Artistic Documentary Project Seeking Therians & Otherkin

MarieElisaScheidt-DocumentaryVampire Community News (VCN) is passing this media solicitation along to those in the Therian and Otherkin Communities who may be interested in participating:


Dear Therians and Otherkins,

My name is Elisa and I’m a film student from Munich, Germany. I’m looking for open-minded people who would like to be part in an artistic documentary project, my first feature-length film called “Seven curls for the untamed”. My current research is on the borderline between human and animal nature, and I’m looking for stories of people who feel connected with their animal nature, of men and women who live and even play with their inner wild side. The project encompasses otherkin culture, modern dance, rewilding projects and people who live off the grid. I don’t want to make a documentary that explains what all those concepts mean and how they relate, but I want to make a semi-fictional film that will crystallize the process of and desire for being wild and will combine the real and the mythical, the visceral and the abstract. I’m thinking about telling those little micro-stories in video loops and connecting them through a spiral-like narrative.

My major inspiration was J. H. Ballard, he writes: “The suburbs dream of violence. Asleep in their drowsy villas, sheltered by benevolent shopping malls, they wait patiently for the nightmares that will wake them into a more passionate world.” I’m interested that the idea of “wilderness” as a completely human construction. I’d say that any frontier between human and animal nature is imaginary. We are animals, and the behaviors we deem unique are nothing but “fancy” ritualized animal behaviors. And while this may sound bad for many people, as they’d feel offended to be “compared” with animals, for me i find this thought very comfortable and quite obvious. Even our most complex expressions of love and emotion and science, in the end, have deep and critical animal elements. In part people fail to acknowledge this, I think, because they fail to appreciate the complexities of animal personalities and emotions and minds. they have this distant tv-based perception of animals, and/or are biased by their experience with domestic animals (which have been selected for thousands years to be infantilized in their appearance and behavior), and have no idea how we are the same as those domesticated animals and they are the same as us. The distinction that humans are different because they are rational, or because they are artistic, or etc, is just a monstrous oversimplification of “animal” nature and of art itself, in my opinion.

If you want to know more about my work, check out:
http://www.marieelisascheidt.com

Please email me if you are interested or have any questions.
I would love to get to know you!

Thanks so much and best wishes,

Elisa

mail@marieelisascheidt.com

16 July 2013

Global V.D.T.O.R.S. Community Directory – July 12, 2013 Update

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If you are reading this post and identify as either a Real Vampi(y)re, Donor, Therian, or Otherkin you are strongly encouraged you join the Global VDTORS Community Directory by completing the Sign-Up Form located at the following link.

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The Global V.D.T.O.R.S. Community Directory is now 100% updated through July 12, 2013.  More than 1,302 Vampires, Donors, Therians, & Otherkin + Researchers & Supporters have joined from nearly 60 countries!  The next major update will occur in mid-August or early September 2013.  We have fully implemented the Unique Identifier (UID) and Regional Contact System which will provide secure contact options for those who desire such while limiting outward-facing identification risk.  If you’re a VDTORS participant please check your e-mail for the link to the private UID submission portal or contact us at VVCNotification@gmail.com.  The main directory map is best viewed in full screen mode and refer to the symbol legend for more information.  We’ve also streamlined the database chart into PDF format for faster page loading and mobile accessibility for this latest July 2013 update.

One of the benefits of this directory is that it can be ported to virtually any geovisualization platform and once we cross the threshold of approximately 1,750 or so participants we can begin more advanced geovisual analytics and modeling.  We will soon be able to extrapolate average age differences between communities and different areas of the World, highlight regions of greater concentration of sanguinarian versus psychic feeding vampires, overlay existing census data of large population centers onto our own ‘hot-spots’ of activity for comparison, examine geographic pockets of therian and otherkin concentration as compared to Howls, Packs, and established groups, and countess other statistical points of interest.  It should go without saying; but if you know any Vampi(y)res, Donors, Therians, and Otherkin who have yet to sign up for the Directory please point them to the Sign Up Form — for example once we receive approx. 35-50 additional therians/otherkin (exclusive) we’ll be providing split maps exclusively for these groups.  As the Directory grows so shall the amount features we’ll be adding.

Global V.D.T.O.R.S. Community Directory – Geographical Maps & Database:
http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/projects/globaldirectorydatabase.html

Global V.D.T.O.R.S. Community Directory – Sign Up Form:
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GLOBAL V.D.T.O.R.S. COMMUNITY DIRECTORY MAP
http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/Directory/GlobalDirectoryMap.html
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General Statistics – July 2013:

GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION:

48/50 U.S. States + District of Columbia & Puerto Rico
59 Countries

68.6% – U.S. (893)
31.4% – Non-U.S. (409)

Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, & Venezuela

IDENTITY TYPE DISTRIBUTION:

Vampi(y)res:  1,010
Donors:  256
Therians/Therianthropes*:  176
Otherkin*:  283
Researchers/Supporters (Exclusive):  49

* Includes all self-identified (T/O/VT/VO/VTO) Therians, Otherkin, Vampire/Therian, Vampire/Otherkin, & Vampire/Therian/Otherkin combinations.

