A couple of hours ago, I received word that Kickstarter had rejected my application for crowd-funding. According to the letter: “Unfortunately, this project does not meet our guidelines. Projects on Kickstarter cannot offer self help. This isn’t a judgment on the quality of this project, just a reflection of our focus.” Here is the full letter screencapped:
For the life of me I can’t figure out how anyone could consider our project self help. Let me briefly tell you about the project.
The project, Stolen Moments, is something I’ve been working on for the past few months with my friend, Andrew Koch.
It’s a simple idea. Everyone has a story to tell. Our stories are made of a special moments throughout our lives. Stories come from both the good and bad moments. Yet, due to abortion we’ve lost millions of potential moments in our lives. Moments that would be part of our story. Moments that were stolen from all of us.
We want to share through a series of short videos some of those moments we’re all missing because of abortion. It’s an idea I’ve fallen in love with and I think once you see what God has laid on our heart to create you will as well.
It’s thrilling to be at the point where we have a great crew assembled and to be ready to raise the funds. We were all set to launch and then got this upsetting news.
I love Kickstarter. If you look at my profile then you’ll see I’ve backed over two dozen campaigns in the last couple of years. They pioneered crowdfunding.
*Update: Red, White, Blue, & Green has ended their Kickstarter to stand in solidarity with StolenMomentsCampaign.com
What worries me though is not only can I not understand their reasoning for rejecting Stolen Moments, but they also happened to reject another film that has some talk about abortion in it. I’m hesitant to call it a pro-life film because I don’t think the creators would consider it as such.
The team that did FrackNation is looking to make a documentary on the abortionist and serial killer, Kermit Gosnell. For those that haven’t heard about Kermit Gosnell it isn’t really a surprise. He slaughtered thousands of born babies after they were born. This is a story that needs to be told and deserves your support.
Apparently you’re allowed to discuss incest and porn, but Kickstarter isn’t a fan of people telling the true story about babies being ripped apart after birth.
Here is a segment on Fox News discussing Kickstarter giving them the boot.
Like the Gosnell Movie creators we’re really happy there are great alternatives to Kickstarter out there. While I’ll keep supporting my friends and artists that use Kickstarter we’ve moved our campaign over to Indiegogo.
Indiegogo acts a lot like Kickstarter where you have the perks for giving, but they do have the flexible funding option where you can collect funds you raise whether you hit your goal or not (they do take a larger percentage if you don’t hit the goal).
I moved our campaign to Indiegogo word for word from Kickstarter. The only changes were taking out the “How Kickstarter Works” section and tweaking our “short description.” You can be the judge of whether it was really “self help.”
Here is a link to our Indiegogo campaign:
or you can go to http://StolenMomentsCampaign.com
Indiegogo is a great site, but a bit less known so we need your help to spread the word. Our goals aren’t massive. Even at the highest stretch goal we’re only at 5% of the Gosnell Movie’s goal. Help us spread the word. If you know any conservative or pro-life bloggers send them a link to this article and they can e-mail me at info@HigherHopeFilms.com or on twitter @JasonVaughn
Thanks for reading, sharing, and giving, but also thank you for praying. We need the money for the project and know that will come, but your prayers are even more coveted and precious to Andrew and I.
Every dollar, share, RT, and prayer matters and with your help we’ll be able to tell the stories that show every life matters.