This is interesting. Via Heartiste:
The movie is titled “The Red Pill” and is about the men’s rights movement. As filmmaker Cassie Jaye worked on the project, she found her views on the issue starting to change and, when funders discovered she was not doing a film with a straight-up pro-feminist angle, funding dried up. The entire project was in danger.
The most interesting part of this can be summed up by the following excerpts:
Jaye is concerned about funding the film with angel investors, who she says often want creative control: “We weren’t finding executive producers who wanted to take a balanced approach, we found people who wanted to make a feminist film.”
The second option was funding via grants. Jaye says, “I started to see the bias towards women’s films and against men’s. There are no categories for men’s films though there are several for women and minorities. I submitted the film to human rights categories, and was rejected by all of them.”
According to Jaye, her sincerely-held opinions on the men’s rights movement have made her movie almost unfundable and support has dried up: “Films that support one side and act as propaganda do better than those that try to have an honest look. I won’t be getting support from feminists. They want a hit piece and I won’t do that. ”
Not only that, feminists are unwilling to be involved with the project at all, including not wanting to be interviewed or to work for the production:
“I started to invite feminists to be interviewed for the film, making up about 25 per cent of the interviews scheduled,” she explains. “We had a popular feminist author who was scheduled to be in the film. After we drove down to Los Angeles, she cancelled the night before claiming she felt ‘unsafe.’”
That reminds me of what Christina Hoff Sommers ran into again and again when she was writing her book “Who Stole Feminism” back in the 1990’s. It’s disappointing, but not surprising, to see that so little has changed.
The white knights, of course, did their part:
Jaye also had a paid animator drop out of the project because he didn’t want to be part of a project that sympathised with the men’s rights movement.
And, as if that isn’t enough:
“I’ve also had interns, including a gender studies major. One girl in particular had a lot of crying attacks and emotional experiences. She claimed everything I was showing her was triggering her.”
(The intern should simply be fired and not receive any credit for the internship. Although, admittedly, there’s a risk that such an action might generate even more resistance. Due to, you know. Microaggressions or some stupid thing.)
What struck me about this is how well it illustrates the rampant left-wing bias in the film industry. Any red pill person who watches television nowadays can see it pretty clearly in the shows themselves. This story illustrates the problem pretty well from a behind-the-scenes standpoint: There appears to be literally no one involved in that business who has any interest in taking a fair, objective look at a feminist issue, while there is certainly a surplus of people who are more than happy to do what they can to undermine it. I expect Jaye will run into difficulty when the film is completed and she tries to get it distributed.
She has embarked on a Kickstarter campaign to raise the remaining funds that are needed to get the film completed. She’s accepting funds through November 11. Assuming anyone actually reads this blog (haha), here’s the link to the campaign. I note with some satisfaction that the goal amount has already been substantially exceeded. That is good news. I’ll be interested to see if I can track down and watch the film once it’s released.