About this project
[Video directed by Bradley Watson // Edited by Max Arnzen]
WHAT SAMT SENIT IS
SAMT SENIT is a zine by and about the Millennial generation. We seek to answer the question, "What will the future look like?" We will publish journalistic and literary journalistic articles by Millennials about politics, education, the internet, social media, family, religion, spirituality, gender, sexuality, and more.
WHO WE ARE
SAMT SENIT editors Shelby Chikazawa and Astoria Jellett are two undergraduate writing students who strive to create something bigger than themselves. They seek to define what seems undefinable. They want to discover what the millennial generation has to offer. They plan to pioneer the ideas that will determine the future. They are two curious writers with opposing opinions and burning questions that beg for answers.
WHAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR
We have completed the content for the first issue, with more waiting in the wings for the website as well as future issues. We have three dedicated musketeers and a broader team of 20+ creatives who have contributed invaluable time, passion, and ideas. All we need now is the funds to bring it all to you.
WHAT ELSE WE PLAN TO DO
In January 2013 we want to hold a show at Desotorow Gallery, Savannah's only nonprofit gallery, in conjunction with our launch party. We hope to make enough money from the sale of the zine and other merchandise, as well as this Kickstarter, to continue contributing to our local art community in Savannah, Ga. We will also maintain a website with staff and guest writers and artists who will draft and design the future.
MILLENNIALS: THE NEW CIVIC GENERATION
Our ability to collaborate through new media is what's going to help the human race thrive in defiance of all that has so far divided us. We need to implement a strategy of free education, creative collaboration, and open conversation across all boundaries - everything that divides us must fall. We need a new civic generation to stand up and redefine what it means to be human.That's what SAMT SENIT ultimately strives for.
Being a Millennial isn't limited to being born between 1982 and 2003; it means sharing the belief, not merely the hope, that a better world is possible, and an uncompromising determination to make that world a reality.
WHAT YOU'RE FUNDING
The money you donate will help us print the first issue, rent Desotorow Gallery for a week, rent the space for the launch party (the Starland Dairy across the street from Desotorow), and pay for the merchandise (the rewards we're giving you).
Risks and challenges
Since we started SAMT SENIT in April 2012, we have already learned a lot about creating a magazine. The worst problem has been finding reliable writers, especially at the college level. Thankfully we now know how to be tough with our friends and colleagues, rigid about deadlines, and uncompromising in our values. We have begun to build a small but strong team of passionate writers, artists, and other creatives whom we can count on to make our vision a reality.
The fact is, this is happening. We have been working on SAMT SENIT for nine months and it is not going away. Maybe we won't be able to afford a gallery show or a launch party and maybe we won't break even, but with your support we will at least get going. The rest will unfold with the future.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We derived the name SAMT SENIT from the word zenith, taken from the Arabic expression "samt ar-ras'," which means "direction of the head" or "path above the head." Over years of translation, it was reduced to "samt" ("direction") and miswritten as "senit." SAMT SENIT is the combination of correct and incorrect direction, an apt description for any generation in its youth.
Just what you think it is! A zine is a smaller version of a magazine. They're typically produced via photocopier and consequently are all black-and-white, with a smaller circulation, and produce no profit. SAMT SENIT will be black-and-white though hopefully with color covers, if we're lucky enough to get the funds!
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