Potter seeking support for historical science film
by Ralph B. Davis
MAYTOWN — Floyd County resident Scott Potter is asking the public to contribute to the production of his first film, a documentary about the history of science and mathematics called, “The Prophets of Revolution.”
Potter, who has written extensively on scientific and philosophical subjects, says the documentary is the natural outgrowth of an unpublished manuscript he has written on the same subject, also titled, “The Prophets of Revolution.” He hopes to release both works at the same time.
In an effort to raise cash for the project, Potter has created an online campaign on crowdfunding website IndieGoGo. He is seeking $20,000 to help pay for technical aspects of the film, travel and a gathering of experts to engage in a free-form discussion on scientific and educational subjects.
Under the crowdfunding model, a large number of people contribute small amounts to help meet a preset goal. If the goal is not met or exceeded, the project is not financed and the donors are out nothing.
In exchange for making a contribution, donors typically receive perks, based on their level of support. In Potter’s campaign, a $10 donation earns the contributor a letter of thanks, while a $25 donation earns a DVD copy of the finished work. There are higher level perks, including a chance to contribute to the film for a donation of $1,500.
Thus far, fundraising has been slow, but Potter says that is typical early in a campaign. He expects the bulk of pledges to come in the final two weeks of the campaign, which has seven weeks to go.
Auxier resident Johnny Spurlock, who Potter said is lending his support to the project, says he believes “Prophets” has the potential to answer many significant questions.
“Potter’s ‘Prophets of Revolution’ is philosophically interesting, penetrating and deep,” Spurlock said. “It helps us to pierce through the superficiality of our postmodern society and culture with critical reasoning. It ponders the question, ‘Is the reality we humans perceive real?’ and offers techniques on how to change our perceptions so that we may better survive the road of life. He clearly points out that ignorance is the problem, and that the solution is awakening, which is achieved through knowledge. Potter’s essay is about questioning political authority and becoming unplugged from our consumer-driven culture by pursuing enlightenment.”
Potter has not yet set a release date for the film. In the event fundraising for the film is successful, most of the perks offered have an anticipated delivery date of July 2014, but Potter says he hopes to have most of them completed by the end of this year.
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