ALL ABOUT 'HUG AN ATHEIST'
Last year, Hug an Atheist turned into one of Indiegogo’s success stories. After 53 days of fundraising, we reached our goal and got the go-ahead to make Hug an Atheist, a documentary film about atheism in the USA, dispelling myths and untruths by following ordinary American atheists on their journey through life.
One year later, the film has been made and premiered in September at the San Francisco Atheist Film Festival.
The reactions to it were, to say the least, very positive.
“This is probably the best film of interviews with atheists & Humanists that I've seen. Congratulations on taking such a positive, life-affirming, community-oriented approach.” Greg Epstein, author Good without God
billed as the documentary that is finally going to put a real, human
face on atheism as it’s lived day by day, and in that it thoroughly
succeeds. Broeckx went out and found ordinary folks who happen to not
believe in God and got them to open up about how they deal with
everything from Santa Claus to finding a sense of community to dealing
with terminal illness. These people, I think, make a case more
compelling for the humanity of atheism than all of the professional
atheists who, going against the advice of Elwood P. Dowd, have opted to
be Oh So Smart rather than Oh So Pleasant. It’s a film which shows very
clearly who we are, what we do, and what we have to overcome on a
regular basis in a way that all of the theoretical formulations of our
abstract intellectual concerns have never been able to quite press
home." Dale DeBakcsy, New Humanist
“Sylvia has done a wonderful thing. Her subjects aren’t caricatures. They’re real, ordinary people with something extraordinary to say.” David Fitzgerald, San Francisco Atheist Film Festival
“Hug An Atheist is not a polemic against theism. It shows how atheists think and live in positive and honest terms, and how they deal with some of the most central and universal questions of human life.” Dr Daniel Fincke
Now, to help spread the message of this film, it’s important to get it in front of as many audiences as possible! And to do that, we’re asking for your help.
HELP SPREAD THE WORD
We want to submit Hug an Atheist to a range of film festivals, both in the USA and internationally, but doing so costs money. We’ve exhausted all our funds in making this film and distributing the DVDs to our original sponsors.
Film festivals are the best way to get exposure in front of diverse audience. If it wasn’t for the festival circuit, an independent film like Hug an Atheist could easily disappear into obscurity. Festivals give small films the opportunity to shine in front of already well-known and respected filmmakers and critics. Then there’s the press attention, exposure to prospective agents, potential awards, ... And most importantly, new and bigger audiences get to see Hug An Atheist.
The average cost of submitting a film to a festival is $50, with the big and most important festivals charging well over $100. There are hundreds of festivals every year and we’ve narrowed down the list to a range of festivals we feel would suit Hug an Atheist best.
Now, submitting the film to a festival
doesn’t mean it will get accepted to that festival (it’s kind of like applying
to go to college or university). All we can do is put in our submission and
hope for the best. The more festivals we submit to, the higher the chances
of getting some big exposure for the film. As festivals program Hug an Atheist, we get a bigger and more diverse audfeince, which is exactly what a film like this needs to create a wider understanding and acceptance of atheists.
HERE'S WHAT WE NEED
We’ve set our goal at $2500. This gives us plenty to submit the film to the festivals we think will make the most difference to our cause.
We’ve made this a ‘flexible funding’ campaign, which means that even if we don’t reach our goal, we still get the money you donated (although we do pay a higher percentage to indiegogo, so reaching and even exceeding the goal is still very important). The reason we’ve gone for this type of campaign is that even we only manage to raise a few hundred dollars, we still get to submit the film to some festivals.
What happens if we would raise more? Well, that would be brilliant! It would mean we’d be able to submit to even more festivals and actually have some money left over for some proper promotion of the film.
Just to make clear, this money is just to try
to get the film into festivals, this is NOT the travel budget for
the director and creators to go to these festivals!
But even if you can’t spare a penny at this
time, you can still help out by sharing this campaign with your friends, family
and foes. And join us out on Facebook!