We Are Not Monsters: A Film

Student filmmakers Ethan Sigmon and Sam West are working on a documentary that portrays atheists as the good people we are — not the evil ones we’re made out to be. Their film is called “We Are Not Monsters” and they’re trying to raise the money they need to make this project great.

A clip called “Revelry” is below. The more personal stories begin a little after the 2:00 mark:

We’re both broke college students. We’ve financed this entire project ourselves. Our gear, our interviews, our travel, and we will continue to do so, with or without our goal.

If you like what you see, consider donating to the project!

(Thanks to Jennifer for the link!)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • Joe Zamecki

    Whenever I hear a Christian mocking or lashing out against us, I am always reminded of something I had to hear in church quite a lot, put to music:

    “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.”

    It was supposedly an axiom for Jesus’ followers to follow long into the future, laid out by Jesus himself. They often forget that he was supposed to be a loving, peaceful person that they should also aspire to be. We know better, but it ought to be enough to make them reconsider their lashing out against us – deep inside their brain, not so you’d really know it. lol

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke, Blonde

    it makes me very sad that today’s america is so backwards and willfully self ignorant that it has lost sight of the fact that the rest of the first world (do we even get to claim to be part of that anymore?) has Moved On. religious belief is declining, rapidly, in every place where most people own a computer, understand what “solar panels” are, who have studied physics, history and evolution… 

    more americans need to travel to asia and europe. where theocratic nonsense is viewed for what it is, a sad joke of the sadly ignorant. which destroys society, and dampens economic competitiveness. which fosters hatred and discrimination and violence. what do you want to be, america? a backwater third world country run by a handful of rich families and state sponsored religious institutions, constantly warring with neighbors of a “different faith?” or embracing the modern era, where diseases are cured, men and women are equally educated, and freedom is afforded to all, of all beliefs? is so very, very sad that this sort of question is even debated in our society. but i know why it is, and a lot of that has to do with the way americans have ironically embraced a rather, ahem, “soulless” capitalism and consumerism in which there is no true moral and intellectual grounding, not even in masters like Russell or Hume. our masters, and their puppet politicians of all parties, merely want to use religious rhetoric to control us. and too many people love their church TV and regional/militaristic propaganda and all the rest of the mental and physical addictions and poisons to fight for what our ancestors did, and had, that was good. so we’re losing it. all of it. right before our very eyes. there’s a good chance a guy who believes that magic underwear will earn him an immortal sex planet will be our next national leader. because a lot of people are willing to vote for him, here. 

    all because it’s more important to say the pledge of jeebus at a city council meeting than it is to regulate for proper water quality in our municipalities, and because too many of us would rather save that mile of driving and shop at WalMart, instead of patronizing the locally owned family store that charges a buck more for superior goods. you get the democracy you strive for, and this is/was ours. it won’t last that much longer. we’ll have no one to blame but ourselves. 

    • Blacksheep

      “…which destroys society, and dampens economic competitiveness. which fosters hatred and discrimination and violence. what do you want to be, america? a backwater third world country run by a handful of rich families and state sponsored religious institutions, constantly warring with neighbors of a “different faith?” or embracing the modern era, where diseases are cured, men and women are equally educated, and freedom is afforded to all, of all beliefs?…”-

      I agree with all of your points about losing what we have, walmart instead of local, etc. But I disagree on some other points, especially blaming faith for becoming a lazy, non-thinking country. And when it goes down hill, you are absolutely correct: we will have nobody to blame but ourselves.

      Econmics:
      Our current econmic issues have nothing to do with religion. In fact, aside from Germany, the much more atheist EU is in economic shambles. (Countries like Norway, with 5 million citizens and offshore oil, are fine – but that has nothing to do with religion either).
      -
      Warring with different faiths?
      Not really, we’re not warring with Hindus, Mormons, or Quakers, we’re warring with people who are using terrorism daily to push their views (Backwater views, exactly those you are describing, by the way) on the world. I’m against most of those wars, but lets be honest – they are not “because of faith”
      -
      Diseases cured? 
      “The United States is far and away the leader in medical innovation, measured either in terms of revenue or the number of new drugs and devices introduced. The United States accounts for three quarters of the world’s biotechnology revenues and 82% of world R&D spending in biotechnology…”
      -
      Equally educated? 
      One issue facing universities today is that more women than men are qualifying for admission, and some are setting up quotas for men.
      “Since 1988, the number of females in postbaccalaureate programs has exceeded the number of males. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of male full-time postbaccalaureate students increased by 38 percent, compared with a 62 percent increase in the number of females. Among part-time postbaccalaureate students, the number of males increased by 17 percent and the number of females increased by 26 percent.”

    • starskeptic

      Well said…

  • Octoberfurst

     I find it both very irritating & somewhat amusing that so many people think that atheists have no morals, are nihilistic and  don’t have the right to be considered “real” Americans.  It’s like you HAVE to believe in some sort of deity to be thought of as a good person. That you can’t possibly be anything less than an ax murderer if you don’t believe in God.  I just roll my eyes when I hear believers say such things. It’s all such nonsense.  We don’t have horns on our heads & carry pitch-forks.  The overwhelming majority of us are peaceful, law-abiding citizens who care deeply about others & want to make the world a better place.  I hope this film helps open people’s eyes.

  • starskeptic

    Horrible title – never call up the frame you’re trying to negate. What’s next, “we are not crooks”?

    • Sven

      Agreed.  It puts atheists on the defensive when that shouldn’t be the case.

    • http://www.holytape.etsy.com Holytape

      Better than their first title “A surprisingly statistically significant proportion of Atheists don’t, in fact, eat babies alive.”

      • starskeptic

        Honestly – I like that better…

  • http://www.facebook.com/libbiegrant Libbie Grant

    Beautiful film!  I have contributed.  I know first-hand how difficult it is to get an atheism-positive message recognized in the arts in America.  My novel about an atheist was rejected 83 times.  Good luck to the film-makers!  I can’t wait to see the finished film.

  • Gooner

     Wow, I’ve been thinking about making something similar, or writing a screen play about the same thing. But I don’t know the first thing about film, so best left to these guys. I will happily support.

  • Robyman4

    It’s very simple: if you’re mature and responsible and have character and integrity, you can be good and do good and thereby earn (some) people’s respect on the basis of what you do, not what you believe. Forget those who don’t comprehend that – they are not worth your time. I went to a private U (in Waco, TX) for two degrees and had one or two bad experiences along with one horrible fallout that I can only presume was due to the ideological difference (that person literally never spoke to me again), but oh well, that’s how it goes sometimes - like I said, I know with calm, quiet assurance that I absolutely do not need people like that in my life. In spite of their faith, all they do is bring me down. Who needs that?


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