Decide Who Gets to Talk to the Tribeca Film Institute! Vote for July’s Project of the Month!

Decide Who Gets to Talk to the Tribeca Film Institute! Vote for July's Project of the Month!

July is almost over, and it’s time to choose one of our Projects of the Week to be named July’s Project of the Month. The project that receives the most votes for Project of the Month will receive a consultation from our Project of the Month partner, Tribeca Film Institute!

Voting will be open until Friday August 3 at 5 PM.

Go to the bottom of this article to vote for July’s Project of the Month!

The links to more information about each project are below.

Good luck to all of the filmmakers!

“Dear White People”

Remember when Black movies didn’t neccesarily star a dude in a fat suit and a wig? Or have major plot twists timed to Gospel numbers for no apparent reason?

The humble producers of DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, a satire about being a black face in a white place, long to bring those days back.

The film follows four black students at a predominately white Ivy League where a popular “African American themed” party takes place. Through their unique perspectives the film tackles race identity in “post-racial” America while weaving a universal story of forging one’s unique path in the world.

“What’s Revenge”

The world’s first docu-vengeance, What’s Revenge follows director Kat Hunt as she helps her friend, Erica, avenge her past heartbreaks – in real life. More than an attempt to get back at these men, we are conducting a formal experiment about the idea of revenge itself. What is getting revenge like? Can we get another person to feel the way we did — and to perceive the situation in the same way? If this is achieved, what happens next? Catharsis? A new perspective? Closure? Maybe all of it. Maybe nothing. Join us on this (hopefully) ass-kicking adventure to find out!

 
Bread and Butter is a story about Amelia (30), an endearing misfit and virgin, who starts to be pursued by two men at the same time. One man is trying desperately to keep control of his life while the other embraces Crazy.

In the midst of all the romantic confusion, Amelia has to deal with her eccentric boss, a life coach named Dr. Wellburn, and her overbearing parents.

Bread and Butter aims to be a character study of one neurotic, sexually inexperienced girl, Amelia (30) being thrown into the gauntlet of romantic pursuit.

 
 
Hybrid Vigor is a feature film about life, death, violence, morality, immortality, love, and loss in the USSR during Soviet times and in present day Latvia. It opens on frozen Lake Baikal in Siberia during Soviet times.
 
 
“Sun Belt Express” is an edgy, heartwarming comedy about illegal immigration, set to the south of Tucson in the Sonoran Desert. The story follows Allen King, an offbeat ethics professor who ends up on a run across the Mexican border with his conservative teenage daughter in tow – and four illegal immigrants in the trunk. What follows is a family road trip where anything that can go wrong – does. And then some. Set on both sides of the border, the film is a testament to the enduring power of humor, even in the most trying of situations.

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Jay

You're white now? I care why? So you're nothing but another dumb brainwashed liberal nice. You say please educate myself yet you say "Africans were kidnapped from their homes in Africa, brought forcibly to the United States, held in bondage for almost 200 years" When in fact they were sold off by other blacks who enslaved them. I suggest you look this up before you act as if you're some genius . Nice try though anyways, I love how you completely changed the subject. We were talking about how blacks can be racist towards whites and now you're just trying to distract me with bullshit because you're trying to force white guilt down my throat with this "Held in bondage for almost 200 years, and denied their rights for another 99" typical brainwashing at best. I see what you're trying to do and you aren't clever this shit has been said a million times history isn't going to change it's self. Anyways back to 2012 you said "They still face overwhelming discrimination in housing, employment, and the criminal justice system today." When you say they you mean black right? You don't mean hispanic's or Asians right? You know why are blacks always the ones that are supposedly the ones being oppressed? Asians have the highest proportion of college graduates of any ethnic group in the United States. While 50% of Asians age 25 and older have a bachelor's degree, the number goes down to 28% for Americans as a whole. They also have the highest household incomes in the United states. Southeast Asians aren't doing to bad either (Indians, Vietnamese, Chinese, Filipino, Thai & many more ethnic groups) Damn it seems the Asians aren't having a problem in this country and don't give me that bullshit how they are privileged people because that's a load of shit and you know it.

Avante-Gardeian

I'm white, I voted for DWP, and all I gotta say is: When you cry, keep your White Tears in a bottle, guys. PoC are in serious need of good moisturizers and flavor enhancers. My tears have been personally donated to my PoC friends, and they have been put to good use. Call me a 'race traitor', 'reverse-racist' (the last time I checked, the reverse of anything is the opposite, so that term is fucking stupid, imo), regular racist, whatever.

I can't wait for this movie!!! =D

Cat

Jay, I don't even know why I bother, but son, you need a lesson on racism.

Racism is power + discrimination. Whites have power. Thus, they can be racist. POC generally don't have power in our society. So they can be discriminatory, but not racist.

