Opinion: 'Fursonas' is the film we need
If any of you readers are like me, then you only follow Flayrah when it comes to furry news. I saw an article shared around a year ago about furry music, and that's how I found this site.
But amidst the posts about cons being cancelled and the abundance of Zootopia reviews came a shining light no one saw coming. Mostly because even on a site about the very subject it is meant to educate on, it got no attention.
This film is Fursonas, a documentary about the furry lifestyle. A detailed look at the friendly fandom that CSI ruined public perception of all those years ago, such that we still feel repercussions today. It wasn't until my best bud crossaffliction mentioned this movie in, of course, a Zootopia-related post that I became aware of it. I started to dig, and realized what a gem we'd been missing.
Dogpatch Press (who I've now since started to follow alongside Flayrah) posted an incredible article on this film, which I suggest all members read, as this post is just to drum up hype for this film. One line from that article holds substantial water for me; Zootopia is the film we want, but Fursonas is the film we need.
This couldn't be more true. We got so lost in the sensationalism of a mass-marketed Disney flick made to sell toys that we overlooked something that could change our world forever. For as much as people toted Zootopia as the savior of the fandom, it seems we've been following a false prophet, whose mere existence is for profit. Fursonas took top honors at the Slamdance Film Festival, and was picked up for distribution; a major first for the fandom.
In a non furry way, it reminds me of some of those famous Internet conspiracies. Like when Miley Cyrus did her shtick at the MTV Video Awards a few years ago, and people were freaking out when at the same time Barack Obama introduced new bills that went nearly unreported by media. It seems kind of like that, but I want to give this film the attention it deserves.
We have a movie made about us for the purpose of educating and correcting a mistake made over a decade ago. A movie about real furries should be shared with the entire fandom. For as much as we may love dancing tigers, they aren't going to stop people from thinking the way they do. That was a cartoon; this is a passion project. It's incredibly rare in today's world to have something made of sheer passion without corporate influence.
So I beg and implore you all; please see this movie. I know after seeing a certain Disney movie multiple times your wallets may be drained, but just try. This is a very significant movie directed by one of our own, Dominic Rodriguez, a.k.a. Video.
This could be the movie that parents see when they Google what it is their kids like, this could be the positive force to drive a new generation of furs when they go online to find out more. This is so important we can't quite grasp it at the moment since we're all already in the fandom. Start telling people you know about this movie, tell everyone. Build the hype!
Just see it!
I'm going to be doing a Q&A with the director and possibly documentary subject Boomer the Dog, so be sure to stay tuned for that. And feel free to comment any questions you may have about this movie.