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Desc:Some guy in Minnesota started a Kickstarter to make a documentary about Crazy Gail (for reals).
Category:Educational, Trailers
Tags:paranoid schizophrenia, Gabrielle Chana, kickstarter, Gail Chord Schuler, Church of Gail
Submitted:sasazuka
Date:04/02/13
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MissLadyArtemis
I am so adding the Church of Gail to my list of religious persuasions. I want this documentary to be, and also hopefully to be as good as it looks!
sasazuka
I'd only donate to the Kickstarter if they bring on the real Brent Spiner to shatter all of Gail's illusions and tell her directly that everyone she talks to online is just a troll cruelly milking her paranoid schizophrenia for lulz.
sasazuka
Oh, before I forget, Kickstarter link:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/220161736/the-church-of-ga il-the-story-of-gail-chord-schuler?ref=live

0 raised out of a ,000 goal as of this writing.
Spaceman Africa
This can only end in tears.
Riskbreaker
This money should be use to put this woman in a mental institution, just saying.
Blue
Why? How would that be any better for her?

Mr. Purple Cat Esq.
Whats the deal with Gail, is she functionally insane? Does she support herself? I can totally see her working away in the local council payroll office or somesuch

Mr. Purple Cat Esq.
Her house looks tidy... Way tidier than mine :)

misterbuns
if i werent maxxed out with work I'd make a documentary about this guy making a documentary of GCS.

firstly because the idea of someone trying to represent her is more interesting than representing her herself, secondly because i could just do it better.
badideasinaction
I learned, though trying my own expedition into attempted gonzo journalism/documentary work, that to do this sort of work, you have to essentially be a sociopath. You have to befriend, gain the trust of, document, and then possibly tear to shreds the person in the public eye. With rare exceptions nowadays it's all about getting the moment where it all comes crumbling down on camera. I got the first part down pat, but the second part had me trying to write about the good parts, realize nobody would give a fuck, and bailing.

If he was doing his job, he'd film as a personally videotaped message from Brent Spiner was shown to her saying she needs psychiatric meds, just to watch her break down and then justify it a few minutes later as a Jesuit trick and her shoving the camera guy out the door. His crowning achievement gained by preying on a mentally ill woman for laughs. And if you have any sense of decency, you'd probably feel some bit of shame for doing this.

If I was ever to do a film documentary, it would be following people who want to do this stuff, because my remorse would probably be muted in that case.

misterbuns
i generally do music videos and genre stuff, i've never done a doc, but I have wanted to.


I was actually thinking about doing a tandem doc about chris chan and GCS, but have the doc be mostly about the people who troll them and the dependency they have upon each other and the internet equally.

GCS and Chrischan are themselves not that out of the ordinary: madness is ordinary as Bukowski said. What makes the story interesting is how their madness effects other people through the internet and how these people in turn effect her.

The true story, I believe lies with the people behind this drama: they are the subjects just as much, if not more than GCS and ChrisChan.

I am too busy to make this film, though. I floated the idea by some of the people who produce for the Duplass brothers but nothing came of it.

misterbuns
postscript: the documentary ethic you're suggesting here is pretty invasive.

reality tv =! documentary.

what you do when you make a decision to directly effect your subject's like in that matter is say "my subject isn't actually interesting enough, there is no story here. let me create a plot point."

that is sociopathic and usually lazy, bad storytelling.

misterbuns
er *subject's life

badideasinaction
I'd beg to differ that it's reality TV alone. It still comes as part of how you report what you find. In my case, it was intended more as written, so it's entirely left up to the subjective view of the author how (and this was more about a community) how you characterize the community by the positive and negative outliers within it. And with video, you still have a choice on where you point the camera, and whose answers make it to the final cut.

I do agree that documentary has been tainted by the need for "the money shot". People laugh about Geraldo Rivera opening Capone's safe and finding nothing, and yes, he is a sensationalist ass who got what he deserved there, but that's the true risk of documentary - sometimes you find nothing. When you're starting with a rather broken subject, you know at some point you have to suppress your sympathy for this person, because they already have enough rope to hang themselves, and you really don't need to give them any. The Brent Spiner video idea was hyperbole, but you know sooner or later, with the help of editing and time, you'll get that winning broken person shot.

