We interupt our normal blogging with a message from Dan McComb, director of Beyond Naked
When naked cyclists began crashing the Fremont Solstice Parade in the early 90s, Seattle faced a crucial decision: would the city tolerate an extreme expression of creativity, or would it, like some other American cities, crack down hard?
In Beyond Naked, I’m exploring the story of how an unorganized, unclothed bunch of cyclists crashed a parade, provoked a showdown, and became a legend. Told through the eyes of four first timers, it’s ultimately a film about creative courage.
Most of us will never go naked in public. But I believe that courageous acts of extreme creativity provide more space for those of us in the middle to create businesses, make art, and express ourselves as we choose. You can’t be truly creative without exposing yourself to criticism.
Today, I’m in the final hours of a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds I need to complete this film. We have picked up more than 100 backers over the last month, and the film is 85 percent funded. We can almost see the finish line. But we’ve got a ways to go. Kickstarter is a make-or-break deal: if I don’t raise 100 percent of my goal by Saturday at midnight, I won’t get a penny. And that would be a real shame.
Help me and my small crew strike a blow for creativity! For as little as $10, you can say “I helped fund that film.”
Pledge online now.
Can’t afford it? You can still shake your fist at the forces of conformity by sharing the trailer link above on your Facebook, Twitter, and other social media to tell your friends.
You can follow the film’s progress on the official site. See you in Fremont on June 18!
Dan McComb, director