Looking back, days later, I think it's actually a decent first thought.
Because I'm not a writer. Other than the occasional blog post about grocery shopping, I don’t write much. But I love the idea of telling stories. The appeal of documentary film as a medium is that it allows the filmmaker to tell a story - to tell someone's story - through that person's own words and ideas.
So while I don’t fancy myself a writer, I'm many other things - a parent, an educator, skeptic, a science enthusiast, and a filmmaker.
As both a parent and a filmmaker, I was inspired by the Moms4GMOs letter written by Kavin Senapathy, Layla Katiraee, Alison Bernstein, and Anastasia Bodnar (and signed by many other moms, including "Science Mom" Jenny Splitter). Here was an alternate narrative to the fear-based parenting movement. Here was a story that hadn't been told, but needed to be told.
As we know, the voices of the anti-biotechnology and anti-vaccine movements can be so loud (and oftentimes so well-funded). I entered into the “Science Moms” project with the desire to make a short film highlighting a group of women as voices for evidence-based parenting. As I’ve been immersed in this process, and in this amazing world of science, skepticism, and activism for the past 8 months, this film remains a passion project, but with a larger goal than originally intended. I want “Science Moms,” to be one of many movies for our movement - for science, for reason, and for those scientists, science communicators, moms, dads, and science enthusiasts who are working so hard to deliver the message of “facts over fear.”
Like I said, I'm not a writer, so I'm not sure how to best phrase the "Kickstarter plea" part of this post. So... Please consider lending your support to this film, and to bringing this story to life. You know, for science.