Atheist Documentary ‘A Scarlet Letter’ Looks for Funding

John Jennings and Nyssa Senzig are the producers of a new documentary called “A Scarlet Letter“:

A Scarlet Letter explores the stigma surrounding the word “atheist,” a word often associated with immorality, anger, and… devil-worship? Yet, despite its stigma, nonbelief is the fastest growing “religious” segment in the American public. This documentary explores why atheists are choosing to stand out against religious intrusion in public life while showing the human face of atheism. It examines the question of why so many people are passionate about a negative.

Looking through the lenses of agnostics, humanists, secularists and atheists, the film examines how non-belief is stigmatized, why it matters, and the importance of visibility. It also seeks to correct misconceptions while continuing to foster growth and understanding of the nonreligious community.

While the movie is mostly completed, the filmmakers are still looking to add music, graphics, animations, obtain licensing/permissions, and they’re hoping to raise enough to submit the movie to sites like Netflix. If you can help out, consider chipping in to their Indiegogo campaign — they are hoping to raise $13,000 and they won’t get anything unless they hit that amount.

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.

  • GracieGrrrr

    This is fantastic!!!!

  • Kevin_Of_Bangor

    Looks awesome and I hate to say this but it was nice to see it wasn’t filled with just white people.

    • Chas Swedberg

      I agree, the second one particularly.

  • Keyra

    Being louder than anyone else doesn’t mean, “fastest growing”. Yet evangelical atheists are fulfilling (or trying to) a Biblical prophecy at best. It may seem atheism is “at an all time high” because nonbelievers nowadays are more louder & more vulgar about their nonbeliefs. People become believers as quickly as other people become atheists; it’s always been like that, nothing new. It may seem this way in America, but not the world

    • JohnnieCanuck

      Self delusion. You are doing it quite well.

    • Kevin_Of_Bangor


    • Taneli Huuskonen

      I have a most excellent used car for you, and I’m also a prophet. Behold, there will be liars and scoffers calling the car a rusty POS or worse. When they show up, remember my prophetic message and pay no heed to them.

    • Tobias 27772

      I am reading a book right now – “Sacred and Secular” by Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart that provides academic evidence that world-wide, as mankind’s technical progress makes people’s lives less existentially insecure, the propensity to believe in various religions is reduced. America is an outlier in this pattern. The trajectory of the retreat of religion is generational and is effected somewhat by the historical interaction between the dominant religion and the culture as a whole. One of the takeaways of the book is that if you really want to increase secularism in the world, the best way may be to help people in less developed countries gain existential control over their lives – reproductive control, clean water, sanitation, medical expertise, nutrition, and stability in general.
      Here in the US the situation is much less studied and understood, although some of us are working on that. Anyway, you might want to check the book out. It’s academic, but it’s not that tough a read and it really brings the larger issue into focus (at least for me).

    • baal

      “Yet evangelical atheists are fulfilling (or trying to) a Biblical prophecy at best.”
      While I understand you’re delusional, we aren’t guided by the bible.

    • allein

      more louder?

  • m6wg4bxw

    It looks interesting. The second trailer is much more enticing to me. The collection of people in the first one seems very A-plussy. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I can’t deny finding it off-putting.

  • Jesse Cooper

    I think you may have mixed up Indiegogo and Kickstarter here, Hemant. Indiegogo lets you keep whatever you make whether you reach your goal or not.

    • JP Jennings

      Hi Jesse! I’m John, the director of the movie. Thanks for your interest! It’s true that Indiegogo gives you the option of keeping what you make even if you don’t make your goal. However, we didn’t choose that option. Because we wouldn’t be able to fulfill our perks unless we raised that minimum amount, we set it for fixed funding. If we don’t raise our goal, we return everyone’s funds. :-)