About the Film
The Draft and the Vietnam Generation will be a 60-minute video documentary that features men from diverse backgrounds who opposed the Vietnam War and defied the draft.
The draft forced young men to ask themselves if they were willing to kill and die in a war half way around the world.
If you were unwilling to fight in what you felt was an unjust war, you had to decide what to do. Should you fake a medical illness, go to college, flee the country for Canada, or challenge the draft by going to prison?
Many simply refused to go. An estimated 570,000 young men openly violated the draft laws and 3,250 were imprisoned for such violations. Anger over the draft helped fuel one of America’s most vibrant anti-war movements that helped end the Vietnam War.
For those of us who lived through the Vietnam War the draft was not an abstract public policy; it affected our families and communities.
The decisions those young men made about the draft raise relevant questions for today. What is a just war? Do you have a duty to serve your country? What is your duty to oppose your own government, when it is conducting an illegal and immoral war?
Today we fight our wars very differently. Less than 1% of eligible Americans fight in our foreign wars, in part due to the fact there is no draft, nor will there be one anytime soon-- a legacy of the resistance to the Vietnam war.
I want to make The Draft and the Vietnam Generation to show this critical period of American history through the eyes of young people who rejected war and became a force to be reckoned with.
My hope is that this documentary will spark a new conversation about our pro-war policies and inspire a new generation of peace activists. For more information and updates about this documentary, please visit www.thedraftproject.com
Why this Kickstarter campaign?There is an urgency to this documentary now. The youth of the 1960s are now in their 60’s. Realizing they won’t be around forever, I’ve started shooting interviews.
The success of this plan depends on attracting enough folks who are willing to give $25-$75 to make this project happen. I will need to reach thousands of people to succeed. The question is can I do the necessary outreach with less than 150 friends and family contacts?
That’s where you come in. You can help reach people beyond my small circle. Please tell your friends about this campaign. It’s another form of grassroots organizing, which many of you are old pros at.
Please feel free to email me if you have any comments or questions. I’d love to hear from you. Contact.
Let the adventure begin!
How Kickstarter Works
When you make a pledge to contribute to this campaign, you will only be charged if we reach our goal. If we don’t reach our goal, Kickstarter will not take anything from your account. In appreciation of your support, I am offering rewards. A gift of $25 or more enables you to be the first to view the finished documentary. Yeah!
If you would like to make a tax-deductible gift, Kickstarter is not set up to do that. You can make a tax-deductible gift by donating to our fiscal sponsor, Northwest Film Forum. Just click here.
I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your help and your generosity in the making of The Draft and the Vietnam Generation.
Risks and challenges
There are few obstacles to shooting the photography for this documentary. Inspired by Studs Terkel, who narrated my last documentary, The Draft and the Vietnam Generation will essential rely on the oral histories of a number of individuals who opposed the draft and the Vietnam War. If one person becomes unavailable for shooting, there are others with compelling stories to interview.
The biggest challenge will be selecting from a number of potential interviewees the few to include in the final documentary.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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