J.M. Frey

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Why I’m happy to SKIP ENDER’S GAME

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On November 1st, 2013, I am proud to say that I will be participating in SKIP ENDER’S GAME.

Where: Glad Day Book Shop, 3rd floor event space
When: November 1st, 7pm-9pm

RSVP here.

The lovely GEEKS OUT is coordinating a continent-wide series of parties, each hosted at a different venue in different cities, where LGBTQA artists of all stripes will be doing readings, screenings, musical performances, and many other fun things.  I think this is a great idea, because not only is it asking people to skip the film, but this way people will be exposed to lots of other fantastic artists whose beliefs and work support the queer community.

However, since announcing that I will be appearing at SKIP ENDER’S GAME TORONTO, I’ve had a few questions about why I’m supporting this event, and why I’ve chosen to boycott “Ender’s Game”.  To make things easy, I thought I’d answer those questions here.

If you have more questions, I’m happy to answer them, but I’d like to keep the tone respectful, please.

Also, there’s a really thorough and thoughtful set of FAQs on the official Skip Ender’s Game site, so I really encourage every one to read that.

#1 What about all those people who worked on the film? They won’t get paid if we don’t go.

 They’ve already been paid.

As someone who works in film, let me clarify: Everyone who works on making a film who did not risk their own money gets a paycheque for their work. The final result of the box office does not affect the pay of the actors, the camera man, the crew, the caterer, the wardrobe department, the locations scouts, etc. They get paid their weekly allotment as they’re working on the film, just as anyone else might if they work in retail, an office, etc.

The only people who get a share any of the box office money are the people who put money into making the film - the studio, the funding agencies, the granting agencies, and the executive producers.

Sometimes, like in the case of the Sherlock Holmes films and Robert Downey, jr, an actor can sometimes also be both the actor and one of the executive producers.

In the case of “Ender’s Game”, Card was one of the executive producers. Obviously, I haven’t seen his contract, but as an executive producer, he is in all likelihood going to be getting a cut of the box office, residuals, and possibly things like DVD/Blu Ray/Digital Download sales, and merchandise sales.

And I, as a queer woman, choose not to put my money in his pocket, no matter how small that percentage will be.

But the people who worked on the film? They got their paycheques last year.

They’re all working on different films now.  And if “Ender’s Game” gets no sequel deal, or no other OSC books are made into films, then they’ll find other work. There’s always work in Hollywood. There’s always a hundred thousand other films in the pipeline, just waiting to be greenlit.

A failed box office for “Ender’s Game” does not affect the workers of Hollywood.

A failed box office for “Ender’s Game” also sends a pretty clear message to any studio who was ever thinking of working with OSC again: This Man Is An Unwise Investment.

#2 Why don’t you want your money to go to OSC?

Think of it as a personal choice.

  I am a queer woman. Orson Scott Card is a man who has publically stated that I am a) confused and unhappy simply because I am queer, b) not a real person and that my sexual identity is just deviant behavior and not really a part of who I am and c) that he would applaud violent action taken against any government that will grant me personhood. (See here for citations and quotes.)

If I go to see Ender’s Game, the money I pay to see the film will end up, in whatever small a percentage, in Card’s pocket. Orson Scott Card was not only paid for being the original writer of Ender’s Game, as a producer on the film he gets a take of residuals, royalties, and box office. He will then take my money and use it to continue to fund organizations that deny me my rights as a human being and citizen of a democratic country, and will further demean, bully, slander me, and spread hateful doctrine that could possibly lead to me being physically harmed, raped, or murdered.

So, no, no thanks. I don’t think I’ll be going to see “Ender’s Game”. It’s a personal choice.

#3 But what’s your issue with the movie? There’s no anti-queer stuff in the book/movie.

I’ve never read the book “Ender’s Game”, so I can’t comment on the content.  I have read OSC’s “Enchantment” and found that I really liked the cleverness, the word and world crafting, and could forgive the misplaced minor misogynistic moments. That’s why it made me all the more disappointed when I learned of OSC’s personal view of, well, me.

 I had to stop purchasing his work, because I couldn’t justify my money going into the pocket of an egregiously anti-queer activist. ESPECIALLY considering that I make an effort to include characters of different orientations, races, and genders in my own novels.

 I work hard to use my work to respectfully uplift and celebrate the very people that OSC personally reviles and publically condemns. I can’t comment on whether I find his work contains the same vitriol that his public articles, blog posts, and statements have, because I have, on moral grounds, refused to read and/or purchase it.

 Which is a real shame, because I hear “Ender’s Game” is an excellent read.

#4 You can’t tell me what to do! You can’t tell everyone to boycott a film!

I’m not telling you what to do. I’m stating why I’ve made the choice I’ve made. I hope that you consider my points when you make your own choice, whatever it may be. 