I'm a real person and I voted for DWP because it's about damn time that white people sat down, shut up and learned something about POC's experiences.

alletron

Voted for DWP a couple of days ago. If you want to hear more about the film in the Writer and Producer's own words, check out their interview here: http://www.geekquality.com/dear-white-people/

Johnny woo

You know what jay I will squash this cause this isn't about us this is about this film and yes my comment came off as being racist and maybe I am a bit racist but I have a lot of bad experiences with whites so I'm angry but this project is about people getting better with race and shedding the light on how we all behave and feel so I will focus on why I came to this website to support the film okay peace.

Molly

Voting for DWP because us white people need to listen to POC voices. It's about damn time. They deserve representation too.

Natalie

Voting for DWP. I was excited from the moment I saw the trailer on youtube!

Tomcat

Woted for DWP because it's an important piece of work that should get all the support and attention it deserves.

Johnny woo

Jay why don't you're ignorant idiot ass get off the net cause you say blacks get away with racism please you guys get away with it more but this is not a game of who can hurt the other more where here to talk about a movie getting made something way more important than you and if their idiots than all the other races who expressed on this site not just blacks how they really feel about whites are idiots too.Sorry to break it to you but I'm Asian and I don't like nor care for white people either cause I have to work twice as hard to be considered better than whites in college.no body really likes you guy we have to put with you guys bullshit daily so I say kiss my Asian Ass cause black aren't the only who don't like you around this camp

Chanel

A real person voting for DWP because it is literally a movie of my experience at a predominately white college/my life as a whole. That, and I identify with Sam way too much lol. Maybe it takes a movie with their name in it to make white people realize that they have a bad habit of being racist and not owning up to it.

emily

been supporting DWP since it started on IndieGoGo. not going to stop now! we need that film!

rebecc1

Voting for DWP because I'm British and have to listen to news stories about a country i don't live in where basically everyone who is white and christian is a racist homophobe.

Seriously come to europe, we might have greece but there is fucking free health care in most countries and people don't defend the police shooting/tasering black kids.

America they deserve a movie made about how disgusting the white people in their country actaully are!

Don't fucking dare claim your ancestors were from europe unless you're claiming NAZI!

EVERYONE IN THE WORLD HATES AMERICA! EXCEPT THE WHITE CHRISTIAN PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE.

Nikita

I voted for Dear White People. It's got the most important message of any of these movies.

Maggie

I have been following news about DWP on tumblr for a couple of months now. Naturally, I am here to vote for it because I can't wait to see it.

EEE

Real person, really voting for DWP!!

Skye

I think it's really important that people understand that stereotyping is still racism, even if people don't realize the damage that people are doing to their supposed "friends" by thinking of them in a way constructed by society and making generalizations based on insufficient attempts to understand another group of people rather than treating them as actually people. This is why showing Dear White People is important and why I voted for it.

~3~

I'm a real black person who really voted for DWP

Loretta

Real person voting for DWP. Sorry you are so mad about it.

Kayla

DWP! so many hopes for this movie.

Kendra

I hate white people sometimes and I'm white! DWP needs to be made. Stop getting in there way white people! Anyone voting for other films is straight up racist! If ur not voting DWP ur part of hte problem! Know that!

Charley

I voted for DWP! I'm not a bot! Crazy that people–of all races, might I add–want to see a movie about real issues that seriously need to be talked about, right?

Maria B

I voted DWP! Just saying, we aren't bots.

Masteradept

Another real person voting for DWP.

Zilvia

"Dear White People". YES PLEASE! Also, really with the people saying it's bots and ish? U, no, A movie like DWP NEEDS to happen, and there's an actual audience that's waiting. *gasp* I know, so astonishing people want movies about real issues, right? o:

Amanda

"Dear White People" all the way. This film needs to be seen!

Naomi

Voted for Dear White People
I mean come on, we need people to see this.

morgaine

Voted for "Dear White People" – equality in all aspects of life, including the entertainment industry.

Minie

Voted dear white people! :)

Keith J

I voted because the dialogue on racism in this country (Central America or US of A) needs to be seen by a larger audience. The reductionist definition of racism continues to be the guideline for most in race relations and it's time that we actually observed racism for what t actually is and how it functions.
It is my understanding that films and media such as "Dear White People" can give us insight into this.

Shell

Voting for DWP! I wish I could say that I don't believe people are finding excuses for why it's getting so many votes, but some people refuse to believe that a movie that has a message like this one could actually be wanted. News flash people, it is both wanted an needed especially if that's your attitude.

BTL

Documenting my vote since people keep mentioning that "tumblr-bots" are the ones voting for DWP instead of legit human beings. ^_~

LCB

Voted D.W.P

ellie

Voted for Dear White People!

