August 8, 2011. As some of you may have noticed, “At Home in Maine” is undergoing some changes. I’ve spruced up the look of the website a bit (got to love that paisley!) but more significantly, I am in the process of transitioning the “At Home in Maine” series to Video on Demand (VOD). Soon, all the films will be available to watch via rental or purchase (as a digital download). So far, “At Home in Winthrop”, “At Home in Waldo” and “At Home in Orland (#2)” are all viewable through VOD. In the coming weeks, more films in the “At Home in Maine” series will be available via VOD.
It is a big change and one that I took a lot of time to research and consider. I found a great new online distribution service, “filmDIY” that is making this possible. Education, information and inspiration are important goals of this project–and accessibility is a key value. However, I have to make a living, too! I’m graduating from my Master’s Program at U Maine in a few weeks! So, far I have created 11 films for this series–mostly with out-of-pocket resources. I want to keep doing the work I’m so passionate about and sustain the “At Home in Maine” project. Revenue from VOD will generate resources to keep adding to this body of work–presenting more diverse representation of families choosing homebirths, midwives, locations in Maine and a variety of homebirth experiences. The prime goal of “At Home in Maine” is to help educate women and their partners about the choice to have a homebirth–with the intention of increasing access to information about this choice. The recent CDC report about the 20% increase in homebirth credits the “subculture of white women” as responsible for this increase. I’d say much of this has to do with the Internet–and the vibrant online Natural Birth Movement, which is making it easier for women to share their stories and learn about their choices in childbirth. “At Home in Maine” is part of that Movement, which aims to transform the way birth is seen and done (especially in the US). To help “normalize” the choice to have a homebirth.
The “At Home in Maine” films make a great gift for expectant parents and an excellent educational tool for childbirth educators and doulas to present what homebirth looks like–and just as important, what normal, natural, vaginal birth looks like. The films make an excellent addition midwives’ lending libraries. And to midwifery and nursing schools and women/gender/cultural studies program collections, as well! At $4/4 days for rentals and $14 per film (be in touch if you want to purchase the whole series, I offer “bundle” discounts), I’m working at maintaining a balance between accessibility and affordability. Digital downloads can be burned to disc–or even uploaded to your own secure servers and/or video-sharing platforms (for academic/educational use only–meaning not available to the general public).
Please spread the word about this series! I also have launched a Kickstarter campaign, as well, to generate more resources to sustain the work I’m so very passionate about! Over the next few months, I will also be screening films from the series in various communities. The screenings in Belfast in April and Brunswick in July were sold-out shows! Won’t you consider please supporting my work with “At Home in Maine”–via renting/purchasing films, donating to the Kickstarter campaign, scheduling a screening–or just spreading the word about this work?
A sincere “thank you” to those that have done so already–in ways large and small!
Hope you’re having a great August!
Peas and carrots,