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Sympathy for the Daleks
 
 
Lyrics:
What did the Daleks ever do to you?
What makes us so much badder than that meddling doctor… who?
We’re little more than garbage cans that barely reach your knees
With bodies made of tin-foil and some flashing LEDs

We’d like to get to know you better
We think it’d be great
It really means “I love you” when we say *EXTERMINATE*


What is your big problem with the dark lords of the Sith?
Those pesky rebel Jedis like to spread this hurtful myth
The Force Choke and the Deathstar were unfortunate mistakes
And the footage of the Ewok thing was obviously faked

We’re really not so bad you know
We’re good guys, through and through
And if you search your feelings, you will know it to be true


We Cylons are misunderstood, it’s a fact you can’t deny
We’re just another human scheme gone terribly awry
You built a master-race of robots, for to be your slaves
And somehow you assumed we’d acquiesce and we’d behave

But we’re willing to forgive you all
For holding us in thrall
And you can take our word - so say one, so say we all


You hate the Borg collective; have you stopped to question why?
Just ‘cause we assimilated some uptight, bald British guy?
Our story-lines made Voyager an unexpected hit
And do we even need to bring up Jeri Ryan’s *ahem* …implants?

We’re the best addition to the franchise since Wrath of Khan
Resistance isn’t futile, it’s just highly frowned upon


Well the Daleks are cool, the Sith are all right, the Cylons are okay and the Borg are pretty tight.
If you take a look around I think that you’ll come to see, we really are superior, so sing along with me:


Bow down before the one you serve
You’re going to get what you deserve..
 
 
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Credits

from For The Record, released 03 April 2012 
Lead Vox & Rhythm Guitar: Alex James
Backup Vox & Lead Guitar: Sean May
Bass, Percussion: Theo Posthumus
Additional Vocals: Theo Posthumus, Rory & Julie Taillon, Matt & Ange Darling

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The TARDIS Attends a Party

Model: J.M. Frey (with Rob Emry as Jackson Lake)
Costume (The TARDIS Gown): designed by J.M. Frey; built by Ashley Katryna and Kenneth Shelley
Parasol: Hand Dyed to match the costume by Bedford Falls Headware
Jewellery: J.M. Frey and Red Moon Creations
Photos: Christine Mak and Rob Emry
Taken at FutureCon II.

More Photos:

More Photos:

The TARDIS is in Two Eras At Once (1890 & 2013)
The TARDIS Visits the Seaside (circa 1890)
The TARDIS Loves Instant Photos (circa 1970)
The TARDIS Attends A Party (2011)
The TARDIS Gets Cheeky (2013)
The TARDIS Steals a Time Lord and Runs Away (1963)
The TARDIS Comforts the Lonely God (1987)
The TARDIS Shows Off (Costume Details)
The TARDIS Picks Her Favourites

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The TARDIS Visits the Seaside

Model:
J.M. Frey
Costume (The TARDIS Gown): designed by J.M. Frey; built by Ashley Katryna and Kenneth Shelley
Parasol: Hand Dyed to match the costume by Bedford Falls Headware
Jewellery: J.M. Frey and Red Moon Creations
PhotosVlade Shestakov on a Vintage Camera
Taken at Toronto’s RC Harris Water Treatment Plant

More Photos:

The TARDIS is in Two Eras At Once (1890 & 2013)
The TARDIS Visits the Seaside (circa 1890)
The TARDIS Loves Instant Photos (circa 1970)
The TARDIS Attends A Party (2011)
The TARDIS Gets Cheeky (2013)
The TARDIS Steals a Time Lord and Runs Away (1963)
The TARDIS Comforts the Lonely God (1987)
The TARDIS Shows Off (Costume Details)
The TARDIS Picks Her Favourites

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Leaving Mundania explores the colourful lives of “cosplayers” who express their fandom through costuming and roleplay.

Through candid footage and in-depth interviews, Leaving Mundania offers an intimate view of this colorful fan culture, revealing how cosplayers stand apart from the “mundanes” of the everyday world.

This was shot in and around Toronto, Ontario and the Anime North Convention, where it also premiered in 2009. I appear as their academic expert (I did my undergrad thesis on anime).

Film by Jiro C. Okada

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Leaving Mundania explores the colourful lives of “cosplayers” who express their fandom through costuming and roleplay.

Through candid footage and in-depth interviews, Leaving Mundania offers an intimate view of this colorful fan culture, revealing how cosplayers stand apart from the “mundanes” of the everyday world.

This was shot in and around Toronto, Ontario and the Anime North Convention, where it also premiered in 2009. I appear as their academic expert (I did my undergrad thesis on anime).

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The whole documentary is now online, so you can WATCH THE WHOLE FILM HERE.

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LESlieVILLE is…

…a story about connection, attraction and navigating between lust and true desire. It’s the story of two girls meeting, clicking, but one is already in a relationship. Still, the two carry on with their “friendship” firmly wrapped up in denial about what they’re really doing - falling in love.
 
Watch this great webseries here. If you’re in Toronto, join us at the Launch Party on February 6th.

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