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A documentary exploring identity, creativity, and community—the human part of being 'furry'.
A documentary exploring identity, creativity, and community—the human part of being 'furry'.
101 backers pledged $5,363 to help bring this project to life.

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What are Furries?

The “Furry Fandom” is the growing subculture whose participants ("furries") share an appreciation for "anthropomorphic" (humanlike) animal characters in fiction. The cast of Looney Tunes, various Disney characters, the Redwall book series, the Starfox video games, and even mascots on cereal boxes are examples of anthropomorphic characters in the world around us. 

Most furries create an original character to represent themselves as a personal avatar, and they use this “fursona” to interact with others. The level of participation varies from person to person, but common aspects include: costuming, drawing, puppeteering, animation, role-playing, and attending conventions.

Fursuiting is one of many ways individuals can participate in the furry community.
Fursuiting is one of many ways individuals can participate in the furry community.

The Documentary

FURRIES is a film that follows a group of individuals, exploring their lives both within—and outside of—the furry community. From artists to costumers, from furry newcomers to furry parents, this film looks beyond the fur to explore the essence of the fandom: its people. Placing a particular emphasis on identity development, the importance of creativity, and the impact of a strong community, FURRIES offers a humanizing perspective into an often misunderstood fandom in what ultimately strives to be the definitive documentary on the furry world.

Furries on the roof of the convention center at Anthrocon, a furry convention in Pittsburgh.
Furries on the roof of the convention center at Anthrocon, a furry convention in Pittsburgh.

Hello. My name is Eric, and I'm the director of FURRIES.

I first discovered furries in 2007. The fandom dazzled me with its artistic ability, and humbled me with it's acceptance and diversity. I was exposed to a supportive group of people, many whom went on to become my best friends.

For the past four years I've been working on this film. It's my artistic contribution to a community that has done so much for me. I see this film as educational tool...an introduction for furries and non-furries alikeI've seen far too many TV shows and news articles using furries as the butt of a joke; a group of people to point and laugh at because they're different. I've worked hard to make this documentary genuine—not defensive. This film gives us a voice to tell our story from the inside out.

I'm proud of this film. And I think you will be too.

LEFT: Director Eric Risher.    RIGHT: Cinematographer Andrew Southworth.
LEFT: Director Eric Risher. RIGHT: Cinematographer Andrew Southworth.

Our Progress

The filming is DONE! The editing is ALMOST DONE! All that remains is get the film through post production so it can look and sound as good as it possibly can! And then we can get it out to YOU!

We are proud to announce our collaboration with the band Lab Partners, who have joined the project to compose an original soundtrack.

Lab Partners
Lab Partners

We Need YOUR Help!

This is a passion project.

We have worked hard to make this film a reality because we believe in the potential of this movie. We are confident this film can go places, and we want to introduce it to film festivals and bring it to you as soon as we can. BUT...we can't go that extra mile without your support. Help us get our movie out into the world...and to you.

YOUR DONATIONS WILL HELP FUND:

  • Professional Color Correction and Online Edit
  • Professional Sound Mix
  • DVD/Blu-Ray Production
  • Submission Fees to Film Festivals
  • Promotional Materials such as Postcards and Posters

Fundraising Rewards

We have MANY exciting goodies in store...and they're yours for the taking! Help us realize our goal, and here are some of the rewards you can expect.

$10

Starting at the $10 level, we will put your name IN THE CREDITS of the film under our "Thank You" section. What better way to show your support of the film than to put your name into the movie itself! You will also receive at Paw Print Button to show off your support. Buttons measure 2.25 inches.

Paw Print Button
Paw Print Button

$25

You will receive ALL of the perks from the $10 level. In addition, you'll take home your very own DVD copy of the movie to share with your friends and family!

$50

Anyone who pledges at this level will receive all of the above, plus a "SPECIAL THANKS" in the credits of the film. You will also be given a DVD or Blu-Ray (your choice) with bonus features including deleted scenes, outtakes, and more!

You will also receive a FURRIES t-shirt!

Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large

$75

Contribute at this level and you will receive a custom-made, one-of-a-kind "filmstrip" badge featuring YOUR character. All badges measure 3" x 4" and are hand-drawn. We will reach out to you for a character description and/or reference images. Not a furry? Send us a photo of yourself, select an animal species, and let the artists do the rest!

In addition to everything listed above, you will ALSO receive a "Very Special Thanks" in the credits and a 27" x 40" poster, signed by the director!
 

Sample "filmstrip" badge
Sample "filmstrip" badge

We encourage you to support this project and share this campaign with your friends and family. This film cannot be completed without your help, and we are so close to the finish line! Help us go that extra mile. No contribution is too small . . . your support matters.

Stay Up-to-Date!

You can follow us on one of our social networks to keep up with the project and to interact with us directly. 

FACEBOOK — https://www.facebook.com/furryfilm

TWITTER — https://twitter.com/FurryFilm

Risks and challenges

Getting FURRIES out into the world is major personal goal. As I move forward with post-production, I have a clear vision of the finish line. But as with any independent film, challenges and obstacles could arise. If life throws a major, unforeseen event my way, I may have to take some time away from the film. This would delay the process, but not halt it. The film WILL be completed.

In July of this year, I will be moving from Dayton, Ohio to the San Francisco Bay Area. This could present a problem if I am still working on the film, but I'm choosing to use this as incentive to finish the film beforehand. Completing the film would literally and symbolically be the close of one chapter of my life as a filmmaker, and my life in California would be the start of another.

Should the film be delayed for any reason, it will be clearly explained in all of our social media. I will make sure our supporters have up-to-date information on the status of the film leading up to its release and beyond.

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