Funded! This project was successfully funded on May 26, 2013.

Update #7

What's next...

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We just wanted to thank you again for helping make our Kickstarter drive a huge success!

We will be contacting donors shortly to confirm rewards selections and get your shipping information, so that we can get those rewards to you as soon as they are ready.

In the months ahead, we will be keeping you up to date on our progress.  If you haven’t already done so, please like us on Facebook so we can keep in touch.  And be sure to check out the Latest News page on our website for frequent updates.

If you know someone who wants to donate but didn't have a chance to do so during our Kickstarter drive, they can click here to donate by credit card or PayPal.

Thank you again!  We are honored by your support, and we look forward to seeing each one of you at a screening of The Lavender Scare.


Update #6 - For backers only

Behind the scenes

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Update #5

An Important Milestone

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Great news!  We have reached our initial Kickstarter goal... thanks to all of YOU.  The enthusiastic support you’ve shown for this project has been inspiring.  It is great to know that so many of you agree that this is a story that must be told.

But… we can't stop now!   Our Kickstarter campaign still has 11 days to go, and we still need your support.   The money we have raised will help us finish editing.  But some big expenses still lie ahead.  The biggest of all is licensing the archival film and still pictures we need to tell this story.

For instance:  take a look at the news clip, below, from 1965.  Secretary of State Dean Rusk is responding to a reporter's question about a group of demonstrators who are protesting the government's ban on hiring gays and lesbians.  The derisive laughter of the reporters and Rusk's dismissive attitude are a clear reflection of the attitude of the times.  We naturally want to use this clip in the film.  But in order to do so, we have to pay the news organization that owns it a fee of $3,750.  Just for this one clip!    

That's why we need your continued support.  More money for licensing archival material means a more compelling film.  

So please continue to spread the word. We are honored to have your support.  Together, we will make The Lavender Scare a film in which we can all take pride!

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Update #4

Almost there...

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Our initial goal is within reach!  And it is all because of you, our partners in this exciting project.  We thank you so much for your generosity, your support and your enthusiasm!

Your contributions will provide the funding we need to begin the editing process.

But your support is important in other ways, too.  The excitement you’ve helped generate has created a good deal of very positive buzz about The Lavender Scare, and that has brought many new friends and supporters to our project.

Yesterday, we provided two fresh clips to Towleroad, a leading source of news and information for the LGBT community.  By this morning, the post had been viewed more than 50,000 times!

A clip was also carried by Salon, a pioneer in delivering general interest news and opinion on the web, which has an audience of 15 million unique visitors a month.

This is in addition to the coverage we’ve already received from other major news organizations, such as ABC News.  You can see a sampling of all the press we’ve gotten by visiting the Latest News page of our website.

In the next few days we will be sending some new clips and behind-the-scenes pictures, which we are releasing just to our contributors.  A small thank you for being part of our team.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Josh and The Lavender Scare team


Update #3

OMG!

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You'd think I'd be able to come up with a headline more articulate than that, but at the moment I'm speechless.  We're just two weeks into our Kickstarter campaign and we're already at 80 percent of our goal!

The suport you guys have shown for this project has been just amazing, and we are very honored.

But... (yes, there's always a but)... we can't let up yet.  Traditionally, Kickstarter campaigns raise the bulk of their money in the early stages.  We don't want to lose momentum!  Please continue to spread the word to family and friends.

With supporters like you, we can't lose!

Thanks again.

Josh and The Lavender Scare team


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