Filmmaker Seeks $20K for Documentary about Sexism in Video Game Industry, Community

Filmmaker Shannon Sun-Higginson has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a documentary on sexism and harassment in the video games industry called GTFO. The New York City-based filmmaker is looking to raise $20,000 to continue work on the film, with money going towards shooting expenses, travel costs, money to pay crew members, post-production expenses, licensing rights for any gaming footage or images appearing in the final film, and to create promotional materials.

Speaking to about the project, the filmmaker says that she hasn't received too many negative responses about the project, mainly because she is not a "gamer."

"I've gotten a few messages so far that are like, I'm an 'attention whore' which is a hilarious assessment to gather from trying to make a movie about women in gaming," she said. "I have been lucky that I haven't gotten too many trolls yet, but I think actually being an outsider probably helps in that respect."

"A lot of these anonymous people who are saying that they're going to do horrible things to these women, it would hard to get them on camera, I would think," she said, adding that the project isn't looking to shame anyone personally but rather call attention to the larger issue.

"This is an innately challenging subject, and many women who put themselves out there in this industry receive backlash," she wrote on her Kickstarter page. "But I, along with many of the people I've spoken with, believe in this project and know that we can make it a reality with your help. We want to stop the abuse that prevents so many women from doing what they love — play, create, and write about videogames."

As of this writing, the campaign has raised a good chunk of the $20,000 she is seeking: 310 backers have put up $11,392 of the $20,000 goal, with 11 more days to go.

Source: GII, Polygon


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    Technogeek says:

    At this point, "venomous" is practically an euphemism.

    I'm not sure how many times people have called (hopefully as a joke) for the rape of Anita Arkeesian, but the fact that such a joke can be considered the kind of thing you'd toss out without any concern for the audience says at least as much about the level of sexism in the community as the joke itself.

    (Mind you, I'm not trying to say that certain subjects are completely off-limits to humor. I understand the power of black comedy. Hell, I've watched 9/11 footage set to Yakety Sax. But I wouldn't exactly try to play said footage on the Jumbotron in Times Square.)

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    Neeneko says:

    Why not?  It is not usual for a topic, esp ones that gets such heated debates up, to have more then one documentary or book about it.

    This has been a discussion in the industry for at least 20 years now, and that is only as long as long as I have been paying attention.   I know women who have talked about it from even further back.  The latest round of awareness is not the first, and it probably will not be the last…. though I get kinda disturbed at how venemous it has become.

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