Welcome to the Crowdsourcing Mornings segment! Every weekday morning, Geek Alabama talks about and features one crowdsourcing project from crowdsourcing sites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and others. The hope with Crowdsourcing Mornings is to feature and help a project be successful and reach its fundraising goal. Please enjoy today’s featured project!
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One night, a group of four boys get invited to a party by the popular girl from school. As the boys fantasize about what could unfold that night, the girl is reduced to a mere object of their desire – a vessel of proof for their manhood. Exhilarated by their delusions, they venture out into the night, competing with one another along the way: they argue about who knows girls better and compete over her in a game of chicken. And whenever confronted with nerves and insecurity, each of them is ready to take the spotlight off himself by challenging the other’s masculinity.
But when they arrive, the party isn’t what they expected. For all their peacocking, the boys are met with a surprising series of events that teaches them a valuable lesson: gender is a very wide spectrum.
As a storyteller, I try to take a step back and reflect on my place in the world. Because of this, one theme that persists in my mind is toxic masculinity. I am constantly inspired by nuanced and poetic stories of masculinity; whether it be Claire Denis’ depiction of men alongside colonialism in Beau Travail, or the amazing depiction of a completely secure firefighter that Vincent Lindon plays in Julia Ducournau’s instant classic Titane, each artistic and progressive portrayal of masculinity inspires me to learn more, and to try to build on that knowledge and perspective with my own voice.
Our short film explores the very relevant topic of gender roles and its place in our society. Now so more than ever, our culture has adopted the ideal of gender as personal identity. Since this is a new shift for most people, there has been a lot of ignorance and confusion, mostly from young men. So for my story, I placed four teen boys dead in the middle of a journey to learning more about the spectrum of gender and how it applies to them. I’m ready to start asking the right questions to/about the people whom I have the most common with and who need a mirror right now: men.
As of February 7th, this project has raised $17,000 of their $22,300 goal. This project has 2 days left to raise the $22,300 or it will not be funded. For a pledge of $15, you will get your name in the credits. For a pledge of $50, you will get a digital copy of the film. To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/newshoes/peacock-a-short-film?