“I hope you are well and thank you for getting back to me. The documentary we are hoping to make is a collaboration with the community where hopefully Otherkin / therians have a voice to be able to tell their story and be able to express themselves in order to educate the general public.
My interest in the Otherkin community stems from a development idea our NY office came about and we as the London office are now elaborating on and taking over the idea for a UK channel. The idea of the documentary is to allow individuals an outlet to tell others about themselves. The general public find cultures and communities that differ from the norm an interest and hopefully we can create an outlet for the community to educate an audience. Initially I am looking to speak to be about the community and learn however furthermore to ask individuals to take part in the show and express themselves. Our documentary will not be a comedy, laugh at them, scare documentary. It will be observational and insightful into the community and attempt to give an understanding of Otherkins.
We are not asking people who don’t want to be involved to be involved. We don’t want to “out” anyone not wanting to too tell their friends, families and loved ones. We feel the Otherkin community has not been (fairly) represented in the media and there is a misunderstanding of the community, they are often linked with furries and labelled wrongly.
We are going to create a fair and honest representation of the community and in an ideal world take some UK contributors over to the US in order for them to meet their counterparts and maybe the individuals who they speak to regularly online. This will be an observational documentary where the Otherkin will have opportunity to tell there story, explain there feelings and talk about the culture, community and perceptions that already exist.
I hope this goes some way of explaining what were doing and in part answer some of your questions. I am still desperately trying to source and speak to UK Otherkin who are interested in taking part and if you know of any one who may be interested it would be great if you could put me in touch with them?
p.s here are a list of generic questions I have been asking people it would be great if you get a minute if you could answer them?
What is your Therian/ otherkin name?
What is your therian/ otherkin identity?
How old are you?
When did you awaken / discover your therian identity?
When did you awaken?
Where abouts are you based?
Is there much of a Therian / Otherkin community where you are?
Are there meet ups?
How does the community differ to the states?
How prominent is the online community to therians / Otherkin?
Does your identity ever become physical attributes?
Some Otherkin / therians have tails / teeth that make them feel more like there Otherkin / identity – is this the same as you or do you differ?”
Honestly? This sounds OK to me.
Admin’s note: If we can believe them/trust them. I definitely recommend reading this link before anyone takes part in anything. http://otherkin.livejournal.com/546207.html
I would advise people to run far, far away from this “Joe from TV” person.
See, it’s not interesting if they show Otherkin living ordinary lives, going to work and doing laundry and stuff. They don’t want that. They want circus freaks. They want people who run around biting strangers’ ankles on the street. So they’ll take clips of what was said out of context, do no research whatsoever, edit it together, and end up with something like:
“Otherkin are freaks who live in mountain caves away from human society. An otherkin can change into their animal form during full moon, which is when they are particularly dangerous. Otherkins can mate with humans, but the child is usually a horrible mutant. Easter is a very important holiday for Otherkin because that is when they wake up from hibernation and lay sparkling pink eggs in the woods.”
Ugh. So yeah…be careful talking to the media. Especially media that’s related to the National Enquirer variety.
The submission about the TV Program? It was found that this company had partnered with the National Enquirer in the past…so be careful if you are interested? There’s a thread on Werelist with more info.
Edited to add:
I’ve been a member for a long time so I have no idea if you need an account to view or not.
I’d like to submit that if we want a documentary made about otherkin, we do it ourselves. We make recordings and videos, we submit our writing and artwork and the like, and we have one of our own edit everything together into a documentary. Then, if we want it to be widespread, we do it through a more trustworthy channel, like PBS.
Admin’s note: This is a great idea, and actually I recently mentioned this to a friend, who said that they might be interested in doing the filming part. I should talk to them more about this.
My name is Joe and I am writing from Zigzag Productions, we are making a documentary for a UK television channel following the lives of Otherkin. In the documentary we are looking into the World, what it means to be an Otherkin and bringing this to the attention of the public. I understand that this is a way of life for Otherkin and our documentary will be exploring, following and introducing the World to Otherkin.
I would love to talk to you about Otherkin just on the phone at this moment to talk through the Otherkin community what it means to you and if you would be interested in potentially taking part. I am still currently learning and researching the project and would love any information you may have from your point of view.
I hope this email finds you well.
Admin’s note: I would always be careful with documentaries like this, mostly they want to make a sensation of our lives… but this was submitted so I am publishing it.