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Filmmaking meets civil rights activism in The Tolerance Project, a documentary of counter-protests of Topeka's Westboro Baptist Church.

Filmmaking meets civil rights activism in The Tolerance Project, a documentary of counter-protests of Topeka's Westboro Baptist Church. Read More
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Adding to the team.

We're proud to announce today that award-winning journalist Daniel J. Willis will be working with The Tolerance Project, consulting with public records and analysis. Willis is a pioneering data journalist for the fifth-largest daily paper in the United States. He has won awards for several investigative projects exposing government corruption, and for his on-the-ground reporting of the Occupy Oakland protests and riots.

Daniel was the only major media representative who remained in the trenches when Occupy Oakland turned into a riot, and his later reporting highlighted the city government's response to the Occupy protests, misstep by misstep.

For The Tolerance Project, this means big things are ahead. Willis' skill with public records should allow us to uncover new information about the history of Westboro Baptist Church, and with his help we'll be able to thoroughly investigate Westboro Baptist and its deleterious effect on Topeka.

Again, we require your support to make any of this happen. For those who have already backed our project, thank you. For everyone else, even if you don't want to pre-order the DVD, contributions of $5 or $10 can add up quickly if you ask your friends to do the same. And if your financial situation doesn't allow for that, you can still help by sharing our page on Facebook and Twitter.

Together we can make a difference.


Update from Ash:

I've recorded a personal message to complement the initial video. I got some feedback that what was missing most from my initial video was my face -- I suspect many of you will have the opposite opinion now. I also want to thank Take Back Topeka for their support -- on Facebook, they're at

As far as what I've been doing for the past week and a half, the answer is research. Quite a bit more content will be coming in the near future, but for now, enjoy.

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Our first update: The journey continues!

Hello to all our friends, both old and new! I'm Kelly S. McGonigal, Ash's wife and producer for The Tolerance Project, here with our first project update.

In the first week of our Kickstarter campaign, we've gotten several backers for The Tolerance Project, and we thank you all for your support. We still have a long haul ahead of us, but we've been working hard every day to get the word out about the film. This morning, we drew the first attention from the Phelps family on Twitter, as several of them retweeted our posts promoting The Tolerance Project

We're going to have more updates in the coming days, including some fresh new video, with director Ash McGonigal discussing the project in further detail (and on camera, even!). We're also reaching out to various celebrities and members of the media, hoping to get some more coverage for The Tolerance Project

In the meantime, we'd like to offer our sincere thanks to those of you who have supported our project thus far. Please be sure to tell your friends about The Tolerance Project; we believe strongly that this film needs to be made, and we're willing to join the brave souls who stand up against WBC's hatred, but we can't do it without backing. If you'd like to follow us on Twitter, you can find me here, and Ash can be found here.

Thank you so much!

Kelly and Ash