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A documentary about basic income and humanity's quest for survival: Past, Present and Future
(Currently in production. Previous working title: The Mincome Experiment)
A concept infographic to be turned into an animated Basic Income Maslow Hierarchy for the documentary.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Milton Friedman on Basic Income Guarantee
Whether you have heard of Basic Income or not, this independent film project will tell you an important story about the Mincome experiment.
An increasing number of economists worldwide are backing this concept, of guaranteeing every person enough money to survive on, as the solution to the socio-economic challenges of our time. Such a concept probably creates questions, doubts, or concerns in your mind like everyone else who has first heard of this.There are a lot of people who don’t understand why these economists would back it.
The documentary will look at many claims about Basic Income. Will it eliminate poverty? Make government smaller? Make public services costs cheaper and more efficient? Will it promote arts, culture and technological innovation? Or increase the number of businesses? Will it be a better replacement for our current welfare system? And lower the health care and criminal justice cost? Is it a viable solution to impending job displacement due to the breakout of cheaper and more advanced automation and artificial intelligence?
Or perhaps it will lead to laziness? Stealing money from hardworking people and giving it to “free loaders”? Would it lead to inflation? Lead to loss of workers? Could it lead to loss of revenue for government, and hence money for any public works and projects? Or induce massive loss of jobs in public services? Would it have negative effects on housing affordability and the current disability benefit? Cause economic collapse because, “how the heck can we afford a countrywide giveaway?”
Mincome is the term used for a Canadian Basic Income experiment in the 1970s where everyone in the town of Dauphin, Manitoba was guaranteed an annual income. The experiment was backed by different levels of government. So what happened to it and why haven’t you heard about it?
Our project dusts off the records in the archives by revisiting them with experts who have gone back to review the 1970s data from the completed but unanalyzed experiment.
Papers have been written that get economists from around the world excited. Please allow us to present the results in an entertaining full length documentary. Equipped with the same data the economists have, you can decide for yourself whether Basic Income is the solution for our time or not.
The first of its kind, the documentary takes the viewer on a journey into the history of the basic income experiment in Dauphin, Manitoba, diving deep into the results and why the project was eventually abandoned. Drawing from the Manitoba example to worldwide case studies, the documentary also covers the history of guaranteed income from ancient to modern times, discussing the different perspectives on the costs and savings associated with a various types of Basic Income.
Delving into leaders who have supported the concept of Basic Income or Guaranteed Income with names of backers that will surprise you. What drives these prominent historical figures from across the political spectrum to support such a system?
But this is as much a story about the past as it is about the future.
Why do we need your help?
We are passionate about this project and believe it has the ability to change lives and perceptions. We could have easily made this as a low budget documentary but we want it to be as entertaining as it is informative. We want it to reach as large an audience as we can in as many parts of the world as possible.
We need funds to bring the right people and team on board. We have already committed our own funds and combined with funds raised in this campaign, we can create an engrossing and captivating independent film to fascinate the world and make it a widely discussed documentary.
Our $30,000 base goal will enable us to create an entertaining documentary similar to the crowdfunding trailer. Some of the best documentary are acclaimed for their visuals first, and content or topic second. To produce the captivating visuals for the storyline, to backup the case of a documentary, would normally cost hundreds of thousands. We are confident we can do an entertaining piece under microbudget condition. But the more funds we get the more we can push the envelope to get the acclamation that will draw large audiences to watch the documentary.
Now is the time for a detailed and honest analysis on basic income — the interest and momentum is growing around the world. There is increasing support from policymakers and ongoing debates about implementing pilot projects, which means we want to release this film as soon as possible.
Why crowdfund through Kreytor?
Kreytor.org or "Creator's Node" was created by filmmaker as a platform to crowdfund a project at very low cost. For independent filmmaker, every dollar counts so the high transfer fees, platform / services fees, payment charges could take a huge chunk out of the much needed cash. This is why Kreytor.org was established on July 1, 2012 and have been under development and beta testing since then.
Aside from crowdfunding, Kreytor.org aims to be a platform to curate and showcase all forms of creative works, including civic and journalistic works (to be featured and produced under Civic category). Kreytor will also be used to produce and support films that could change the world. The Mincome Experiment is the second production following the recent completion of the short film Trauma.
Stock footage and soundtracks produced during production will be made available if possible as we build a database of stock footage, sounds, and images. The goal is to share these creative works as stock archives that filmmakers could use. Any profit or payment for commercial use going directly to the artist, cutting out the middleman and their percentage commission or service fees. The footage and sounds or images produced for The Mincome Experiment will be shared as stock archive if possible. Ultimately it will depend on the artist we work with or whose work we license from. The artist reserves the right to decide how their work are distributed and shared, and will have the final say. For the soundtrack used in this crowdfunding promo video, this was a collaboration between the director and Paul Cecchetti of www.paulcecchettimusic.com and we are making this music available for non-commercial use. For commercial use please contact us.
We have been working on this documentary for several years now and conducted our first interview and fact finding on 2013. We are advancing the production with an aim to complete it this year. The interviews are done but more footage and post-production works needs to be done. Your help will help us complete this project sooner rather than later.
2017-05-03 Video clip of interview with Hon. Hugh Segal, Former Conservative Senator, Master of Massey College (University of Toronto), Special Advisor for Ontario's Basic Income Pilot.
Hon. Hugh Segal talks about the bias against Basic Income by some people from both the left and the right.
You can read the discussion paper prepared for Ontario's Basic Income pilot >>here<<.
2017-05-15 Update: Final crowdfunding cut-off date updated to account for campaign rollout date in western Canada.
2017-05-29 ‘Mincome Experiment’ documentary will investigate 1970s experiment (Article published by Basic Income News)