The Yes Men produced what is probably my most favourite video on activism to date. Employing networks of fake websites and campaigns The Yes Men have managed to prank their way into highlighting issues of concern that would never have otherwise seen the day of light.
They have even released their latest film, The Yes Men Fix the World on the legally-free video sharing site VODO — which is well worth the USD 0 you will spend watching it.
For their next project, The Yes Men Are Revolting, the film producers explain that funds by studios for independent films have dried up — thus the necessity for crowd funding.
But to get there, we need money. When our first movie came out, studios and television networks were paying pretty well—but then the the market for indie films went into freefall.
Today, we’re really in a pinch. Corporate sponsorship, of course, is right out. (Duh.) So we’re turning to you. The money we raise will go towards paying for a few more shoots and a couple more actions around the globe. We also need money to pay for editors, equipment, archival footage, legal counsel, and all the technical work it takes to get a movie finished and into the world. Finally, we’ll need funds for “outreach,” mainly the creation and staffing of the Action Switchboard, a way to plug inspired viewers into ongoing projects and help generate new ones. It’ll come out at the same time as the film.
If you kick in now, you can join in this steamy synergy. Hurry!
I don’t doubt a great majority of people out there would not hesitate to drop off more than RM 100 per year in going to the cinemas for another big-budget production. If however you would like to support progressive social change while enjoying a film that will definitely elevate your status to rebel-hoodlum, find the spare change in your wallet and kick in a few bucks to their Kickstarter campaign.
Social change doesn’t come about unless we all work together for progressive goals. This is not the parallel universe where Batman or Superman exists.
And if a currently unemployed/self-employed graduate-student-to-be in a 3rd world country can spare USD 10, I am sure you can too.