I want to change the way the world sees atheists, and the way atheists see each other and the world around them.
In 2012, I ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for my photography book, A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy and Meaning in a World Without God. At the time, it was the second-highest grossing publishing project in Kickstarter history!
While shooting the photographs for the book, I filmed my interviews with the subjects as they spoke about the various things which gave their lives joy and meaning. Now I'm turning that footage, along with new material, into a film!
The end product will be a feature length documentary called, A Better Life: An Exploration of Joy & Meaning in a World Without God.
The film will feature many of the faces and voices from the book as well as some new perspectives. It will also follow my journey exploring this topic, and the many ways we find joy & meaning in the world.
With the money raised, I will be able to go through the 50+ hours of footage I shot while doing the book, edit the interviews, shoot additional footage, have music composed, as well as the audio mix, post-production work, etc. For just $15, you can get a digital download copy when it’s complete. For those who can give more, there are additional rewards, such being thanked in the credits of the film, and even a rare signed poster!
Atheists have some negative stereotypes, as you can see in this montage I put together during the creation of the book:
Thank you for your help! Together, we can change the way people see atheists and the non-religious, and help make a better life for everyone!
Risks and challenges
There are certainly challenges when it comes to putting together a feature length documentary film. The most common challenge is estimating amount of time it takes to put things together. To the best of my ability, I have planned out enough time to make sure I have a finished product in the estimated time. Of course, I will keep everyone informed of the progress if there are delays, as I did with the book version.
I want the finished product to be the best it can be, and I'm excited to hear your feedback along the way and address any concerns you may have.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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