GTFO Documentary Gets Fully Funded

May 6, 2013 -

GTFO, a documentary about sexism and harassment in the video games industry and within the gaming community has surpassed its funding goal of $20,000. With four more days to go, the documentary has managed to raise $23,829 from just 882 backers on Kickstarter. The documentary is being put together by New York-based filmmaker Shannon Sun-Higginson, who describes herself as a casual gamer.

"The purpose of this documentary is to reveal the experiences of women in the gaming world, both good and bad, as well as to provide steps we can take to change the environment for the better," according to the Kickstarter page.

Funding is being evenly divided amongst various costs including shooting expenses, post-production, licensing rights for gaming footage and images and promotional materials.

The campaign officially ends on May 10.

While one would expect there to be a lot of negative comments on this Kickstarter, it turns out the response seems to be mostly positive. It is our hope that this documentary does what it promises: provides a picture of both the good and bad in the industry and also the good nature of the gaming community. While the darker side of the community often gets more exposure, there are plenty of people out there that understand - that just like the make-up of the Internet - that not everyone has a mentality towards gender that is fit for the stone age...



Re: GTFO Documentary Gets Fully Funded

I havent heard of Shannon Sun-Higginson and I can't seem to get any information about her past work nor anything about her background so I don't know how this will play out.

I'm just really hoping that this documentary does as it promises and shows the positive parts of the gamer community. I also hope they don't interview women calling themselves "Girl Gamers" and hound about 'just because im a girl....' or 'i wanna proove that girls can play games too'

I'm a girl and I find that ridiculously annoying. There's only 'GAMERS' out there. No gender specification is required.

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Hopefully this will be more honest and insightful that Anita Sarkeesian's video "series".

Seriously- she raised 25x the funds needed to make 13 videos, and in one year she's produced... 1. Which was deconstructed in rather short order.

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Hey, you can't criticize a feminist!  That makes you a misogynist!  :P

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You're right, I -can't- criticize her- she blocks the comments. :P

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Weird.  You'd think she would let the trolls go ahead and comment, and use the comments to further her own point.

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That's a distraction though. If we based the decision on the responses to her Kickstarter, there would be zero room for real conversations and debates. The comments will be flooded with comments ranging from "get back in the kitchen", "make me a sammich" and "I hope you get raped." That just drags the value down far below just turning off the comments.

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Right, I don't mean use the comments as in replying to/debating them, I mean use the comments as in "see what a bunch of vicious slugs these guys are?"

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