I don’t know if you know this about me, but I have a small obsession with media literacy. I think that in our constantly overstimulated, high media world, it’s super important to understand how the media can effect the way we view each other and ourselves. This can especially be true for young boys and girls.
So, I was excited to find out that the creator of one of my favorite documentary films on media literacy, has started a Kickstarter program to help fund her next film, The Mask You Live In. Unlike her previous film, Miss Representation, Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s newest project will focus on an exploration of masculinity. Often times, we’re so focused on how women are represented in society, we sometimes forget that young men are also forced to prescribe to a preconceived notion of what it means to be masculine.
Miss Representation changed my life. It changed the way I watch television, it changed the way I treat fellow women, and it changed the way I look at my own career paths and goals. I’m a strong believer that documentary film can have a lasting impact on people, and The Mask You Live In has an amazing opportunity to reach a often neglected group of young men who struggle with how to represent themselves on a daily basis.
To donate to the finishing of The Mask You Live In, check out their Kickstarter here.