BREAKING: Yes Men Director Kurt Engfehr To Focus On Empathy In New Doc!
Here's something really exciting. After years of working on a series of awesome and award-winning documentaries, from co-producing and editing Farenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine, to co-directing Yes Men Fix the World, and Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, filmmaker Kurt Engfehr has chosen a solo directing project, examining what he terms the "empathy deficit" in society today.
Apparently Obama coined the term "empathy deficit" in a 2006 speech, and now Engfehr wants to dig deeper into this concept, through his new doc Stand In My Shoes.
Alongside filmmakers Anna Reeves, Elizabeth Nakano and Vivienne Somers, he will examine everything from internet trolling to sterile corporate culture to find out exactly what is behind this noted decline in social empathy. Ahmed Salama, who executive produced last year's viral hit The Tunnel, is on board as executive producer.
The film will seek $50,000 of its $1.2 million budget through Kickstarter, with this crowd-funding effort starting on August 23. Until then you can check out the website linked below, and sign up for updates about the film. If I'm reading this correctly, one lucky person who signs up early and then shares the film news around with the most people actually has the chance to join an open spot on the film's crew. How's that for genuine crowd-sourcing!
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