Nadia

Dear White People is a movie that needs to be seen! To me it looks like a love letter to Spike Lee films and that's even more reason for it to win!

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dear white people ftw

Jnorflett@gmail.com

Woohooo for Dear White ppl!

from tumblr

Voted for Dear White People.

Victoria

I am really excited for Dear White People! Surprised that people think cheating is involved.

Anonymous

I voted! I'm a real person, promise.

Laika

Human being here, voted for DWP. It's a movie that needs to be seen.

Carson

Super excited for Dear White People :) Looks like a fantastic combination of straight up truth and humor

Anne

Voting for Dear White People. I'm sure the other movies are nice, but it's not all the time that a movie like this has a chance to happen. I really want it to succeed!

Danielle

I'm actually looking forward to "Dear White People."

Terrup

Dear White People: Voting for this movie doesn't make you any more "cool" or "down" in our eyes. You're still corny. You can support it. But don't feel like you're part of the club of magical whites who "get it." You're just useful, guilty hipsters who can offer marginal help until we don't need any longer. After that you can return to your Billy Joel records and Seinfeld reruns.

DWP Pledger

Imagine if DWP had this type of support during their Kickstarter. Where were all you Tumblers then. Some of us actually tried to pledge instead of post just some anonymous comment on a dumb poll.

Dani

I voted for DWP. It is desperately needed whether people choose to accept it or not. As a POC, I feel that this is a good wake up call to the WPs of this world.

K

Dear White People, stop voting for our movie. This is a black thang, and we can do this by ourselves. If your white and you voted for this, you stupit!

Kate

Another living, breathing person voting for Dear White People and SURPRISE! I'm also WHITE! I watched all the trailers, and DWP is the film I'd pay money to see in a theatre. It's as simple as that. It's okay if you feel differently; by all means, vote for your own favorite. But don't come in here trashing DWP just for leading by a wide margin. People are voting for it, because they want it shown. That's how this poll is supposed to work, and that's what's happening.

nadia a

I voted for dwp. This movie needs to be shown. js

Leah

Voted for DWP! YAY!

sugahraypopeye

Dear White People…I've never seen a story like this before. Curios to see it on the screen (theater, online, anywhere).
Good luck y'all.

Lindsey

Voting DWP. This is a movie POC need and my fellow white people need a damn wake up call.

Eston

I didn't vote for Dear White People. If I wanted to hear young, privileged 1st-worlders complain about their comfortable lives, I'd get a tumblr account.

Raven

Voting for Dear White People because it just HAS to be seen

Ninapedia

Cheating allegations? On MY favourite almost-to-become -a-movie? It's more likely than you think.
Voting for Dear White People because I need it in my life.

Alex

DWP is going to be awesome

Heather

I'm a real person, and I voted for Dear White People, so people can just stop being ridiculous. The trailer was awesome.

Janet

Voting for DWP because white people need to see it. So why don't you white folks stop complaining about bots and actually go see the movie and then cry about the way it made you feel.

Tia

I will vote as many times as this poll is brought to my attention. And I will pick "Dear White People" every time.

Michelle

Voted for DWP as an actual real life human being!

Taylor

Dear White People isn't just a movie that people WANT, it's a movie that POC NEED.

Piper

I saw the promotional trailer for Dear White People a couple months ago on indiegogo. I thought it looked excellent then, and I'm really excited that they could have the opportunity to work with the Tribeca Film Institute! I'm looking forward to seeing it.

Ashleigh

I voted for Dear White People because I think it's an important film that needs to be made. And so do a lot of people. Hence the winning. Why is this a hard concept, jeez.

Cloudy

Dear White People NEEDS to be made!

JK

I've voted because of posts I saw from Tumblr. It would be really foolish to try and take that away from so many of us who care so deeply.

People want DWP to win… so they're voting for it. Tada

LoLo

Dear White People looks like the best movie on this list by far. Excited to watch it!

browneyednerd

Looking forward to DWP.

Antonio

Voted for Dear White People. I look forward to it.

LC

I had no idea there were such ridiculous allegations for DWP going around but I'm not surprised after seeing a Tumblr post going around showing the Twitter of another one of these films (it does not need to be named) made a racist remark about DWP. No matter how much they try to silence this movie and its supporters it will not happen. I hope DWP continues to lead by a land slide in this poll and fairly receives the opportunity to speak to the Tribeca film Institute despite the ridiculous allegations going around. DWP deserves all of the attention it's getting and deserves to win. The message is strong and needs to be heard. It's getting close to the deadline and I'm excited for all those involved in the project's production and the supporters who I can safely say are as excited to see DWP as I am.

Alena

I'm a Filipino voting for Dear White People, and saying fuck no to these allegations of cheating. Why must there be suspicions really? If it's a movie for white people, nobody would be saying that, right?

