I was inspired by Amelia Brodka's poignant blog post to start a petition about ESPN's decision to remove women's vert skating from this year's X Games. The response I received was overwhelming: a thousand signatures in seven days. Many of the people who signed this petition were women from within the industry.
Female athletes everywhere are calling out for a change. Instead of waiting for someone else to tell their stories, I decided to pick up a camera and do it myself. I will unite their voices and give them and opportunity to speak up. I will make people listen.
I am traveling around the globe (well, most of it) to find and expose the women and girls who are progressing this sport; creating spaces for the next generation of skaters and who work tirelessly behind the scenes. I will interview anyone in the extreme sports industry that is willing to sit still (or walk along with me) for a few mintues.
I want to make it clear that there are female skateboarders so that any little girl who dreams of a life as a pro skater can easily reach positive female role models and look up to them.
NO GAMES will focus on the ever-growing
presence of female skaters around the world. I want to open a dialogue about the
inequalities women face in the skateboarding
industry. The documentary will not only encourage more women to pick
up a skateboard, but also make the extreme sports industry more inclusive.
If I'm unable to finish my documentary, women lose a valuable platform for their voices. With the lack of TV coverage of women's action sports events, the documentary is an important venue for female athletes to be seen and heard. If NO GAMES doesn't happen, it just continues the cycle of erasure and the myth that women's events are not worth watching.
What We Need & What You Get$10,000 is the absolute minimum I need to to finish my documentary through post production. The amount raised will go toward travel so that I may interview and film different women around the world who are redefining the skateboarding industry and leading women's progression. I'll be attending different contests to talk to up and coming women in that scene, as well as sitting down to interview professional skaters who are working towards change. I'll be going to several countries in Europe, Japan, Canada, and several US States, spending at least four days in each location to get all the shots and interviews I need, as well as promote the documentary to build support for its release.
I've already paid for my equipment expenses out of my own pocket and spent hours reading reviews and researching each component so that I know I'm able to put out the best work that I can. I also plan on doing some fundraising on my journey to help pay for expenses.
But, I've also set aside some money of my own to give back to everyone that helps make this happen!
Who wants cool stuff?!
$10 - A high-five and a hand written thank you card, and your name on the 'Thank You' page of the doc's microsite
$25 - A high-five, a hand-written thank you card, stickers, A copy of the film as a digital download, and your name on the 'Thank You' page of the doc's microsite.
$50 - A high-five, a hand-written thank you card, stickers, your name on the 'Thank You' page of the doc's microsite, a copy of the film on DVD and digital download, and a limited edition 8x10 still photo print (your choice)
$100 - A high-five, a hand-written thank you card, stickers, your name on the 'Thank You' page of the doc's microsite, a copy of the film on DVD and digital download, and two limited edition 8x10 still photo prints (your choice)
$250 - All of the above, and a limited edition photo book
$500 - All of the above and VIP tickets to the premiere of the documentary (travel and accommodation not included)
$1000 - All of the above and Co-Producer title in the film credits
$2500 - All of the above and Executive Producer title in the film credits (solo credit card) as well as a personal mention at the premiere.
Other Ways You Can Help Spread the word so that this can be made! If I could get everyone who signed the petition to donate just TEN dollars to this project, this would be funded into post production. Tell your friends, your family, your coworkers. Tell them that the women who word their butts off in the action sports industry finally deserve some recognition! And it's not like you (or they) would come away empty handed!
Jill of All Trades (Yup. Doing it all myself, sans post editing)