After spending years on making and saving Maija's first film, Bitter Jester, Maija and Heather started Hollywood Outlaws. In the last six years, they have made the feature film The Hollywood Outlaw Movie, run a 24/7 internet comedy radio station (from a green screened living room), and launched an ITV network (in their downtown L.A. studio), which produced hours of fresh and diverse comedy content each week.
Both Maija and Heather contributed for different shows as creator, director, executive producer, and actor. Maija also took on the editing while Heather took on the set and costume design. Two of these shows led to the creation of FAMIKA VS. THE TEA PARTY.”
Maija and Heather would like Hollywood Outlaws to have close ties with the community and are working to develop an outreach program for children. They have also been able to work closely with the Hollywood branch of the NAACP, filming various events for them, including the NAACP Theatre Awards at the Director's Guild. Maija spoke at NAACP events at several Universities regarding standing your ground and embracing diversity.
HOLLYWOOD OUTLAWS’ ARTIST REVOLUTION
DARE TO BE DIFFERENT
WHO ARE THE HOLLYWOOD OUTLAWS?
Hollywood Outlaws are artists with something to say. Standing strong in our individuality, we are willing to take a chance and create work that is unique and not always in line with the corporate committees of Hollywood. We are artists who stay true to ourselves while still discovering an avenue of global and social relativity. We strive to connect with the rest of humanity. We are a community of comedians, filmmakers, musicians, photographers, painters, actors, dancers, singers, sculptors, d.j's, poets, writers…and art is our platform for expressing our messages and inspiring and influencing others to make the changes they want to see in themselves and the world.
DARE TO BE DIFFERENT
...Because we are individuals
Because we cannot be defined by just one word or fit cleanly into just one category. Because we are more than statistics and dollar amounts. Because art and entertainment are very rarely synonymous. Because the artist must live hand to mouth while the machine is overfed. Because we should not revel in the exploitation of a person’s weakest moments under the false pretense of entertainment. Because we are each outlaws in our own right if given the place to explore. Because if we choose to cultivate and perpetuate the best of the human spirit and the individuality of each of us, then we may have a chance.
In his individuality is where an artist finds his art, his inspiration for creation that is unique and cannot truly be imitated. In this individuality is where he connects with his audience. Through art, the non-artist can find his connection to the rest of the world.
This artist revolution is not one of hate, anger, or rebellion. It is a revolution to allow those who live for something that cannot be defined, to have a platform to share it. It is a revolution to revive what has been destroyed by an industry that seems to be controlled by corporate greed. It is a revolution for the individual to exist and thrive as such.