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Description

More Than Human/Less Than Human will examine the role dehumanization plays in generating consent for war, historically and today. It will examine the history of casting enemies of war and their origin populations as less than human

Why is there a tendency to characterize “enemy” populations as different or less than? Conversely, why is there a tendency to see those at home as more than human, above the rules, or better than people overseas? 

This full-length feature film will take an in-depth look at the forces within society – the media, the government, special interest groups, and the military – that shape perceptions of “us and them.” What powers are at work, and what is the motive? Who gains monetarily and who has an interest in shaping these perceptions? 

It will also examine the aspects of human nature that leads people to accept these ideas. What is it within people that allows them to see people “over there” as less than human and those “at home” as more than human? How can we combat these forces and promote a humanistic and accurate view of all people? 

These issues and more will be explored through the prism of the director’s own experiences as a 10-year veteran of the military and private defense industry. The film will rely on expert testimony, interviews with everyday people, and scholarly research. It will utilize a fact-based, confrontational point-of-view and will present the truth in a non-partisan light. 

Schedule

Oct '13 - Jun '14

Oct./Nov. - Pre-production Research and Planning

Dec. - Feb - Initial Shoot

Mar. - Initial Editing

Apr. - Initial Feedback and Screening Sessions

Apr./May - Reshoots (If Necessary)

May - Final Edits

Apr. - Jun. - Promotion and Distribution Planning

Team

Brandon Toy - Director/Writer

Brandon Toy is an Iraqi War Veteran and former defense contractor. He was deployed to Baghdad as a Military Policeman during the height of the insurgency in 2005. He resigned from his position as a Project Manager with a major defense contractor in July. He has an MBA from the University of Michigan. He has become an outspoken critic of US foreign and domestic policy.

You can learn more about the director at these links:

https://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/16-5

https://soundcloud.com/arielflaj/brandon-toy-resigns-in-protest

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/17831-brandon-toys-act-of-conscience

Mike Johnson - Cinematographer

Mike is a vietnam veteran. He served two tours in Vietnam, the second one willingly. He has had a camera in his hand as long as he can remember and has a 20 plus year career with a professional photographer and videographer.

What will the Kickstarter Funds be Used for?

Funds will be used for all activities through post-production. The funding goal established is the minimum needed to produce the film. If the goal is exceeded, the funds will be used to enhance the quality of the film, and secure media rights. 

  • Creative Licenses 
  • Graphics and Animation  
  • Legal Services 
  • Professional Editing 
  • Promotion and Marketing 
  • Post Production Editing 
  • Sound and Lighting Equipment 
  • Talent Fees
  • Travel Costs

How can I contact you?

The team can be reached at moreorlesshumanfilm@gmail.com. Questions, comments, or just friendly hellos are welcome. Documentation or research about the subject of dehumanization or any of the related subjects is welcome.

Risks and challenges

As with any creative project, this one has risks of schedule delays and cost overruns. The team will keep all backers updated on project status and any issues that arise.

We are confident that the team we have in place can tackle any situation that comes our way.

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- (35 days)