A

Dear White People. Forever and ever.

kimberly Ty

I agree with you SOL YIN I've been angry about the OLYMPIC incident too and white people just don't have a clue I go to UCLA and actually hear white people ask why are black people so angry get over it Really well News flash it's not just them. Asians, Native Americans and Hispanics are upset too how do I know cause we all talk about it daily African Americans are just more vocal about it that's why they get more flack for it. SO I WILL be an angry Asian and vote for DWP cause I support their message more and POC need to stick together cause were all in the same boat they don't want to represent us or see us win so we have to do it ourselves.

sol yin

I'm sick of the cheating Allegations and is this the POC are cheats week first starting with the Olympics when that Chinese girl swimmer beat all those white male swimmers they called her a cheat too and even tested her for drugs but she was clean won fair and square. now this, white people can't stand losing to any person of color wether their Chinese, Latino, or black and it's sickening to know and THAT ALONE IS WHY THIS MOVIE NEEDS TO BE MADE. and I'm Asian and proud bitches.

Theresa

Honestly, this whole DWP "cheated" thing is so ridiculous. I watched all of the trailers for the movies, and Dear White People is the only one that captivated me enough all the way through. Hybrid Vigor looks like an Urban Outfitters commercial ended with a bunch of "IF YOU CONTRIBUTE WE WILL GIVE YOU THIS, THIS, THIS, AND THIS-BUT WAIT.. THAT'S NOT ALL" crap. So yeah, Dear White People wins fair and square.. people are only saying it's "cheating" because they're sour over a POC film actually coming to light. If it was anything related to white people, no one would be in an uproar. Which is exactly WHY we need this film out there.

Maya

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE,
yeah, you better be worried.

CM

I used my human finger to click on Dear White People and help that movie get made. I've been excited about this since I saw the trailer on Tumblr.

Marie

Tumblr wants to see DWP. And tumblr ALWAYS get what they want.

tori

I found out about DWP from tumblr and i voted for them because it's awesome. I know DWP has gotten out through social media. Why are people soo pressed? No one cheated. Just because the other movies looked dry and worn out doesn't mean DWP cheated.

Laura

so excited for DWP!! :)

Kai

Seriously, how immature is it for someone to say "that other contestant is winning? they must be cheating!" And yeah, I voted for Dear White People. Because there needs to be a movie that actually addresses race issues rather than handing white people cookies, unlike The Help.

blu

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE … and I told my 5,530 facebook friends, 200 Tumblr followers and 700 twitter followers to do the same…. is that cheating?

miles

Also voted for DWP
Filipino kid from Cali. :3

Ms. Nessa

Another non-bot DWP vote. I'd vote for B&B too if I could. :)

K

Dear White People, voting for this movie does not make you understand us, it does not help you be more black, and it will not win points from black people. You might call this movie we are making "racist" but we call it "reverse racism" which is totally different. You will never understand us, because we are black and you are not. Even if your half black you will never be like or understand us.

Isaiah

1. Everyone calling DWP "cheaters" – you need to realize it's completely logical for a movie that has a trailer with 700,000+ views on YouTube and that has received coverage on CNN to dominate a vote-based contest like this. They are going to win and they are real fans. I'm white and I voted for them because their trailer was outstanding.
2. DWP fans – please don't lord your success (which is all real and all deserved) over the rest of the films competing (there are 5 films here total) as if they're all spiteful losers. A film's fans are not the same as the filmmakers, who are doing their best to pursue their dreams.

K

Lebanese girl voting for DWP. Why? Because it looks the most interesting :).

ChuckJD

I saw a trailer for DWP ages ago and it never left my thoughts. I want this film to go places to it can maybe end up somewhere I can see it!

Shan

I am extremely proud to say that I voted for Dear White People :) This film is NEEDED.

Bias much?

I see the guy in charge of the contest is also promoting DWP on his FB and Twitter. So much for neutrality.

vonnie

human voting for DWP BECAUSE it has good filmmaking. as if something not whitey mcwhite focused can't have good filmmaking AND social commentary. the entitled nerve

Yoyo

Black British girl voted over here for DWP why so upset? We are not bots the film looks really interesting.

@pegaita

i voted for DWP and encouraged all of my followers to do so as well. i am not a bot. they were not bots either. a lot of ppl invested in that movie and we want to see it be the best it can be.

Subi

Dear White People looks so awesome, properly quality. Real person voting here, not a bot.

Julia

Hey, I invested in DWP. So proud. It's going to be an amazing film! Way to go, DWP.

aep

Another human being voting for Dear White People!

turtle

latina voted Dear White People

last thing I want is to hear some white guy make a film about the "border no one sees" south of tucson…that I live in. :/ But DWP on the other hand…people know what they're talking about xD looks quality comedy gold

minnie

Dear White People…for a breath of fresh air. OMG those people look like me >.<

Andrew

Too excited to see DWP, looks quality as fuuuuck.

