On the odd occasion over the past two years, I have mentioned my academic work focusing on sociology and physics at Meetups. Finally, this work is coming to fruition.
'Ambisexuality', a book about sexual orientation, has now been published. To complement the book, a documentary is in the process of being made and is now at the stage where b-roll filming and editing are required to complete the project. The final stages of film production and readying the book for publication were largely responsible for me stepping back from D&M Meetup facilitation over the past six months. But I am looking forward to resuming this role again upon my return to Auckland.
Why am I telling you this?
Genevieve Cooper, the film's editor (7 News, Perth) , Laurence Yee, AUT film school, and I am currently working on a crowd funding project to help offset a small part of the heavy costs of producing the film documentary. Making a documentary is expensive. This film certainly doesn't have a long payroll like you would see in the credits of a Peter Jackson blockbuster, but the costs are considerable. These days, the way many film makers fund some of the production costs of making a documentary - and especially niche films like Ambisexuality - is through crowd funding. That's the approach I have taken.
A crowd funding campaign was recently started seeking a total of $4,000 to pay for the final b-roll filming and editing costs of the film. Wendy and I have invested thousands of dollars in personal funds in this project... but to complete it we are looking for support from people who are intellectually curious, people who want to understand more about the pivotal role that sex and gender play in our lives, people who are interested in understanding minorities, and people who wish to support education, enlightenment and tolerance.
This is where you come in. I don't expect people to put their hands in their pockets for no tangible benefit. I am big on reciprocity, so this is the plan. A special event Meetup has been scheduled on the topic of Ambisexuality for 7 November 2019. People attending this event will see the completed documentary at its premier screening. There will be a brief presentation on the research, followed by a Q&A session. A venue in central Auckland will be advised. Anyone who donates $15 or more to the crowd funding campaign will be eligible to attend. People who donate $20 or more will have their names listed on the film's funding credits (if attendance is received by 31 October), unless they prefer to remain anonymous. Those who have already contributed $15 or more, automatically qualify to attend the Ambisexuality Meetup; and no further contributions are required.
We expect that the film will subsequently be selected for screening at film festival events around the world... but this Meetup event is the world premier.
If you wish to attend this special Meetup event:
1. Sign up for the Meetup in the usual way, then
2. Click here: https://uk.gofundme.com/f/ambidoco
to go to the GoFundMe website and leave your donation.
1. In the interest of fairness, theatre seating will be preferentially allocated in accordance with the order in which funding donations are received. The faster you sign up and donate, the better seating choice you will have.
2. If you put your name down as attending but we cannot find a donation on the GoFundMe website, you will not be allowed to attend this Meetup.
3. If you wish to donate anonymously, please contact me directly through the Meetup website. We will agree on a code name for your GoFundMe donation which will secure your attendance.
I am looking forward to this special occasion and hope to see you there.