Both documentary film and activism, Faith Forward illustrates the moral right of the religious left in the fight for marriage equality.
WHAT IS FAITH FORWARD?
Faith Forward MN is part video documentary, part activism. On the project Web site, you'll meet Minnesotans across the spectrum of religious faiths making the biblical case supporting same-sex marriage. These videos—a mix of sermons, rallies, panel discussions and personal interviews—illustrate the moral right of the religious left.
My hope is that people will share these videos in the run-up to the November 2012 election, when Minnesotans and voters in four other states will have the chance to defeat measures that would constitutionally ban same-sex marriage.
WHY THIS PROJECT IS IMPORTANT
Through AM radio, Sunday morning cable TV and mainstream media, the religious right has owned the conversation about gay marriage. Faith Forward counters the prevailing narrative that conservatives define and monopolize so-called family values.
Today, progressive faith leaders are banding together to help people understand how religious texts and histories support same-sex relationships. Through Faith Forward, I'm gathering video at sermons, rallies and panel discussions and interviewing priests, rabbis, scholars and other devout progressives.
As a collective religious calling, progressive faith leaders are fighting Republican anti-marriage measures that would prevent loving same-sex couples from ever legally marrying. They point to scripture and say YES to committed couples of all stripes.
Thirty other states have already branded discrimination against same-sex couples into their constitutions, and Minnesota is one of five states (also Maryland, North Carolina, Maine and Washington) fighting against this from happening in November. Now is the time to make history by standing up for our families, neighbors, friends, maybe even yourselves.
HOW YOU CAN USE FAITH FORWARD
On the project Web site, you’ll find people illustrating the progressive, inclusive, hopeful side of faith. My hope is that people will share these videos—that they’ll send these expressions of faith forward—and bring them into conversations around this issue.
Are you close to people who aren’t sure how to think about same-sex relationships? Do you know of people who oppose same-sex relationships on religious grounds? The videos at Faith Forward Minnesota are your ammunition.
WHO IS PRODUCING FAITH FORWARD?
I’m Matt Peiken, a longtime journalist in the Twin Cities. I’m a straight Jewish atheist, but I'm driven to make a difference in defeating the anti-marriage amendment in Minnesota. I see real power in this realm of "advocacy journalism."
WHY YOU SHOULD SUPPORT THIS KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN
Your investment in Faith Forward will help me amplify more voices from the left and counter the prevailing narrative that conservatives hold a monopoly on so-called “family” values.
With your support, I'll spend the summer outside the core Twin Cities, interviewing faith leaders and other devout progressives all over Minnesota. It's important that voters in rural Minnesota see their friends and neighbors talking about their faith and support for same-sex couples. Winning these voters will make all the difference in this election.
Check out the great rewards I have for you—from awesome T-shirts to a limited-edition letterpress poster from Minneapolis artist/designer Todd Thyberg.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Thank you for your support! Your name or organization of your choice will appear as a supporter on the Faith Forward MN website (unless you prefer to remain anonymous).Estimated delivery:
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Your name on the big screen! We’ll thank you in the film credits of the long-form documentary and on our website.Estimated delivery:
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Meet the most cutting-edge visual, performing and literary artists in the Twin Cities in this exclusive, 2-DVD collection of 3-Minute Egg videos. This set of HD videos is only available to backers of this project. You also receive the above "thank you" credits.Estimated delivery:
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A DVD of the eventual long-form Faith Forward documentary, with tons of video extras, including every original video on the Faith Forward web site and some longer, uncut interviews — all in HD! You'll also receive "thank yous" online and on the big screen.Estimated delivery:
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"Marriage is so GAY" — Wear your support for this project and for same-sex marriage with stylish T-shirts created exclusively for this project. Wear it all summer and do your part to influence the vote! Available sizes S, M, L and 2XL. You also receive the above "thank you" credits.Estimated delivery:
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The "Marriage is so GAY" T-shirt AND a DVD of the eventual Faith Forward documentary, along with online and on-screen "thank yous."Estimated delivery:
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A numbered, limited-edition, letterpress poster created for this project by Todd Thyberg of Angel Bomb Design. You'll want one of these. You'll also receive the "thank you" credits above.Estimated delivery:
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A limited-edition letterpress poster created by Todd Thyberg for this project AND a DVD of the finished documentary (These are $125 separately). You'll get the poster in October and the DVD next spring.Estimated delivery:
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Producer Matt Peiken will spend one hour at your school, business, party or any other gathering to present video highlights from about the project, deliver behind-the-scenes insights into the larger campaign to defeat the anti-marriage amendment and lead a broader discussion of faith and same-sex relationships. Backers at this level will also receive a DVD of the eventual long-form documentary, along with "thank yous" online and on the big screen. NOTE: You must reside within 50 miles of the Twin Cites to take advantage of this reward.Estimated delivery:
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Tell your story on video and become part of Faith Forward. Matt Peiken will interview you on camera about how your faith experience informs your support for same-sex marriage. Matt will edit your interview for immediate play online and weave portions of it into the "extras" that will accompany the DVD. You'll also receive "thank yous" online and on the big screen. NOTE: You must reside within 50 miles of the Twin Cites to take advantage of this reward or make your own arrangements to come into the Twin Cities for the taping.Estimated delivery:
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I'll produce a video for you! This includes up to 90 minutes of my time in one on-location video shoot, along with all the editing required to produce a video running up to 4 minutes. NOTE: You must reside within 50 miles of the Twin Cities to take advantage of this reward.Estimated delivery:
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You get me for an entire, 8-hour workday of video production, plus up to 8 hours of editing. I'll work on something new or add to something you've started. NOTE: travel expenses are extra outside a 50-mile radius of the Twin Cities.Estimated delivery:
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