Alicia

Human, voted for DWP. Needs to happen.

Alexas

not a bot, DWP, haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate

Gail

Yes, I am a real person – as far as I can tell, and I voted for dear white people. Why? Because its interesting and not everywhere. The other stuff is okay but just not that unique or as relevant. Oh well, sometimes you win sometimes you whine.

J

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE! Yes, I am a real person. Fyeahtumblr.

Samantha

Not a bot, and I voted for DWP. It's a conversation that needs to happen, and while a lot of these movies sound great, I've been eager to see DWP since I first heard about it a couple months ago. So excited for this! : D

Kathleen

Tumblr & twitter user, human, voted for DWP. And yes, I'm generally called white, too.

Anita

I find it funny people are saying a BOT is the reason why DWP is getting votes! Tumblr has spread this like WILDFIRE! And a lot of people on tumblr even the blogs I follow have been voting for this. I've watched this video so many times and I've been excited for it. This movie would be amazing

I'm not a bot. I'm a human being.

JPG

I'm a real, living girl, a white girl even, who voted for DWP. I saw the trailer a couple of weeks ago, and instantly thought that this movie a) looked hilarious b) has characters I already love and c) has a message that our society really, really needs to see. All the movies on this list look like movies I would be interested in seeing, but DWP was the standout for me. I understand that supporters of HV are frustrated and upset about it being in second place, but I think it's super weak sauce to claim that the only way that could be happening is if DWP supporters were cheating.

Dudes, they just had a really good PR-push on Tumblr. That really is just how fast news spreads there. These "suspicious activity" accusations are bogus, and really come off as sour grapes. There's no conspiracy, there's no cheating, there really are almost 8,000 people who want to see it.

Ella

Actual human voting for DWP, it looks fantastic!

Al

Human, breathing, drinking a Dr. Pepper, and voting for DWP!

Lynea

I voted for DWP, and I'm not a bot. I'm surprised people are trying to cry foul. Did they ever consider that there are possibly THOUSANDS of people who are really invested in this film?

Nicole

Real live person here and I voted for Dear White People.

Paloma

Lol at hacking claims. Voted for DWP because it looks awesome. Haters keep crying.

Jess

Voted for DWP because it's a clever, timely, needed film and the trailer looks really good. Not a bot!

Hel

Voted for DWP because it is a -much- needed film. I'd like to watch Hybrid Vigor too though, but as Soviet was something that was, and racism is something that still exist, I'll go for DWP.

Sara

Voted for DWP – not a bot.

Seriously, everyone screaming CHEATS! needs to take a look at themselves. You couldn't possibly conceive that there could be an actual audience for this film? A segment of this society that finds this film important and necessary? What is wrong with you? The official twitter of the film urges that people make this about the film making, not about race. As though film making is not a medium used to convey themes and messages to an audience. Nope, their film is clearly superior to DWP on the basis of… what? What do you have to prove that your film is more worthy of this honor? I'm waiting.

Yoshi-chan

Another human being voting for DWP!

Melly

Voted for DWP. Not a bot.

Rebecca

Go DWP!!

and no, I'm not a bot. Just a humble tumblr blogger. :)

/dance party

Tiffany

Def. not a bot, voted for Dear White People because it looks like an amazing film by talented film makers.

Alexis

Voted for DWP!

Illy

Just wanted to let y'all know that I'm a real person–not a bot–who voted for DWP! Yay!

ROBOT (jk)

go DWP! :) (i'm not a bot)

Jo

Voted DWP because it sounds awesome. Pretty sure I'm not a bot, unless there's something my parents aren't telling me.

fatima

i voted for dear white people! i am a human being, too!

nessa

not a bot, but a tumblr user. Voted for DWP!!!!

SR

actual human, not-a-bot, voting for DWP. #dealwithit

Lauren

Oh yeah, I voted for Dear White People. This story needs to be told.

t.

not a bot, voted for dear white people as well. i need a movie that puts people out of their comfort zone, one that shows them in what kind of world we poc live in. i want my voice heard.

Andrew

another actual person voting for DWP.

Gina

another living breathing person who voted for Dear White People.

marianna

i voted for dear white people, and i asked all of my friends to vote for it too! i am so excited for this movie!

some points:

1. racism still exists! and guess what? it happens every day!! and guess what else?? most of the time, people (mostly white people, but there are exceptions) don't want to talk about it! but that's a bad thing, because if we don't talk about it, how are we ever going to move forward to a place where we don't have to worry about it anymore? (and if you think that we're at that place right now, you're wrong! pretending racism doesn't exist won't make it go away!)

