I imagine most barefooters have heard about “The Foot Film”. It is project attempting to make an independent film documentary about humans’ relationship between shoes and going barefoot.
It’s Indiegogo campaign has only 10 days left, so this is a reminder to go there and donate to help this film become a reality.
The Director and “main instigator” of The Foot Film Film is Sarah Heath.
She is a strong barefooter herself and has been educated in documentary filmmaking. Also on the team are the members of Cineastas, a film production company.
Here is their Indiegogo promo video. When you look at some of the interviews they’ve done so far, I think you can get a feel for the production values they bring to the film.
They also have a couple of short auxiliary videos that they call “Meet the Feet”. One features barefoot runner Bruce Toien.
Here’s that video.
Their other video talks to podiatrist Dr. Ray McClanahan, the inventor of Correct Toes, which are an entirely different sort of “orthotic” that doesn’t try to weaken the arch like all the others, but helps re-spread toes that have been smushed (to use the technical term) by years of shoe-wearing.
One ironic thing about the Indiegogo campaign is some of the perks you can get for donating.
Shoes. Why did it have to be shoes?
(To misquote Indiana Jones.)
Well, at least the shoes available are not the really horrible ones that misshape the foot (much). They’re mostly (but not all) zero drop, and they at least have a wide toe box.
But that’s a problem that barefooters have! What do you give away to a barefooter? Magic fairy dust that makes “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service” signs vanish? But short of that, barefooting is free; there are no products to sell so that makes it difficult to get corporate support of any kind. (Barefooting also cuts into the business of podiatrists. ;-) ).
Anyways, I hope you’ll seriously consider giving to the campaign. They are moving along, but still need a fair bit more funding to really do things right.
Again, here is the Indiegogo campaign.