Rarely on this blog do I engage in anything outside of glorified navel-gazing, with the occasional diatribe on reality television, or—because of course—cats. But today we break all those rules, because I’m going to ask you to check something out that has nothing to do with me, or books, or cats (sad face) but is worth your eyeballs and maybe, hopefully, a few of your dollah dollah billz.
Here’s the deal: A friend of mine is on a mission (no pun intended ) to film and produce a movie called Hearts and Minds, about a soldier deployed overseas. The film isn’t in and of itself political—this isn’t me telling you how to feel about wars—but is instead an attempt to give civilians a glimpse of what it’s like to be a soldier, and how military service can (and generally does) change your life. The writer/director was himself deployed at one time in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the budget for the movie is a paltry $12,000, which the crew is attempting to raise on Kickstarter.
Historically, my involvement with Kickstarter has been limited to things like wearable napping pillows and filet mignon beef jerky. But I’m all about supporting people with creative/artistic goals that are far more noble than mine, and so ask you all to take a few minutes and check out the Hearts and Minds Kickstarter page, which has a video about the film that explains it far more elegantly than I.
And that’s it! Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.