X = A Generation Evolved is a documentary about Generation X. It’s filmmaker Rakeda L. Ervin’s report on the culture and politics of my generation. Last fall, the Austin-based documentary team hired a local film crew to interview and videotape me for the project.
You know what that means don’t you? I totally stressed out about my hair and makeup.
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 (pretty please) 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 project:
|Filmmaker Rakeda L. Ervin|
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.
I’m in a documentary about Generation X, people. This is crazy. I appear in the above clip toward the end. I just know Rakeda will be successful with this project. She’s so bright and I deeply admire her fortitude, and the intellect and creativity she’s poured into this project. I wish her the best and thank her for allowing me to be a part. If I win the lottery, I’m on this funding thing like charm on lucky!