GENDER DISTRIBUTION:

38.7% – Male (504)
57.2% – Female (745)
4.1% – Transgender/Other (53)

AGE DISTRIBUTION:

1982.63 – 31 Years Of Age

Global V.D.T.O.R.S. Community Directory – Looking To The Future

GlobalVDTORSCommunityDirectoryAltLogoGLOBAL NOTICE TO ALL VISITORS:

If you are reading this post and identify as either a Real Vampi(y)re, Donor, Therian, or Otherkin you are strongly encouraged you join the Global VDTORS Community Directory by completing the Sign-Up Form located at the following link.

Sign-Up Form: http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/projects/globaldirectory.html
Maps & Database: http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/projects/globaldirectorydatabase.html


The Global V.D.T.O.R.S. Community Directory is now 100% updated and operational as of June 1, 2013.  More than 1,144 Vampires, Donors, Therians, & Otherkin + Researchers & Supporters have joined from nearly 60 countries!  The next major update will occur July 1, 2013.  We have now implemented the Unique Identifier (UID) and Regional Contact System which will provide secure contact options for those who desire such while limiting outward-facing identification risk.  One of the benefits of this directory is that it can be ported to virtually any geovisualization platform and once we cross the threshold of approximately 1,750 or so participants we can begin more advanced geovisual analytics and modeling.

We will soon be able to extrapolate more precise age differences between communities and different areas of the World, highlight regions of greater concentration of sanguinarian versus psychic feeding vampires, overlay existing census data of large population centers onto our own ‘hot-spots’ of activity for comparison, examine geographic pockets of therian and otherkin concentration as compared to Howls, Packs, and established groups, and countess other statistical points of interest.

Global V.D.T.O.R.S. Community Directory – Sign Up Form:
http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/projects/globaldirectory.html

STATISTICS AT A GLANCE:

59 Countries/Territories Represented

67.5% – U.S. (772)
32.5% – Non-U.S. (372)

Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, & Venezuela

IDENTITY TYPE DISTRIBUTION:

905 – Vampi(y)res
224 – Donors
146 – Therians/Therianthropes*
245 – Otherkin*
42 – Researchers/Supporters (Exclusive)

* Includes all self-identified (T/O/VT/VO/VTO) Therians, Otherkin, Vampire/Therian, Vampire/Otherkin, & Vampire/Therian/Otherkin combinations.

Self-Identified Vampi(y)res Breakdown:

36.46% – Psychic (Psi/Pranic) Vampires (330)
40.99% – Sanguinarian (Blood) Vampires (371)
45.86% – Hybrid (Psi/Sang) Vampires (415)
35.91% – Sexual/Tantric Vampire (325)
23.87% – Living (Spiritual/Magick) Vampi(y)res (216)

Self-Identified Donor Breakdown:

63.39% – Psychic/Pranic Donor (142)
80.80% – Sanguinarian Donor (181)
49.55% – Sexual/Tantric Donor (111)

Self-Identified Therian & Otherkin Breakdown:

Amur Tiger, Angelkin (4), Anthropomorphic Wolf, Artic Wolf, Black Jaguar, Canis Lupus (Cladotherian), Cat (3), Celestial Polykin, Clouded Leopard (2), Common Raven, Coyote (2), Deinonychus (Raptor), Demon (14), Dire Wolf, Dog, Dragon (7), Eastern Coyote, Elf (2), Elohim Seraphim, European Wildcat (Felis Silvestris), Extra Terrestrial, Fae (10), Feline Therian (2), Fictionkin, Fox, Gray Wolf (2), Hybrid Mutt, Jaguar, Jinn, Leopard, Lizard, Lop Eared Bunny, Lycan, Mixed Kin, Multiple System (2), Panther, Part Iron-Wood Jotun Giant, Peregrine Falcon, Phoenix (4), Polymorph (2), Polyshifter, Polywere, Raccoon, Red-Tailed Hawk (2), Rough-Legged Hawk, Scrat (Hermaphrodite Goat), Shapeshifter/Changeling (2), Siberian Tiger, Sidhe, Snow Leopard (4), Succubus, Tiger, Tundra Wolf, Vulpinthrope, Were-Tarantula, Werewolf (6), Winged Human, Wolf (16), & Not Specified (##)

GENDER DISTRIBUTION:

38.6% – Male (442)
57.3% – Female (655)
4.1% – Transgender/Other (47)

U.S. Breakdown:

