As we watched the results of the US election come in in the early hours of the morning from Berlin, a slow panic set in. When it was announced that Donald Trump was officially the president-elect, the numbness came.
When we awoke just a few hours later, our first thought was, we need to cancel the campaign. Even a project supporting and portraying artists of color, women, the LGBTQ community, and one that highlights various current crises - a word that now almost seems too weak to compare last night’s tragedy - seems meaningless in the face of what has happened. Toni Morrison said, “This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence. No room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.” And while we do believe that our films will become part of the social fabric that will eventually lead to a better, more compassionate, more educated society, it also feels utterly ludicrous to be self-promoting and asking people to donate to an art-house trilogy. So we decided it would be best to suspend the campaign.
Fast-forward to a few hours later, and we’re suddenly defiant. We can’t just stop everything we’ve been doing, stop creating the work we love because a racist, bigoted, sexist, hatemonger just became president-elect of the United States. Not only because we need the money to finish these films and we need to reshoot this winter, or we will have to wait another whole year to do so; but also because that would be letting hate and fear take control of our lives. And that’s not something we believe in doing.
So yes, we fully recognize the triteness of our needing to finish these films in light of Donald Trump being elected. And yes, we understand that people have much bigger things on their minds right now, than supporting a Kickstarter campaign. But we’re asking you anyway to please donate just a little of your time and a little of your money to helping us make these films, which are filled with a myriad of characters and themes that explore and defy the sad events plaguing our times.
We have 98 wonderful backers, but things have slowed down in the last few days and we need to regain momentum. We were selected today by Indiewire as ‘Project of the Day,’ and are featured on their front page. You can have a look here:
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Our next live stream event will be on Friday and will feature some of our dancers, who will introduce you to and show you how to do their stretching routine. A great way to de-stress after this crazy week. We will send out details with the exact time tomorrow. Please tune in!
Thank you. Our thoughts are with our friends in the US during these hard times. <