We've reached our goal! But a sinister threat lurks...
We've been in a whirlwind of activity! Yesterday, we surpassed our $30.000 Kickstarter goal. Whew! We are so grateful to everyone who has donated, liked our our FB page, endorsed our project, shared our Kickstarter page, followed us on Twitter, and helped us spread the word.
Yesterday was also the final performance of Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz's randy rendition of Beauty and the Beast at the Museum of Contemporary Art. One of our COTF's team member, Carrie Sandahl was involved as a program partner to the MCA in her capacity as Director of Bodies of Work: A Network Disability Art and Culture.
Before the show, Carrie and Mat held a public conversation at the MCA on disability, sexuality, and the media (during which we shared too much information--alas). The MCA has recorded this conversation for posterity, and we will let you know how you can access it when the documentation becomes available. Much of the conversation aligns with the goals of COTF. But Carrie and Mat don't agree on everything. The two debated.. in public...which probably explains what happened next.
After the show, whilst innocently mingling in the lobby, Mat Fraser cornered Carrie Sandahl, pronounced himself The Ghost of Christmas Future and Carrie as Tiny Tim, and threatened that if we do not continue to raise funds for our film that Tiny Tim will DIE! He even put Tiny Tim in a head lock! Luckily Salome Chasnoff was on hand to record this threat. You can see the footage on our FB page https://www.facebook.com/CodeOfTheFreaks/
And then, today, a photo of a lone crutch appeared on our FB page. What might this symbol mean? We fear for the worst.
Who would threaten a pathetic, tiny cripple in the lobby of a high brow arts institution? Please heed The Ghost of Christmas Future's warning. Please help us continue to raise funds for our Kickstarter.
We are stretching our goal to $35,000. We have 6 days left in our campaign. With an additional $5000, we will be able to interview more people, gather more diverse voices, and let our freak flag fly. We want to go even further beyond "the usual suspects" in the disability art and culture community, and ensure that the mic gets passed to those whose voices have not been given a platform.
AND we want to make sure that this film is completely accessible. We need to hire an audio describer asap so that we can include audio description as an integral part of our aesthetic and visual snark. No boring audio description in this film!
Thank you again for your support! And even though Tiny Tim is a character that deserves representational retribution, don't kill him off during the Christmas season! Carrie (aka Tiny Tim) has children to feed, papers to grade, and inspiration to share with the world!
Sincerely, COTF team