Marina of Big Moves — even if you don’t know Big Moves, and you should, you’ll remember her as the author of “28 Days to a Bikini Mind” — wrote to us today with a request for support. Here’s her email:
Here’s the deal. We’ve been going to the Montreal Fringe Festival for the past three years, getting better and better audiences, etc. This year, everyone was like, are you going to any other Fringe festivals? You should totally go to other Fringe festivals! And we, swept away by some excellent net buzz (http://www.montrealfringe.ca/en/spectacles/lard-grease-thicker), were like, hey, why not?
Well, it costs money, and we need homestay everywhere we go, and etc…. But this year we thought we’d give it a shot. We’re creating an all-new camp-themed spring revue for Boston called Fat Camp (“leave your baggage at home”), and then we’re taking it on the road. We’re investigating everything from the relatively sedate ThreeFer East Canada version (Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto) to the full-on Party-Size SixPak (those three, plus Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton). In the SixPak, we have further options for doing appearances in CHICAGO and/or Minneapolis (I did say CHICAGO, didn’t I?).
Every Fringe that we do costs about $2500 to put together, plus there’s the 205 gallons of gas per car for the 6 pak tour. So, we’re looking for folks in those cities who would be willing to help…
1) find us groups or organizations that would put up some money (in Montreal we got two donations this year from two queer student organizations).
2) organize a fundraising event or online campaign for us
3) find us a producer (in Chicago or Minneapolis) for early to mid-August that would pay us for doing our own show or participating in someone else’s showcase.
4) do serious homestay!
5) just outright donate money.
If you can give in-kind contributions — time, contacts, organization help, space in your home — email Marina, marina at bigmoves dot org. If you can donate money, go here. Big Moves is an amazing organization and is doing so much to shatter myths about fat people (while having a great time and being artistically awesome in the process), so let’s help get them as much exposure as possible!