The documentary searches for the truth behind the Vaccine Against Religious Fundamentalism. Is it just a hoax or could it be real?
The idea of a vaccine against religious fundamentalism is almost laughable. It sounds ridiculous, right? Almost like a plot line from an old Kids in the Hall movie or a hoax article published in the Onion or even a skit on Saturday Night Live. But it might not be as far fetched as you think. According to a conspiracy theory circulating through the Internet, the US Government started a program in 2005 that created a vaccine to “cure” religious fundamentalism. They called this program FunVax. The FunVax program was designed to end the stalemate in Iraq. The pentagon needed something, anything, to give them an edge in the war. A vaccine that targets Islamic extremists and eliminates their desire to believe in God would be the miracle that the pentagon desperately needed. Hence, FunVax was born.
This vaccine would target the 'God Gene,' discovered by NIH scientist Dean Hamer in 2004. Hamer showed that this gene predisposes people to a higher level of spirituality. The objective of the FunVax vaccine was to genetically modify the behavior of Islamic extremists so that they would be less inclined to fight a jihad in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The release of the Pentagon lecture on Youtube created an uproar, but some skeptics claim that the video is fake.
This film searches for the truth.
Why Are We Raising Funds?
So far the film has been funded by a private investor, friends, and family. The total budget of the film is projected to be $70,000 which leaves us about 10K short. Right now, we have completed a rough version of the film, but are still missing some editing/post-production work and need to do a key interview.
Why Is This Film Important?
This film is about more than just a conspiracy. It explores the challenges of the modern world: a world divided between East and West, between Muslims and Christians. Just a couple of months ago, violent protests erupted in over 30 U.S. embassies around the world in reaction to an anti-Islamic film. Once again the world became acutely aware of the religious tension between Islam and Christianity. Mass involuntary inoculations to genetically alter a group's behavior is extremist in itself, but we are living in a world where this is scientifically possible, making this film and the discussions it presents all the more important.
How it works
Kickstarter is all or nothing. We must reach our goal of $10,000 in order to receive any of the pledges, which means your credit card will not be charged for the amount you specify unless we reach our goal by December 18th. If you have problems with the payment system here, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll figure out an alternative payment method.
How you can help!
By backing our project, you will be instrumental in helping us make this film! But just as important as donating to the project is spreading the word so that others can have the opportunity to donate or pre-order the film.
Please help by telling your friends about this Kickstarter project or by making connections through Facebook and Twitter.
FunVax Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/FunVaxTheDocumentary
More On The Rewards
FunVax T-Shirt - You get a choice to express yourself! Do you have a religious brain or a non-religious brain? Tell us which kind of brain you would like and we'll send one right over! These t-shirts come in all sizes and you can also choose between a tight fitting style for ladies or a mens shirt. You know you want one - get it here now because this is your last chance! After the campaign is finished, an email will be sent out and you will be able to respond with your preferences for size and the kind of shirt you want (religious or non-religious).
Circulation DVD - Get Ryan Harper's last film, Circulation, a moody road trip into a bizarre purgatory where the dead start to develop animal instincts. The film explores a world where humans and animals intertwine as one. It's been reviewed as "genuinely original" by Pulp Movies, "very bizzare yet extremely original" by Killer Reviews, "admirable and ambitious" by Cinema Crazed. Check it out and see for yourself!
FunVax Hat - This is an adjustable-fitting trucker-style hat with the FunVax logo printed on the front. These are only going to be printed once, so get one while you still can!
Thanks for considering our project!
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The film is 80% finished and although there are many challenges behind us, there are some that we still need to overcome. Securing the stock footage that we have already put in the film is going to be a major challenge requiring a good amount of time and significant money. If we are unable to secure the stock footage that we are currently using in the film (because of the owner not willing to participate), we will need to search for other options. Also, we have an important interview that we would like to do and if we can secure the extra funding we can afford to do that interview but the subject still needs some convincing to participate in the film. If that interview doesn't take place we have a backup interviewee that is willing to participate. Even with these obstacles, I am confident that we can overcome any challenges and produce a great film.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on December 18, 2012.
Nov 26, 2012 - Dec 18, 2012
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SHOUT OUT - Thanking you on Facebook for your Donation.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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GET A DVD COPY OF FUNVAX. The DVD will ship three days before shipping to the general public ensuring that you get one of the first copies of the film.Estimated delivery: Jul 2013Add $10 to ship outside the US
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MP4 HIGH DEFINITION DOWNLOAD OF FUNVAX. This should be able to play on most HD TV's by plugging in a thumb drive.Estimated delivery: Jul 2013
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FUNVAX T-SHIRT PLUS HD DOWNLOAD For the T-Shirt you will be able to choose if you want a religious brain or non-religious brain - see photos below. You can also choose to have a DVD instead of the HD download if you prefer.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Add $15 to ship outside the US
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HD DOWNLOAD (OR DVD) OF FUNVAX, FUNVAX T-SHIRT AND A COPY OF RYAN HARPER"S LAST FILM, CIRCULATION, PLUS THE SOUNDTRACKS TO BOTH CIRCULATION AND FUNVAX. The soundtrack to Circulation has never been available to the public, this is your first and maybe last chance to access to the amazing music from the film.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Add $15 to ship outside the US
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A 24x36" FUNVAX MOVIE POSTER. Plus all the other stuff - the HD download (or DVD), a FunVax T-shirt and a copy of Circulation and the two soundtracks.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Ships within the US only
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FUNVAX BASEBALL HAT, plus: - The FunVax HD download (or DVD) - A FunVax t-shirt - A FunVax movie poster - A copy of Circulation - Sountracks to Circulation and FunVaxEstimated delivery: Feb 2013Ships within the US only
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4 TICKETS TO FESTIVAL SCREENING OF FUNVAX - plus all the stuff above. Travel, hotel and food costs are not covered.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Ships within the US only
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BE AN EXTRA!!! If you donate $700 you will get all of the above, plus you will have an opportunity to be an extra in Ryan Harper's next non-documentary film. Travel, Hotel not included. Food while on set is included.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
Pledge $1,000 or more
SPECIAL THANKS CREDIT ON IMDB AND AT THE END OF THE FILM. Plus all the other rewards listed above.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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COLLABORATION OPPORTUNITY WITH RYAN HARPER. Are you working on a book or film yourself? Do you have a creative project in mind that you want to get off the ground or need feedback on? Ryan Harper will dedicate 5 days (8 hours per day) and help get your project started or give you creative input. Plus you get all the other rewards listed above.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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BE AN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF A FUTURE FILM. If you're interested in funding and producing films, we have some great projects in the pipeline that are ready to go. Also, if you have an idea that you want turned into a film, we can make that happen.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013