2. movies with white people come out all the time! pretty much every week! and white people get to do so many things in movies. they can be action heroes or they can be brooding writers or average everyday people or photographers or artists trying to find their place in the world. but we can't have a movie about black college kids? is that so foreign of a concept to some of you? and hey, there's white college kids in it too!

3. there are some other really interesting movies on this list, and it sucks that they all can't get the attention they deserve. but a lot of us feel really strongly about this movie, because it's something that's never been made before! i've seen quirky romcoms (with white people). i've seen movies about love in another (white) country. i've seen movies that claim to be inclusive by including minority characters but still have white main characters (the blind side, the help, etc). you know what i haven't seen, ever? a movie about black college kids calling out racism! wow!!

4. this movie is super educational to white people and others who think racism is over! see point #1! why wouldn't you want to learn more about black people and their struggles in your so-called post racial america? no, seriously, why not? (and if your answer is 'i don't care about the injustices a race of people of whom i live alongside face', then you might be a racist!)

go DWP!!

Rachel

Voted for DWP because it looks awesome. Also not a bot.

Cass

Another vote for Dear White People, saw the trailer awhile back and really glad it's getting some recognition! Also shut up white hipsters and check your privilege. People want to see this movie because they are not as deluded about systemic racism as you may be.

Bren

I voted yesterday, but I heard we were being accused of cheating and rigging the results, so I'm here to say that I voted for Dear White People because I've always wanted to see a movie like that come out. Hello from tumblr! :D

ana

another real person, from tumblr, voting for Dear White People.

gabjoh

Hybrid Vigor does sound interesting, but gotta vote for Dear White People.

Aj

Voted for Dear White People. People are mad that this is a film about race?! Get over it!!! Racism is real. I wish this movie all the success. As a black female college student,this movie is my voice :)

Anna

Another vote for Dear White People from me! all comments of cheating are bs.

JMW

Not a bot, voted for DWP. Tumblr sent me!

Ciderkiss

I voted for "Dear White People" becuase it's a black movie. There I said it. DEAL WITH IT. White themes movies get voted by whites all the time as if their experiences speak for us all.

Sara

I'm so excited for DWP! Been waiting for a movie like this for a long time.

DWP actually has a lot of supporters, just like me, who are genuinely excited to see this movie. The creators of DWP just reached out to their supporters to come here and vote and that's what we did. It's simple.

Jazz

I can assure you that I'm not a bot. Some of the comments here are EXACTLY why we need DWP in the first place. You people crying ~reverse racism~ or whatever can stay pressed.

Kyra Wilder

Dear White People looks fucking awesome. After watching the trailers for the other movies, I think that one is the one I'm the most interested in seeing.

Gary

Another real human casts his vote for DWP. :)

angel

Voted for DWP. Is not a bot.

Caty

White person, not a bot, voted for DWP when I saw that awesome trailer. And re: the whole "this contest is about art, not race" shit…. If you think you can separate art from race, from lived experience and from how we connect as humans and how we can do better by one another… damn. Just damn.

History

This reminds me of the last election, when people who didn't want to vote for Obama were instantly labeled as racist by the very people (white/black, etc.) who vote for Obama for the very same reason. Why can't people just wish each creator the best of luck on their own films and STFU?

Waya

I voted for Dear White People because, as a First Nation woman attending a university far away from her tribe, I know that the film will discuss and show just exactly how I and millions of others feel in this 'post-racial' world.

Maybe, Hybrid Vigor, instead of crying foul play and threatening to rig your own scores, you should take a step back and think about your actions. Because what you're doing? Only proves that the world needs 'Dear White People'.

Andie

Voted for Dear White People because OF COURSE I DID DID YOU EVEN WATCH THAT TRAILER. I wish all the fantastic folks behind it every success; they deserve every bit of it for putting such an on-point, fresh, hilarious and much-needed production forth into our media that is sorely lacking such content.

Ashley

I can't believe that some white people believe this movie isn't for them when it specifically says so in the title.

Really?

If I could pick a second choice it would have been Bread & Butter. their Kickstarter video was adorable and I love their sense of humor. The plot conceit actually sounds interesting and relatable. I looked all over for Hybrid Vigor's plot, but all I can find is a string of seeming deep-sounding words.

I voted for DWP and I am not a bot.

Tia

Voted for Dear White People because, as a Black girl at a predominately white University, I need some effing representation. I'm normally not a fan of "indie films" because they tend to be about "quirky" white people finding their place in the world, but DWP actually looks relevant to my life.

Chris

Voting for Dear White People, my dad & sisters put up with that hair touching and token friend shit ALL THE TIME! This needs to get seen.

