July 12th, 2005

MASINACAT'S FURRY DOCUMENTARY

I have been making a documentary about Furries and want to clear any confusion between my film and that of Kitsune Kiyoshi who is also making a documentary. These are two completely separate projects.
The information about my film can be read at MASINACAT.BLOGSPOT.COM.

I also feel the need to share a few words about my documentary in relation to what Kyoshi has said about mine.
When I first heard about Kyoshi’s project, my attitude was that there is plenty of room in this big world for both of our films, and I expressed that to several furs who asked me about it. I never said any word or had any need to undercut or undermine his project in any way.
Kyoshi, unfortunately, did not display that same attitude toward me.

Months ago I wrote an extensive proposal telling the furry community about myself, my intentions, my feeling of responsibility toward the community, my awareness of negative media portrayals, and my desire to make a PRO-FURRY sensitive documentary that would reflect FURRIES’ visions of themselves, to give voice to moderate furs and highlight the many aspects of furry that the media has ignored.

Kyoshi also saw the need to write a similar proposal, and I think that’s great- and- especially in his section “furs I’d like to interview section” he used language similar to language that I’d already used and even mentions the same article by Postvixen (“Sitting on The Third Side of the Fence”) that I referred to as expressing my approach to the film and my philosophy about life in general.
However, I am disappointed and frankly, irked, to see that part of how he defined his project is by linking to my film as an example of something that furs would be mistrustful of regardless of my good intentions.
WHILE KYOSHI'S ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT MY DOCUMENTARY MAY COME FROM AN UNDERSTANDABLE PLACE, THEY ARE INACCURATE.
He lumped me into the same category as Rick Castro and claimed that only extreme furs would participate. I think that’s pretty uncool. His gesture creates an environment of competitiveness and pawswiping, and that’s not the kind of maneuvering that I want anything to do with.

As I’d already stated, IF I’D WANTED TO DO ANOTHER MTV/CSI FREAKSHOW, IT WOULD BE VERY EASY- IN FACT, MY FILM WOULD ALREADY BE FINISHED BY NOW!
HIS ASSUMPTION THAT ONLY THE MOST OUTSPOKEN EXTREME FURS WOULD BE INVOLVED WITH MY PROJECT IS JUST FLAT-OUT INCORRECT.
I’ve demonstrated my awareness of the sensitivity and very understandable mistrust that furries have of any media representation, and I feel protective of my own integrity as well as that of the near 150 wonderful furs that have in some way been involved in my film and have been so incredibly generous to give of themselves.
ALMOST ALL THE FURS I HAVE EVEN TALKED WITH ARE MODERATE FURS. (Which, I must say is ironic, since Kioshi has featured Sibe in his film- which is his prerogative, but then it seems dubious for him to pride his film in comparison to mine on the merits of his claiming to portray moderate voices!)
I made it clear that my desire is to do something very different from MTV/VF etc, to make a positive, pro-furry, intelligent, sympathetic film. I have no illusions about being ‘objective’, I feel there is no such thing- and made it clear that my stance is extremely empathetic and pro-furry.

My film is meant to give a voice to moderate furs and an accurate portrayal of furs across the whole spectrum, and that is what I have been doing.
I do not deny that the task is a daunting one- and it is especially so because I want to portray the fandom in a positive, accurate, complex way- this is a thorny path because of the sensitive issues involved. Again, if I wanted to only focus on the extremes, I’d be done by now and would have moved on to the next slaughter.


I also take issue with the assumption that I would give simplistic sound-bite interviews etc. I think the proposal I wrote months ago demonstrates that I am interested in a much more complex and in depth exploration of furry. Google me, (Marianne Shaneen) look at my fiction writing. I don’t think simplistically, that’s pretty much the opposite of what I’m about.

Kyoshi, I don’t take any issue with your film or your stated intentions. I only ask that you do not use me as an example of something negative based on empty assumptions. (Making simplistic assumptions is precisely the same kind of thinking that has hurt the fandom in the past). Please have some respect, and do not take a swipe at my project in order to make yourself look more legitimate.
I’m not interested in competing with you. It’s too bad that you set up an opposition between our projects, because I liked many things about your proposal, and I would like to have, as I initially did, a positive generous spirit about the absurdity of having two furry documentaries in the works.

In any case, I do wish good luck to you and your project, insofar as it benefits the fandom. (Though now I do have to insist that you please remove the images of my face, uncovered, that you used without my permission, from your trailer).