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A feature documentary following the young women behind the dildo-toting, anti-campus carry, Cocks Not Glocks protest in Austin, TX.
A feature documentary following the young women behind the dildo-toting, anti-campus carry, Cocks Not Glocks protest in Austin, TX.
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About our film 

After concealed gun carry is legalized on Texas college campuses, a small group of young female students plan and execute a massive protest by distributing over 4,000 dildos, the brandishing of which is a Class C misdemeanor. Illustrating absurdity with absurdity, these girls garner national attention, battle internet trolls and overcome entrenched misogyny, all while attending school and forging a sisterhood of support that speaks to the heart of the protest.

poster by Sarah Ford
poster by Sarah Ford

"Fighting absurdity with absurdity. Guns on campus was now legal, but brandishing Dildos was a still a crime.”  

In response to the passage of campus carry, UT graduate, Jessica Jin, created a facebook event that would forever alter the course of her 24 year old life. Campus (Dildo) Carry, the event that would become the Cocks Not Glocks protest, was a “dick joke” cracked by Jessica, made to illustrate the absurdity in the new campus gun law. The event called for students to strap “giant swinging dildos” to their backpacks, to show the absurdity in allowing concealed handguns in classrooms, but sex toys carried openly on campuses is illegal. Jessica invited her friends, went to bed, and within days the page went viral.

Her joke became a reality on August 24th 2016, the first day of fall classes at UT and the day the campus carry bill went into effect. Over 4000 dildos were distributed and strapped onto the backpacks of students in protest. The protest garnered national attention, including coverage by the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Vice news and the Daily Show.

Our feature length documentary follows Jessica and the other young women that join her team as they prepare to launch a dildo protest and deal with the challenges of activism. Cocks Not Glocks: a documentary explores the intersections between gun safety, feminism and sex positivity.

Roy Wood Jr. filming for The Daily Show at the Cocks Not Glocks protest on the University of Texas campus. Photo by Marshall Tidrick.
Roy Wood Jr. filming for The Daily Show at the Cocks Not Glocks protest on the University of Texas campus. Photo by Marshall Tidrick.

Why this story matters  

It was the fall semester of my Junior year at UT when I was invited to Campus (Dildo) Carry. I remember feeling slightly amused, and mostly reflective as I scrolled down the page. And then there was the discussion section. Post after post of typed bile, written by grown men and women, that was openly, shamelessly sexist, racist and homophobic.

Following the course of the protest, as well as the many sociopolitical intersections it holds, our documentary hopes to put a mirror up to society and reveal truths we often ignore. By documenting the protest, I hope to affirm it in it’s credibility and basic importance in our society. I believe because of the open sexuality of the protest, as well as the age, and the fact that it’s leaders were women, there was a tendency to undermine it, or pass over by general culture, believing it to be frivolous or silly.

In the last three years I’ve been working on the film, it’s only become more relevant with #MeToo Movement and the Parkland school shooting. Our documentary is in a way a confluence of these two cultural movements, and provides an alternative way to access the activism that’s present in today’s current social and cultural climate.

Rosie, in the heart of the protest. Photo by Marshall Tidrick.
Rosie, in the heart of the protest. Photo by Marshall Tidrick.

This film needs to be made because:  

  • It gives legitimacy to the topics and viewpoints brought up by the protest that otherwise could be written off because of the nature of the protest being female led, feminist, seen as immature, and sexually explicit 
  • By featuring young women speaking out, it portrays an important message that women can be agitators and activists, and can’t exist within the gender norms provided 
  • With the recent bout of school shootings and the rise of March for Our Lives, our country has found new hope in the youth to reinvigorate the fight for gun control. Our documentary takes on the issue of firearms on school campuses and the increased likelihood of violence they precipitate, especially towards young female students.

What we need to complete the film 

With filming and production already in the bag, we’re asking for $15,000 in order to cover post-production costs, such as editing, sound design, music composition, color grading, as well as promotion and festival fees. It’s also extremely important to me that I pay back the people that filmed for me and supported this project when I had no way of paying them for their time. These homies filmed in the August heat with me, ventured through sex shops, and calmed my nerves before shooting interviews- and I would love to pay them back.