ToKokomo

i'm not Black and i'm not a bot and i voted for DWP. there are already too many indie films that tell stories from a white perspective, why not give us PoCs a chance to share our stories with everyone? our stories are just as accessible as anything white people can make, and in many cases, can even be more insightful.

p.s. "it's not about race", bull. everything may not be about race, but damn near everything is influenced and impacted by race.

Elise

Dear White People looks so fantastic!

Kay

So excited for DWP! Believe it or not, White people like to see awesome films about PoC too… and I've been wanting to see this one since the excellent trailer hit tumblr the other month.

Bryant

If I wanted to watch a whiny, pretentious independent film I would watch one of the three hundred thousand other indie flicks out there. DWP looks like it will be a much more enlightening experience for the entire audience, and that is why I'm voting for it.

Meg

Voted for DWP and can't believe I even have to spell out that I'm a human being. This is idiotic. Indiewire have access to traffic stats for their site, right? They will be able to see how many people are arriving on this page via tumblr referrals.

Demi

Real person here voting for Dear White People! I believe in POC visibility, and I can't wait to see this film!

elly

humanz 4 dear white people

RyaLee

We need to talk about racial issues since my whole life as a black woman will always be effected by this. Which is why I voted for "Dear White People".

Abby

I've been super excited about Dear White People ever since I saw the trailer on Tumblr a couple months ago. The 'discussion' about this movie in these comments is merely showing me why DWP is such an important project that needs to be shared. I'm happy to give it my vote.

James

For all those who think this is rigged: Are you mad? Do you possess anger? Are you experiencing any hardships?

Savannah

Voted for DEAR WHITE PEOPLE. I am human. :) Geddit done!

Adam

voted for Dear White People. It's amazing how there are like a half-dozen folks derailing every comment with cries of "rigged" and "fraud." Since I logged onto my computer last night after midnight (and slept for 6 hours) people I follow have reblogged info about this poll easily 8 times. I would really love to see proof of the hacking claims, not just the brow-beating insistence of a few people on these comment threads.

Nina

Just voted for Dear White People–been looking forward to seeing this for a while. I'm not a bot, just a wonderful person excited about a wonderful movie.

Jinna

Another non bot here voting for DWP! I've been psyched since I saw the trailer. Also, love the omnipresent announcer. Very "The Warriors"!

Livvy

Just from the comments about the voting being rigged it's obvious that DWP needs to happen. White Privilege at it's finest.

A movie about POC can be for everyone too! That's the problem with white privilege is that so many (not all) whites only think a movie can have universal appeal if the main characters are white and all POC are tokens. Unfortunately the majority of filmmakers have that idea and why I tend to not see as many movies as I use to. I'm sick of people like me only being represented as stereotypes and tokens, only friends to the white main character or the only Latino characters that can be main characters are ones that can Pass for white.

Danielle

I voted for "Dear White People." I want to see a film addressed to White people that isn't made by them.

Since White people's reactions are already covered in the film, it would be nice to see how White people will react when all of their usual reactions are clearly predictable and on display for them to see.

Nyle

Another non-bot from Tumblr that voted for DWP. I saw the trailer some weeks ago and can't wait to see the whole film.

KMG

Looking forward to seeing Dear White People. Though I am white, I understand what white privilege is, The subject of the movie, based around an "African American themed party," is insensitive at best. And at its worst, will probably show how many white people just don't get it. People of color don't go around having "White American" themed parties.

I just hope that this film breaks down the barrier that even tolerant white folks have when it comes to seeing what white privilege really is.

People_are_dumb

>Vote for film with all white people even though every fucking film is about white people = not racist
>Vote for film with all black people that addresses racism = OMFG THEY'RE MAKING IT ALL ABOUT RACE GUYS THIS IS TOTALLY UNFAIR WE CAN'T BE BEATEN BY BLACK PEOPLE

Ariel

DWP gets my vote. Want to make sure that ya'll know I'm not some sort of bot. Jaysus. Can't believe I even have to do this shit.

Katherine Zito

DWP gets my vote. I think it has a very important message.

private-revolution

I voted for DWP, I stand by my vote as I do not need to explain my humanity to anyone. Funny that people still think that PoC being seen as multifaceted people, is a special interest cause. You know what I say to that? Over 7,000 votes have proven you wrong. It's funny how you all want to make a movie about Latvian history but the real life situation of PoC as it stands in the U.S. is a movie for a "niche" but that's not racist. How is Hybrid Vigor for everyone? Pray tell. A movie set in USSR in Soviet times has absolutely no relevance to most people going by your logic. Stop while you're behind.

bryn donovan

I voted for DWP. I am white and went to a predominantly white college. I don't know what that's like for a POC. It sounds like an enlightening movie.

