The dramatic fight to win Minnesota marriage equality almost sounds like a movie script: Overcoming long odds, Minnesota voters organized to pull off two upset victories that 1) took Minnesota back from the brink of enshrining a prohibition against same-sex marriage in the state Constitution and 2) made Minnesota the first state in the Midwest to legalize same-sex marriage through legislation. Then — every film needs a happy ending –
scores of same-sex couples went to the altar, the Court House and the public square to legally wed on the first day the new law took effect.
“It makes a great movie, because it’s about the power of storytelling,” says Michael McIntee, executive producer of The UpTake, which is hoping to turn this real-life drama into a movie. “Thousands of volunteers talked to people they knew about love being a basic human value that everyone deserves.”
The UpTake has documented all the elements of this feel-good triumph for the last three years but “didn’t know we were making a movie,” McIntee says. “History happened before our eyes.”
Given that many other states must now wrestle with the same issues, a film that documents how Minnesota managed to win marriage equality would be very timely.
So far, more than 100 people who have seen The UpTake’s video clips from this historic fight have been moved to help fund the making of a documentary. But The UpTake needs your help, too, if the project is to receive the necessary funding. To do that, The UpTake has initiated a Kickstarter effort to make our film and we need to raise $21,211 by September 6. To help, please go to Kickstarter and help us fund the final interviews and editing of the movie, which we hope will get broadcast on a national television or cable network.
All Or Nothing Funding
Kickstarter is an “all or nothing” crowd-sourcing fundraiser. If an organization doesn’t meet its fundraising goal by the deadline, it gets none of the money and the donors’ credit cards are not charged.
“Crowd-sourcing is now one of the models for funding journalism,” says The UpTake’s Executive Director Jason Barnett. “As many media organizations have found, advertising is not enough to support good journalism any more. And while grants are good, they take a long time to apply for and get. We’re experimenting here to see if crowd-funding can work for targeted projects such as this movie.”
The Kickstarter campaign is off to a good start: As of August 22, we have raised exactly half the money we need to make this important project a reality. But we only have 15 days left to garner the remaining donations we need, or the project will expire. That would be a shame. So please consider helping The UpTake make sure that the Minnesota story of how a fight for basic human rights and marriage equality overcame the odds and, in the end, meant that in Minnesota, Love is The Law.
To find out more about the Kickstarter campaign, click here.
And, Thank You!
– The UpTake