This is my first experience being in a documentary. I’m only slightly self-conscious being in the mix with such quintessential Gen Xers as Mayor Cory Booker, Newark, New Jersey (!); Jeff Gordinier author of X Saves the World: How Generation X Got The Shaft, But Can Still Keep Everything From Sucking (!!) and Helen Childress, Reality Bites screenwriters.
The project is pretty far down the road. Plans are in the works to air it on The Documentary Channel once it’s completed. To do that, the project needs to complete a final leg of funding for things like license fees, music and footage. They’re trying to do that through crowdsource funding on Kickstarter.
You can pledge your support by selecting a contribution level (even $10). If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal of $10,000, your credit card will be charged and your perks awarded. If the project falls short, no one is charged. Unlike some crowdsource funding sites, funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing.
Here’s a little more about the Generation X Documentary film project.
Filmmaker, Rakeda L. Ervin (she is so accomplished!) began researching her generation about five years ago. During the process, she found very little information about generation X. Most of the research linked Gen X to the 90s era when words like slacker and apathetic were commonly used to describe the generation.
“Shortly before the 2008 presidential election, Rakeda set out to update the generation’s history with an educational profile, covering active political years of Gen X. The documentary serves as a timeline, highlighting cultural and historical events that shaped the generation’s politics during those years. Rakeda interviewed Xers and others across the nation to discuss the topic.