I sat in the Vegas airport Sunday afternoon, and wrote some thoughts in my notebook (because I’m old-school, and carry a notebook with me). The first thought came to me while texting with Alison and Kavin, lamenting the end of an incredible weekend, but also sharing our hope for this film. I feel like sometimes I’m still trying to define what this film is, or what it can become. Because, as I noted at CSIcon, when I first had this idea two years ago, I believed that Science Moms would be a little passion project that my parents and friends would watch, and then I’d put it somewhere on the internet for whatever eyes might find it. But as I said to Alison and Kavin, I now see this film as a catalyst to help people feel empowered to have conversations about topics they’ve been silent about. The hope is that people will realize that they’re not alone in not wanting to give into the fear and hype around things like vaccines, GMOs, and other pseudoscience that’s invaded the culture of parenting.
The CSIcon experience of the film screening and panel was kind of beyond words. To be in a room full of skeptics, including most of the Science Moms, plus other people who have become my friends over the past couple years, and show and talk about this project... it’s difficult to even explain how that felt. But it was rad, and I savored every moment of it.
So what’s next? That’s a question that I’ve been asked a lot lately, and it’s one that I’ve been asking myself just as much. Of course, I want to get as many eyes on this film as possible, but on a larger scale, I’d love to see the Science Moms narrative to make its way out of the skeptic and scicomm communities and into the mainstream. In his CSIcon talk, Kevin Folta noted that we have facts and evidence on our side. I think it’s our job to continue to humanize the facts and evidence - to tell our stories, to connect with people’s hearts, in the hope of changing minds. There’s a lot of work to be done, and it’s going to take a village to change this narrative, but I believe it could be done. Who's with me?
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