This post is part of the Fellow Writers Blog Hop, which takes place on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. This month’s prompt is “Inspiration.”
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At the end of November, 2010, I wrote a post called Succulent Wild Woman: Beth Mairs. That was not long after I started my blog, and I showcased Beth as a woman who inspired me. (That’s her on the left with her partner, Betty Ann. Don’t they look like they’re having fun?)! At the time, Beth had just sold the outdoor adventure company she founded some twenty years earlier and was re-inventing herself as a filmmaker under her new company – BAM North Productions. It’s barely been six months since then, and Beth is already thick in the promotion and shooting of her second film, Awaiting Atwood.
What inspires me most about Beth is her fearless sense of vision. Awaiting Atwood is being marketed as a feminist adventure film parody, and it’s been blessed by Ms. Margaret Atwood herself, award-winning author of numerous books, including: Edible Woman; Alias Grace; and Lady Oracle.
The film is about two middle-aged women who mistake an obvious prank for the truth. They set off for a summer of adventure believing their literary and feminist icon, writer Margaret Atwood, has invited them to stay with her in downtown Toronto. Themes from Ms. Atwood’s best-loved novels are peppered throughout the film.
With a little less than two months to go, the film is hoping to raise a total of $8000 to help cover production costs. I’m donating my book, Fall into Winter, as part of the incentive prize for anyone who pledges $100 toward the film’s campaign. There are also options to make donations for less with excellent perks.
Independent films start with big ideas, a burning desire to tell a story, and little budget. What Beth and her team have done in a short time is incredible and inspiring. Visit Awaiting Atwood on the Indie GoGo page and watch the hysterical trailer. If you think this is a worthy project, please help by making a donation or spreading the word via Facebook, Twitter, and e-mails. No gesture is too small, and every little bit helps.
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