36.4% – Male (281)
58.2% – Female (449)
5.4% – Transgender/Other (42)

Non-U.S. Breakdown:

43.3% – Male (161)
55.4% – Female (206)
1.3% – Transgender/Other (5)

AGE DISTRIBUTION:

1982.33 – 31 Years Of Age – Overall Respondents (VDTO)

1981.88 – Vampi(y)res (Exclusive)
1982.12 – Vampi(y)res (Inclusive of D/T/O)
1981.36 – Donors (Exclusive)
1981.77 – Donors (Inclusive of V/T/O)
1986.08 – Therians/Therianthropes (Exclusive)
1985.00 – Therians/Therianthropes (Inclusive of V/D/O)
1983.51 – Otherkin (Exclusive)
1983.43 – Otherkin (Inclusive of V/D/T)

* The year listed above is the averaged year of birth for the respective respondent identity group.

If you know any Vampi(y)res, Donors, Therians, and Otherkin who have yet to sign up for the Directory please point them to the Sign Up Form – we rely on you to distribute this information to the various forums, groups, websites, and closed communities who may not be aware this project exists. If you have already signed up at a prior date please do *NOT* do so again as this significantly slows our processing time.  Once we receive approximately 50-75 additional therians/otherkin (exclusive) we’ll be providing split maps exclusively for these groups.  As the Directory grows so shall the amount features we’ll be adding.

Global V.D.T.O.R.S. Community Directory – Sign Up Form:
http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/projects/globaldirectory.html

The following information is important to understand so that you can accurately read the maps and legend provided at the Geographical Maps & Database link below. It’s necessary that you look at the legend on the right-hand side of the map (the one that lists all the cities and other data) combined with the large chart at the bottom of the web page. Multiple individuals within the same city (latitude/longitude) will show on the map as the same point but as larger points on the frequency map. We’re searching for time-effective methods for altering this in the future that don’t involve changing latitudes/longitudes for everyone manually. Spending a few minutes playing around with the maps, legend, and chart will answer most of the questions you may have and be sure to click points on the legend for a pop-up window of each participant showing feeding method, identity type, and theriotype/kintype as applicable.  If you’re unsure of your own personal Unique Identifier (UID) number or have any other questions please let us know via e-mail at VVCNotification@gmail.com

Global V.D.T.O.R.S. Community Directory – Geographical Maps & Database:
http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/projects/globaldirectorydatabase.html

Global V.D.T.O.R.S. Community Directory Map – Quick Reference:
http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/Directory/GlobalDirectoryMap.html

Global V.D.T.O.R.S. Community Directory – UID & Regional Contact System:

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– Merticus

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Introducing The Global Vampire, Donor, Therian, Otherkin+ Community Directory

GlobalVDTORSCommunityDirectoryAltLogoGLOBAL NOTICE TO ALL VISITORS:

If you are reading this post and identify as either a Real Vampi(y)re, Donor, Therian, or Otherkin you are strongly encouraged you join the Global VDTORS Community Directory by completing the Sign-Up Form located at the following link.

Sign-Up Form: http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/projects/globaldirectory.html
Maps & Database: http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/projects/globaldirectorydatabase.html


We are proud to announce the the official public release of the Global V.D.T.O.R.S. Community Directory!  At the link below you will find the most current Identity Type Distribution and Frequency Distribution geographic maps for the 1,036 Vampi(y)res, Donors, Therians, Otherkin, Researchers, and Supporters who have signed up for the Directory as of May 19, 2013.  Anyone signing up for the Directory after 2 PM ET May 19, 2013 will be included in future updates.  If you have not already joined we highly encourage you to do so by visiting the sign-up form linked above (Note; please do NOT complete the form again if you have already done so – if in doubt please e-mail us and inquire).  As more participants join we will be unveiling additional features, demographic correlations, layered map renderings, and other components (once we attain 250+ exclusive participants for both the Therian and Otherkin communities we will provide joint and separate maps for more streamlined viewing along with theriotype(s) and kintype(s) added to the description fields where applicable).

Vampires and donors (+ therians and otherkin) who have requested to be placed in contact with others in their geographic areas will receive instructions via their primary e-mail address on or about May 31, 2013 detailing the specifics of the UID Contact System mentioned in the Database page linked below.  Please review all materials, legend descriptions, database chart at the bottom of the page, and take advantage of viewing the maps in full screen mode.  This has and will continue to be a labor of hundreds of hours of data compilation, revising, double checking for duplicates/misspellings, correlations, etc. and we appreciate any donations you are able to send to keep Merticus well stocked with coffee and libations.  This project will evolve and grow based on the involvement of the communities represented so if you are aware of individuals or groups who have yet to complete the sign-up form please give them a friendly nudge.  Thank you!