In my case, it came down to whether I wanted to paint the community with the brush of a couple of truly delusional people and maybe make some sensationalist work, or have a piece about the pluses and minuses of this particular group and have something I knew no publisher would ever accept. It would have burned far more bridges, and I wasn't okay with that. I had the trust of all of the above and I didn't have it in me to pull the trigger on it.

If you end up with any empathy for the subjects it will distort your end result. One dream outcome of the Chris-Chan doc would be having the trolls' lives or emotional state be shown to be worse than Chris', but that's a brutal thing to have to commit to film for the public to see, no matter how bad the people are.

misterbuns
I can't disagree with you more.

There is a difference between propaganda and documentary. Propaganda begins with a narrative and edits content to construct that narrative. Documentary resists entering a subject with any narrative (sometimes this is hard) and endeavors to find the story / drama and document it.

I think your idea that "sometimes you find nothing" is really poisonous to documentary story telling. Just because you didn't find the story you hoped to find doesn't mean there isn't a story there, and certainly doesnt mean you should interfere with your subjects lives to create it. (this is why id like to document this guy making this film) It is your job as the filmmaker to find the story, find the meaning and convey it. The only assumption you should have going in is: there is a story here and I need to find it.

as for your specific situation it sounds like you had pressures from producers or clients that kept you from doing what you wanted: which is sometimes just the way it goes.

memedumpster
Every documentary is indistinguishable from every nature show. Place living, screaming food on camera, film predators killing it. This is no different.

Aelric
Is there absolutely no curation at kcikstarter? Does anyone check these before launching them?

This lady is perhaps the saddest thing on the internet to me and I find the idea of some asshole making K off of her sickness, promoting her delusions and laughing about it totally disgusting.
Nikon
Agreed - she's mentally ill and needs help.

sasazuka
The Kickstarter seems to have vanished. Doesn't seem that anything will ever come out of this. The Jesuits win again. ;-)

sasazuka
And, now it's back. I got a 404 when I tried it a minute ago, using the link I gave here, but using the link from the Youtube page itself got me there.

misterbuns
you have to delete the 20% that gets popped in here by ebil html

sasazuka
No, the problem with the link I gave is that there's a gap, probably an auto linebreak.

badideasinaction
The Jesuits put that %20 in there to throw you off the trail... they're crafty like that...

Prickly Pete
I had never heard of this woman until this. Just like the Jesuits wanted!
Jet Bin Fever
I don't think she does much harm to herself or anyone else on her own. I just wish she could get off the internet and enjoy her fantasy life in peace away from trolls and unkind attention.
Blue
For the people that think this woman needs help - what makes you assume she isn't getting help? She's currently on Seroquel. She's doing well on it.

The drugs aren't magic. They don't always get rid of the delusions. For her, at least, they seem to help her enough that she can be a functional adult.

Like it or not, this is one of the good outcomes. She believes things that are not true. So do all religious people.

She shouldn't have to be locked away just to protect other people from having to acknowledge her existence.
memedumpster
If she is seeing a professional that allows her whole internet life to happen, that professional needs to lose their license and spend time in jail.

dairyqueenlatifah
And just because you're functionally sane doesn't mean you don't still believe in crazy shit. Look how many otherwise normal, down to earth sane people believe shit like Scientology.

BorrowedSolution
meme: you're assuming said professional knows about her internet life, and she's a paranoid schizophrenic who probably has difficulty opening up to people.

dairyqueenlatifah
I would totally give money in a heartbeat to a legit campaign to produce a documentary about this woman because she fascinates me and I never get tired of the shit she talks about.

Unfortunately this is just another trolling project and any money given to it will be given in vain.
Thorpenstein
Maybe you should read the guy's Kickstarter goals before you judge the nature of the project.

misterbuns
PS i have a pastebin with this asshole's dox on it if anyone wants in.
Spaceman Africa
You probably should send a few pizzas his way

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