"Fagbug Nation" takes you behind the wheel of what it's like to drive the once vandalized, now famous "Fagbug." With six years of touring under her belt, director Erin Davies ("Fagbug," 2009, Netflix) has her mind set on getting her car to all 50 states, Hawaii and Alaska being the final two. To pull this off, Erin went 54 days without a car, put her car on 5 boats, and flew on 14 planes. The Fagbug gets leis'd in Hawaii and drives through the midnight sun to Alaska, but first makes a pit stop at the Equality House in Topeka, Kansas. Along the way, Erin gathers people's opinions on gay marriage and bullying. Watch as this rainbow colored Beetle serves as a catalyst for our nation on the road to equality.
To qualify the film for the Oscars it requires a 1 week screening in LA and NY. The film has to be screened in these 2 cities prior to premiering anywhere else. The NY and LA weeklong run includes renting a theater in both cities, having the movie play regularly throughout the week, and getting national reviews.
To rent a theater, convert the movie to the qualifying format, and promote the film in the required avenues, it costs $20,000 in each city. Both cities combined costs a minimum of $40,000. As part of the outreach campaign, the film will be sent to 100 film festivals around the world with varying submission fees. Other expenses needing to be covered are: sound engineer, color correction, music, captioning, travel, and DVD duplication.
It was Erin's goal to qualify her first film, "Fagbug" for the Oscars but it was the one goal she didn't reach the first time around. So many great films never get the chance to qualify due to the steep financial requirements. Qualifying the film or getting a chance to get nominated would bring a mainstream audience to the forefront which would allow the general public to learn about the positive message behind fagbug.
"Fagbug Nation" will used as an educational tool in women & gender studies, sociology, LGBT studies, and psychology college classrooms as well as elementary, middle, and high schools around the country.
RISKS & CHALLENGES
The first challenge in completing the project was getting the Fagbug to Hawaii & Alaska, which I successfully accomplished. In April of 2013, I reached my $3,500 goal for my first kickstarter campaign titled, "Getting The Fagbug To Hawaii & Alaska"http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/678282103/getting-the-fagbug-to-hawaii-and-alaska
To get the fagbug to Hawaii and Alaska, I scheduled a 4 week tour from NY to CA, shipped the car from CA to Maui, flew home, waited 2 weeks, flew to Maui, spent 6 days there, shipped the car to Tacoma, WA, flew home, flew to Tacoma 3 weeks later, waited 1 week until my car arrived, drove to Alaska, took a ferry back to WA, flew home and back, did the drive to NY 2 weeks later, and filmed it all while it was happening.
Getting the fagbug to all 50 states is a goal that took 6 years (of touring full-time) to accomplish. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/erin-davies/the-fagbug-reaches-all-50-states_b_3514649.html
The second challenge is completing the film. Upon completing my first kickstarter campaign, I worked with a producer, 2 editors, a story consultant, and spent 6 months working on the film at a cabin in Vermont, in Utica, NY, DC, NYC and at home in Syracuse, NY. The most difficult part is done. The movie is finished. The Fagbug made it to Hawaii in May, and Alaska in June and the movie was completed by December 2013, and is on schedule to be released in 2014.
The third challenge is being able to raise the funds. There are about 170 individuals and 15 bands in the film, and in the past 6 years I've presented at over 300 schools. I intend on reaching out to everyone involved to help with this.
The fourth challenge is marketing. In an attempt to make the screenings in NY and LA have the biggest impact, the fagbug will parked in front of each theater for 7 days to create the biggest buzz possible.
The fifth challenge is the age of the car. The fagbug is a 2002 VW Beetle with almost 300,000 miles on it. To get the car to Hawaii and Alaksa, the fagbug endured 13 car repairs along the way, which I tended to, and will continue to tend to needed repairs.
It's hard to do something big. I've learned this many times over the years. People try to tear you down when you try. All successful people have to overcome that, and not give up during those moments. At the end of the day, the fear of failure seems to be the biggest obstacle of all however, I fear not trying and regret much more.