Women and Financially Illiteracy: A Local Documentary Filmmaker Exposes the Truth in Her New Film, $avvy

I’ve always considered myself financially savvy. Afterall, my father was an investment counselor, and supply-side economics was a frequent topic of conversation at the family dinner table. I earned an MBA and my first jobs out of b-school were in international banking and the stock market. As a young woman working in finance in the late 1980s, I was disrupting the stereotype about women and money.
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$avvy is trying to do it all on his own, with his friends’ help

Host intro: Artists who are just starting out may not have a well-defined sense of who they are, or the wherewithal to make their ideas into reality. None of that applies to $avvy, WNXP’s Nashville Artist of the Month. It was just last year that he introduced himself as a singer and rapper with his own sense of style, and he’s already creating a DIY empire, with the help of his friends. Jewly Hight takes us inside the chaotic epicenter of the action.
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No one needs to tell $avvy what not to wear

In the living room of the apartment that $avvy shares with several roommates, his bag collection hangs from a rack. Among the gear is a well-loved tote designed by a friend, and a brown leather satchel bearing the famous logo of a French luxury brand. “This was such a steal,”...

The documentary will not be televised: the low-down on $avvy’s ‘POOR TV’

What artist isn’t a multi-hyphenate these days? Pop stars are continually launching NFTs and nonprofits, writing autobiographies, taking acting roles, designing sneakers. Once they’ve achieved a certain level of visibility in music, the cross-promotional opportunities are simply there for the taking. $avvy is still very early in his...

Exclusive premiere: Where $avvy found the sounds to make his song “Go!”

When you hear a striking variety of vocal styles and tones of voice on a single track, the most likely explanation is that the music was a group effort, maybe a hook farmed out to a singer, a guest feature commissioned from a rapper, and harmonies contributed by someone else besides. $avvy has plenty of performers in his circle that he can call on for that sort of thing, a few of whom — including his predecessor and Nashville independent hip-hop pacesetter Mike Floss — appear on his upcoming album The POOR Tapes. But the markedly different singing and rapping styles on the album track “Go!,” produced by Dmndstr and premiering exclusively on WNXP, are all $avvy. To get across the idea of exasperation building up to a parting of ways, he laid down euphoric, falsetto interludes, tauntingly relaxed verses and emphatic hooks, and to help him calibrate the tone of each of those parts, he turned to the mellow, psychedelic melodicism of Tame Impala and the scrappy, punk-schooled hip-hop of the duo Paris Texas.

Playlist: $avvy is about sharing a vibe in his DJ sets

Listen to any track by middle Tennessee-based rapper, singer and songwriter $avvy, and you can tell right off that it’s not his style to strive for the precision flows or athletic runs of classic emcees or R&B showmen. He’s attuned to vibe, spooling out his verses at an unhurried, casually knowing pace and singing his hooks with a cool, slouch that conveys the quality he chose as his moniker.

Robin Heuser, Director of '$avvy' - March 16, 2022

Director of the film $avvy Robin Hauser talks about the documentary that looks into the historical, cultural, and societal norms around women and money. There will be a screening at the Santy Auditorium on Thursday.
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Parkite’s documentary gives advice to women about how to be financial ‘$avvy’

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Robin Hauser’s most recent film “$avvy,” which examines how financial culture sidelines women, originated from a personal experience. “Six years ago I got divorced, so for the first time in 24 years, I was solely responsible for my financial well-being,” Hauser said. “I began to think about how secure my future was, and began asking questions like, ‘How do I grow my money?’ ‘How do I invest?’ All those questions.”

Cash is queen: '$avvy' asks sisters to get their financial house in order (with instructions)

When it comes to money, women face great big barriers. They leave the workforce more often (and in greater numbers) to care for children and aging parents. $avvy, the first film to screen during the 2022 Denton Black Film Festival, takes on the money riddles so many women face. But filmmaker Robin Hauser makes sure the documentary points her audience in the direction of help and financial education.
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HFLA ‘$avvy’ showing, discussion Oct. 10-11

HFLA of Northeast Ohio will host a virtual screening of the 2021 documentary, “$aavy: Women. Money. Freedom.” on Oct. 10. Registered viewers will receive a link to watch the documentary in their homes throughout the day, which takes a deep dive into why many women in the United States take a backseat to their financial futures and investigates the historical, cultural and societal norms around women and money.

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Robin Hauser’s passion is making documentaries with purpose — creating cause-based films that raise awareness of pressing societal issues with the goal to educate and motivate her audience to take action. Her latest film, $avvy, is a revealing and sometimes shocking look at the cultural reasons why women are often lacking in financial awareness, and why it’s critical for women to understand and take control of their personal finances. The process of making this documentary was like no other — half-way through the production of the documentary COVID-19 restrictions hit in full force, which nearly put a halt to the film. But Hauser felt strongly that $avvy was a film that needed to be made.