting look at the upsetting and often absurd power dynamics of Hollywood, commenting on subjects of gender and race. As they say on the campaign page, “We want people to leave this film recognizing the Wonderland hiding in our everyday life. This movie is our collective lucid dream. By recognizing the absurdity of the situation we can begin to enact change.”

The team is looking to raise $30,000 to fund the project, and have provided a long list of perks for supporters, ranging from a simple thank you, to personalized videos, jewelry, autographs, and even private concerts with David. As of this writing, they have raised just over $8,400.