Independent film, art and media is important.
It enables us to create new ways of thinking and being. It attacks the grinding status quo.
Do you crave independence? Do you value your own choices, and wish you weren’t constantly being hammered by media, advertising and society? Are you sick of the powerful telling you what to eat, what to think, what to do and who you can love?
The good news is, you’re not alone. Not by a long chalk.
We’ve covered uprisings, we’ve taken apart the narratives of the powerful wolves in the board-room, we’ve explored the ways we can subvert and use the Drone-Future to our advantage.
We’ve used ancient archetypes to shed light on today’s patterns.
You’re not alone.
Throughout the world there are countless folks like you, who crave that independence, who have that urge to steal the fire from the newsrooms, and the studios, the corporations and the 1%.
And that’s the thing - the ones you think hold all the cards? They’re actually in the minority. A vanishingly small selection of people inhabit the shells of corporations and the halls of power.
Big empty rooms, echoing with the occasional footstep.
But imagine for a second - imagine what would happen if those empty, hollow spaces were filled up with a plethora of voices?
Even traditional media cannot deny the heaving crowd, the seething mass of all those individual voices raised. It’s just not possible any more.
You’ve probably read how Clark: A Gonzomentary is appearing at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival.
Think about that. Independent people coming together to celebrate their achievements, to create things because they want to, because they need to.
Because dammnit, there is a way to do it, despite what you’ve been told.
And if you look, there’s always more:
Strange Factories - Trailer from FoolishPeople on Vimeo.
On Monday, FoolishPeople announced their collaboration with London’s Cinema Museum, to release their crowdfunded independent film, Strange Factories
Through that collaboration, a live cinema event occurs in October, the characters coming to life and interacting with the audience!
You can pre-order Strange Factories now, download it then, and stream it to join in with the rending of the veils on opening night.
You can explore its world through the doors of Theatric Arcana wherever - and whenever - you are, on the damn planet.
And this is possible because you are not alone.
We are not alone.
Collaboration and interdependence means exactly that.
In today’s networked society, you can lend your voice to the crowd, you can give politicians bloody noses and corporations kicks in the profit margins.
You can support blazing visions that burn brighter than the sun, and you can spread laughter that reminds you to be alive.
You are not alone, and it’s time we reminded you of that.
Independence is not isolation, it comes from inter-dependence. It comes from hundreds, thousands, millions even, supporting each other in any way they can.
Time to spread the word.
Be seeing you.
Craig 'VI' Slee is a Consultant & Theorist dealing with Mythology, Folklore, Storytelling & Culture.
Currently, he serves as Writer and Content Developer for FoolishPeople, an internationally acclaimed immersive theatre company who create ritual experiences, books and films. Their latest work is STRANGE FACTORIES, which will be released to worldwide distribution October 2013.