One Liberation Under God

a documentary film project. an experiment in love.


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We Want You (to be in the documentary)!

Hi everyone! I hope this finds you well. It’s been an exciting few months. I was able to interview some awesome folks in Kentucky for the documentary project. I’ll be heading to Atlanta within the next few weeks. Things are coming together!

As you may know, the project was funded… but we unfortunately haven’t surpassed our original goal, which means I won’t be able to travel to as many towns as we had hoped. However, that being said… there is still a way for all of you to participate. That’s why I’m asking anyone who would like to be in the film to submit a video. It doesn’t have to be extravagant. It can be as simple as you sitting in front of your computer and chatting. While a face-to-face interview would obviously be ideal, I’m confident we can make this work fabulously.

If you’re interested in participating, shoot me an email at: wilson.mandy@gmail.com

If you already know what you’re going to submit, feel free to send me an mp4 of the video file.

And as always, if you have any questions, just let me know! Thank you so much to everyone for the support and encouragement. Have a wonderful week!

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Things are beginning to come together: Three weeks left!

Hi, everyone! Time is flying. I can’t believe it’s officially fall. Our Kickstarter fundraising page has been off to a great start over the past couple of weeks. I was shocked to see our first goal of $400 met within the first few days! However, funding has currently slowed. Although we’ve met our first goal, we would love to raise enough money to visit all of the cities on the itinerary. While Seattle may be a bit more unlikely, there is still plenty of time to raise enough funding to add Arkansas and Louisiana to the list! We have three weeks to accomplish this!

I’m extremely thrilled with some of the individuals lined up to participate! I think we’ve got a vast and varied selection of stories so far. I simply can’t wait to see where this project takes us. Once funding ends, I will begin sending out questionnaires to all of our participants to prepare for filming.

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! If you happen to think of it, share the project page on your favorite social networks. Prayers and good thoughts also appreciated as we near the end of our fundraising stint.

Stay tuned!

xoxo,

Mandy


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KickStarter Launch Off To An Amazing Start!

Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 7.59.53 AMHi, everyone! After months of contemplation, we finally launched the KickStarter page for the project on Tuesday. It had reached a point where I had to stop worrying about number crunching and statistics, and just actually do it! So far, you guys have exceeded my expectations. In less than three days, we reached half of our first goal of $400!

By now, you probably know how the project will work. But you may be wondering how this fundraising thing works. In order to explain why we set such a low goal, I’ll include an excerpt from the project page:

Nashville is my current city, and northeastern KY is my hometown. Therefore, no extra funds are necessary to cover those interviews. Destinations closest to me will take top priority, so we can make the most out of the time and money we have. So why did we only set a $400 goal? Because that’s how much it will cost to travel to the closest town (Atlanta) for our first group of interviewees. If we don’t meet our goal, we don’t get any of the money. But with KickStarter, there’s no limit to how much we can surpass our goal! Therefore, the more money raised, the more towns we will be able to add to the itinerary.

So you see… $400 is a great first goal—but it’s not our only goal. The further we surpass $400, the more stories we will be able to tell. Sure, even if we only get to film in Nashville, northeastern Kentucky, and Atlanta, we will still have wonderful content that I will be proud to present. But how much more amazing will it be to hear countless voices from all over the United States?

This is a project I truly believe in. And thanks to you guys, I am now hopeful of its success. Please, please, please share this project with as many people as you can, and as often as you like. We are making great progress, but we need to maintain this momentum. If you have questions about anything, please don’t hesitate to get it touch with me.

Thank you guys so much! I’m looking forward to the possibilities. Until then, have a wonderful weekend!

xoxo,

Mandy


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The Mission

Hey everyone! I just wanted to take a second and elaborate on the vision for this project. Here are a few key points:

1. This project is about communication, not debate! This is the single most important point to make. The idea is to gain understanding, and consider points of view with which we don’t agree.

2. The goal is to give equal voice to all points of view. If you’ve seen the promo video, you may be wondering where the straight people are! I included photos of the participants who sent them to me. There are a few other folks who fall on the more conservative side of the scale, and they will be included in the film; they just weren’t included in the video. That being said, I would like to schedule more interviews with more conservatively-minded people, as right now only 15% of our interviewees fit that criteria.

3. I want to avoid confrontation at all costs. I realize, because of the nature of this project, feathers may be ruffled. But that is certainly not my intent. As someone who cares deeply about what others think (however right or wrong that may be), I pledge to take every necessary step toward life-giving conversation. I also pledge to avoid anything that can be construed as mean, hateful, or arrogant.

4. This project is a safe space for all people. No matter what you believe, you will be respected. That goes for the participants and viewers alike.

I’d like to thank all of you who have shown support and encouragement to me in the past few days. It makes me so happy to share in this experience with all of you, and to know that you believe in this project.

Stay tuned for updates; I’m sure there will be many!

xoxo,
Mandy


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Are You a Marketing/Fundraising Expert? If So, Let’s Chat!

Hello, everyone! I’m so glad to have had a weekend to finish the majority of the website. What you may notice, is there is no page for fundraising or donations yet. That’s because I fully acknowledge there is a right way and a wrong way to go about this thing. I’ve got a couple of folks bouncing around ideas for fundraising, but I’d really like to hear as many ideas as possible before launching! If you have passion for what we’re doing, and experience in marketing or fundraising, please contact me. I’d love to hear your ideas. I want to have a definitive plan before we begin the fundraising campaign.

Also, I’d like to thank all of you who made me believe this project was a possibility! I can’t wait to see where this takes us.

xoxo,

Mandy


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Promo Video Launched!

After several long weeks, I’ve finally been able to finish the promo video. Now, the real work begins! While I’m itching to get started, I realize the fundraising process can be a delicate thing, and I want to do it right! Stay tuned for the fundraising launch, which should be happening in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, send prayers, love, and good vibes this way. Here’s hoping to a successful project that will hopefully help us all to find some common ground.