Allen Moore and I have been working on this film for four years, as a labor of love. While we haven't been paid for any of our work on the film, now we do need to pay some other people who are helping us finish it up -- as well as cover some expenses and promotional costs.
Allen and I are making this film because we have done "men's work" ourselves and benefited from it enormously. We don't want to hide this light under a rock. We want other men to benefit the way we have. So many men experience profound breakthroughs because of men's work, but then find it challenging to explain the work to other men. The medium of film has the power to make the work real for those who are new to it.
Allen Moore is an accomplished filmmaker and cinematographer who has worked on numerous Ken Burns documentaries, including The Civil War. I recruited Allen as my partner in this project because I had the honor of working with him on a previous film (Out to Pasture: The Future of Farming?), and got to see all the heart and soul he puts into his work.
- Leo Horrigan
What is men's work?
Men's work offers men a chance to explore their inner emotional lives, in a supportive male community.
In the modern world, men often feel confusion about their identity as males. Many have rejected traditional male images that were marked by machismo or stoicism but have substituted a kind of passive approach to the world and to romantic relationships.
In attempting to be more sensitive, men have become what poet Robert Bly described as “soft males,” men who are out of touch with the positive aspects of the masculine soul, such as power that is put to positive use in the world.
To achieve real masculinity, Bly argues that men need to cultivate a fierce tenderness to be found neither in the macho/John Wayne model nor in the “interior feminine.”
Men’s work introduces men to a masculine model where they can feel comfortable with being sensitive and vulnerable, but also comfortable with expressing strength, passion and forthrightness.
There's more information on men's work here.
Risks and challenges
Our film is near completion, but we need to cover the costs of sound mixing, sound design, music soundtrack and color correction, in addition to promotional costs.
Beyond completion, our biggest hurdle will be getting the word out to as many people as possible, without a substantial promotional budget. In this regard, we will be relying both on our social networks and on word-of-mouth advertising from people who watch the film, are moved by it, and want others to experience it, too.
All the men who have participated in the Men's Wisdom Council during its 20-plus years -- and feel indebted to this community for what it's done for them -- are potential ambassadors for the film, just as they have been ambassadors for men's work over the years. For that matter, anyone who has done any kind of men's work -- and thus understands first-hand what this work is about -- will likely want to spread the word about this film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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