MAIN SUBJECTS

Jessica Jin 

Jessica Jin. Photo by Marshall Tidrick.
Jessica Jin. Photo by Marshall Tidrick.

Jessica Jin is a woman of action. She is a primary subject as the creator of the Cocks Not Glocks protest. In spearheading the Cocks Not Glocks protest, Jessica urges that the safety of students be made a priority for lawmakers. She revolts against the apathy and passiveness within our generation in regards to political ownership. Cocks Not Glocks is one of her platforms to challenge the status quo and change the conversation around guns, feminism, and sexuality. Jessica is a University of Texas graduate and works at Zinc, a small tech startup in San Francisco. 

Ana López 

Ana Lopez. Photo by Marshall Tidrick
Ana Lopez. Photo by Marshall Tidrick

Ana brings a lightness and surprising sense of humor to the protest and tasks at hand. As the youngest woman organizing the Cocks Not Glocks protest, she feels a new sense of pride, identity, and confidence in public speaking from engaging the masses. Before Cocks Not Glocks Ana was politically active on campus as the VP of Students Against Concealed Carry. Ana is a Plan II honors student and a soon to be senior at the University of Texas. 

Rosie Zander 

Rosie Zander. Photo by Marshall Tidrick.
Rosie Zander. Photo by Marshall Tidrick.

Rosie is loud and unapologetic in making her voice heard. Without hesitation she ignites the protest shouting gun violence statistics while holding a massive dildo in the air. She is passionate about politics, policy, and her political views. Her adoption is a huge part of her identity and she offers a unique perspective as an adopted child. She just finished working on successful campaign for the student body President and Vice President at the University of Texas. Rosie is history major and soon-to-be graduate of the University of Texas. 

THE TEAM

Audra Webbe - Director 

Director, Audra Webbe.
Director, Audra Webbe.

At the age of 23, Audra Webbe is the director of feature film, Cocks Not Glocks: A Documentary, having followed and filmed the protest throughout her senior year at the University of Texas. Compelled to tell stories that explore and affirm the complex inner lives of women, Audra has a keen desire to write and direct her own work as a way to do just that. Beyond the doc, she is currently writing a feature script of the feminist thriller persuasion, as well as developing a musical alongside friend and artist, Ellyn Puckett, in association with the LA based disco band, Capyac. 

David Bukstein - Producer 

David is a film and television producer working in Austin Texas since 2006. Films he's produced have been featured by SXSW, PBS, Comedy Central, Funny-Or-Die, The Marfa Film Festival, Miami Short Film Festival, & the Longhorn Network. Last year he produced & co-wrote a sci-fi action thriller titled “Hard Reset”, which won Best Director at ITVfest and the Advanced Imaging Society’s Lumiere Award for Best 3D Live-Action Short. Earlier this winter he attended the 3D Stereo Media Summit in Liege Belgium to compete and eventually win first place in a feature film pitch competition. His most recent feature film, “Call Me Brother”, just won for Best Performance at the Florida Film Festival.

Madeline Hill - Co-Producer

Madeline specializes in sales and communications, and is instrumental in promotion of Cocks Not Glocks: A Documentary. As co-producer, she curates the project's social media and collaboration outreach. 

TIMELINE

May 1-30: Kickstarter June-August: Editing, Color Correction, Music, Audio Mixing, etc. August: Begin to submit to festivals Summer 2019: Theatrical and Worldwide Digital Release

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenges ahead of us are 1) editing a cut for submission to Sundance 2019 by September of 2018, 2) Achieving festival acceptance to our selected film fests, and 3) recruiting a post-production team of professionals in sound design, color grading, editing, and music composition.

However, we've faced challenges just as large with an even smaller team up until now and have overcome them all. This film will be completed and sent out to festivals regardless if we make this Kickstarter goal. It might take a little longer to get funds, but I won't stop until this film is finished.

Being that this documentary isn't fully edited at the point of this Kickstarter launch, the timeline for the promised rewards to be delivered may alter. We hope to complete the film by January of 2019, run the festival circuit, and get rewards out to our backers by Spring or Summer of 2019.

Some rewards are limited, such as the ceramic penis sculptures, and we can only promise as many as we have.

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