Global Community Directory – Database & Geographic Maps
http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/projects/globaldirectorydatabase.html

Global Community Directory – Sign-Up Form
http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/projects/globaldirectory.html

Examining A Documentary For The Therian & Otherkin Communities

OtherkinClapperboardVCN is acting as a neutral party in this discussion by hosting these polls so that the Therian and Otherkin communities may better understand and evaluate their position and/or opinions on media depictions of their subculture(s).

Therians & Otherkin;

After viewing the Logo TV Documentary which aired in the United States on April 23, 2013 entitled ‘What!? I Think I’m An Animal’, please rate your overall satisfaction and opinions in the following three (3) polls.  We ask that you only answer Polls I and II if you have viewed the documentary; otherwise please skip to Poll III.

Logo TV Link:
http://www.logotv.com/video/what-i-think-im-an-animal/1706138/playlist.jhtml#vid=902354

YouTube Video Links:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMaXxnSTd4g
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIdYZhAbGaY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMXoHdLm9WU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fS33GYiQxf4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZkgURMQbZE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYxCunWU0QM

Poll I:

How would you classify your overall satisfaction level with the documentary?

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Poll II:

How would you classify the accuracy of representation for the overall Therian & Otherkin Community (macro, not personal gnosis)?

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Poll III:

Please answer each question pair - 1, 2, 3, & 4. *Results: Reference raw vote total per question choice, not percentage.

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The results of these polls are provided in real-time so that you may discuss these topics at length via Therian and Otherkin forums, groups, chats, and other social mediums.  We’re merely facilitating the quantification of opinions — we leave it up to you to decide where things go from here.  We wish your communities the best of good fortune heading into the future!

Global Vampire & Donor+ Directory Update & Geographic Breakdown

GlobalDirectoryConnectionsGLOBAL NOTICE TO ALL VISITORS:

If you are reading this post and identify as either a Real Vampi(y)re, Donor, Therian, or Otherkin you are strongly encouraged you join the Global VDTORS Community Directory by completing the Sign-Up Form located at the following link.

Sign-Up Form: http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/projects/globaldirectory.html
Maps & Database: http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/projects/globaldirectorydatabase.html


Directory Registration Geographic Breakdown As Of April 17, 2013:

452 – United States of America (~47/50 States)
36 – United Kingdom
25 – Canada
18 – Germany
15 – Russia
13 – South Africa
12 – Italy
10 – Denmark
9 – Australia
8 – India
6 – New Zealand
5 – Austria
5 – Netherlands
4 – Norway
3 – Brazil
3 – Greece
3 – Mexico
2 – France
2 – Iraq
1 – Iran
1 – Egypt
49 – Other Countries*

34.1% Non-U.S. (234)
65.9% U.S. (452)

INFORMATION:

– The Global Vampire & Donor Community Directory will officially launch May 1, 2013 (it may take up to one week+ to initially contact everyone, but if you’ve completed the FORM LINKED ABOVE you will be contacted during the month of May, this is a massive undertaking so thank you for your patience!  To date we’ve received responses from more than 685 individuals in over two dozen countries).

– If you have already completed the registration form please do *NOT* complete it a second time – this only creates more work for us and slows the process.

Therians/Otherkin: We’ve been asked if Therians and Otherkin may participate in this Directory and the answer is *YES* – we knew this might come up given cross-over between the communities so we provided for that option from the beginning.  While the primary audience of this Directory are Vampires and/or Donors, we will also place Therians and Otherkin in contact with one another per their geographic area and/or with Vampires, Donors, etc. as desired.  We will followup with self-identifying Therians and Otherkin individually after the public launch of the Directory in May.  Thank you for your interest and participation.

As of April 17, 2013:

Therians/Therianthropes*: 67
Otherkin*: 164

*Includes all self-identified (T/O/VT/VO/VTO) Therians, Otherkin, Vampire/Therian, Vampire/Otherkin, & Vampire/Therian/Otherkin combinations

IMPORTANT: Please assist this effort by notifying the vampires and donors you know via your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Blog, Fetlife, community forums, other social media websites, and especially LOCAL TO YOUR AREA — do not simply assume they have already joined because they may have missed seeing the notices or had questions but did not take the time to seek answers (if you have any questions e-mail us at VVCNotification [at] gmail [dot] com).  We are aiming for an exponential increase in the availability of vampire and donor contacts and in order for this to be successful we need broad-based cooperation and support.  It does not matter to us if someone is a blood drinker or an energy feeder, TOV, OSV, Aset Ka, etc., or loathes the “vampire community” — this is not about vampire allegiances or politics — it’s about connecting individuals who identify as “real vampi(y)res” along with donors and allies in their own localities.

Thank you for taking the time to read this message and for encouraging all applicable parties to register for the Directory:
http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/projects/globaldirectory.html