Like the Boston Red Sox, the community fundraising campaign for the documentary Beyond Best Evidence: The UFO Enigma that Tim Binnall and I started a couple of weeks ago has gotten off to a slow start (many thanks to all of those folks who have already made generous contributions). The film is a sequel to my 2007 documentary, Best Evidence: Top 10 UFO Sightings - where that film looked at the "what" of the UFO phenomenon, the new film will examine the "how", "where", "who" and "why" questions.
I have to admit that while many people in my industry have embraced the concept of community fundraising, largely because of the media consolidation which has squeezed small and mid-sized companies out of the traditional financing models and forced them to look for new and innovative ways to raise the funding required to make a film, I was a bit apprehensive about using it for this new film.
But Beyond Best Evidence is a film that I believe should be made, because I think we need an informed and intelligent discussion of all of the possible explanations for the UFO phenomenon, and we just haven't had that yet. I've managed to make all of my previous UFO-related films under the traditional system (pre-license from a broadcaster, with various government investment and tax credits), but things have changed since 2007 in terms of the kind of programming that is getting funded in the traditional system, and Beyond Best Evidence is a film that requires a new way of getting it done, because it doesn't fit the "reality TV" box that the networks are looking for these days. In short, it requires a community of people who believe that the project has merit, and want to help make it happen outside the mainstream system, at whatever level they can contribute.
So, Tim and I are asking for your help to make this film happen. In return, we'll put together a groundbreaking film that draws on our 20 years of combined experience dealing with the UFO phenomenon and the media. That's our guarantee to you, because that's our vision, and that's how we roll!
P.S. If anyone has any questions about Beyond Best Evidence, feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.