My Kickstarter for Silenced is winding down. You only have four more hours to back it. Back Silenced here.
Silence is in Production!
Your support has been incredible, and we are going to work hard to make you proud to have backed Silenced. We’ve already been lining up interviews and setting up travel.
Last night we spoke with Milo Yiannopoulos. Today Loren will interview Allum Bokhari, a UK journalist, on free speech culture across the pond. Unlike the U.S., there are “hate speech” laws in the UK.
In America – for now, anyway – censorship is part of culture rather than law. The government isn’t going after people for their speech. It’s outrage mobs who get people fired and dox and harass people.
It’s not us against the government. It’s our war on free speech.
Tyrants in the government sit back and smile. They are thrilled the people are losing respect for free speech, as free speech ultimately serves as a check against the government. Once respect for free speech decreases, the U.S. government will begin enacting censorship laws and judges will begin finding “exceptions” to the First Amendment’s broad protections of free speech.
To save free speech in America from the government, we have to save it from one another.
If there’s a goal for Silenced, it’s this: Make free speech cool.
There’s nothing cool about trying to get people fired from a job over a Tweet. You’re not tolerant when you destroy someone’s life for disagreeing with you. That makes you the a-hole.
The cool people recognize that not everyone who disagrees with you is evil. Most of the time people are wrong, confused, or ignorant rather than malicious. The best approach is to keep talking to one another rather than silencing those you oppose.
A quick note on funding.
The bare bones budget for Silenced was $40,000.
As we’ve exceeded that goal, we will be able to make Silenced a better film and enter it into film festivals.
(As you’ll recall, I am not taking a salary for my work on Silenced.)
Every dollar that comes in will go directly into the film.
Your support blew me away.
I expected to raise $20,000. We are almost at 3x that number.
We’ve already interviewed people for Silenced, including Milo Yiannopoulos. During my appearance on the Rubin Report, we discussed scheduling Dave Rubin for Silenced. We will be talking to him soon.
We will be having video interviews with people around the world via Skype.
We want to talk to at least 100 people. Silenced is going to tell the story of people you haven’t heard from.
In a few days we’ll be heading up to San Francisco – what some would call ground zero in the war on free speech – to interview people in tech and finance.
We’ll also be attending local protests in Los Angeles.
Then we’ll head to New York.
Once the interviews are wrapped up, we’ll start editing.
We’ll be updating you along the way. This isn’t a project you back and then wait on.
You’ll be taken behind the scenes of Silenced as we film, and you’ll receive plenty of updates.
Thank you again for backing Silenced!
- Thank you again for backing Silenced.