Michelle

Voter for DWP here! People of color are so overlooked in our film industries, in all aspects of art, really, that I am glad to give a leg up to what looks like an amazingly well-crafted film. All the films sound promising, but I've got to cast my vote for DWP.

Leandra

Voting for DWP. As a person of color in a predominantly white campus (and state) I feel this film would really speak to me and others in similar (or not) situations.

David

Go DWP!

Jay

I've been looking forward to seeing Dear White People for a while, the trailer was interesting. Projects like Sun Belt express seem interesting but don't grab my attention in the same way DWP has.

December

voted for DWP. It's something that addresses important issues.

KJ

Just voted for DWP. I'm glad to see they're getting so much positive attention!

Andria

Another voter for Dear White People here, sorry folks I hate to burst your bubble- but there really ARE that many people interested in the film. Boo hoo for you. ;-)

Heather

Voted for DWP. I'm white and I think it's something I should definitely see, the rest are very interesting but this feels like it has the best message! Movies with a message are better than fluff imo.

Akira

Saw the discussions about DWP on tumblr and facebook, and so I'm giving it my vote. Butthurt people, don't get mad that DWP just because of the sheer number of votes. I don't know if it's one vote per IP address for this contest, but if not then consider how many people are voting daily for this film to make it. DWP uncovers truths about people of color's lives that white people don't experience. Don't get mad because we want the world to know.

Rachel

Just here to affirm that I voted for DWP! I really hope all of this hacking drama doesn't DERAIL its clear win.

Hannah

I hope DWP wins! Can't wait to see it :)

Gillian

Pretty hilarious how privileged white boys claim bots and call for a do-over just because the movie they want isn't winning.

face-down-asgard-up

The people who are claiming hack and proxies, can you please show me concrete proof? Because, honestly, this was all over Tumblr. ALL OVER IT. My blog on tumblr is followed by over 3,000 people. I reblogged the post from DWP asking that people vote. That means possibly over 3,000 people saw my post, yet only 50 of my followers reblogged the post from me. Still, I saw the post reblogged by several others as it popped up on my dash several times through a single day.

I honestly think the people claiming that DWP is winning because of fraud are really underestimating the power of the POC community and their supporters on Tumblr and Twitter. DWP has been getting tons of talk on both websites for quite a while. There's a lot of excitement for this project. I haven't even heard of these other movies.

But, of course, if a project created by POC for POC is getting more attention and excitement then projects created by white people then there must be cheating involved. How privileged y'all are to think that the ONLY possible way DWP could win is through cheating and not because people actually are very excited for the film. Institutionalized racism all over these comments.

Tomi

Wow… do you all really not know how the internet works? Just because I don't post a link to something doesn't mean I didn't read the article. How hard is that?
Do the number of comments here at least PROVE that there are people legitimately interested in DWP. Probably not, because this was never about interest. Did you ever think for a second people watched the trailers for both and were simply MORE impressed with the former film? I did. I didn't understand what Hybrid Vigor was about. Don't try to tell me HV is more relatable. Most of you haven't been to Latvia, or been in love during the Soviet times. That's an extremely flimsy brand of logic you've got there and I'm going to need you to stop toting it around. DWP clearly has a lot more vocal fans regardless of who follows them on twitter. We have FaceBook. We have Tumblrs. We have family. We have friends. Instead of trying to tarnish the reputation of the wonderful young group of directors who took the time to make each movie, celebrate the fact that one of them is going to have the opportunity to make their dreams a reality.

Rach

Go Dear White People, go! Saw the trailer on tumblr awhile back, and have been dying to see it in full ever since.

Pavel

I see indiewire changed poll to move order of films to try to stop people from hacking poll. It is funny because it nothing does. Scripts use data packets not browser )))))) One other funny is all proxies I try already used in this polling! It is something I have never saw before. Polldaddy knows this problem also because they changed the security in their script for voting. I needed to update my scripts for this change on yesterday before I sended votes to Whats Revenge movie. It took me 15 minutes ))) I thinking I want be a famous director because I can win all contest on this site. It so funny ))) I also thinking soon dear white people have not more proxies to use. Already votes more slow. They could buy proxies maybe. Will see. For now Russia all laughs at this stupid contest ))) People cry racist problems when real truth is hacking problem. Fools ) I maked my script into application. I am thinking maybe I put this application online for all to use to hack this polling ))) Who wants me do it??? ))

Annie

I support none of the films in this contest. I am writing because I'm shocked by all the comments here. "Dear White People" supporters have made this contest about race and it's not fair. I say that as a proud black woman. Do you all understand we can't just throw around the worst "racist" any time it is to our advantage? It cheapens the word and hurts our cause! There is real racism in our world. Go fight that.

D Riley

As interested as I am in Hybrid Vigor and Sunbelt Express I've chosen to vote for Dear White People because I would like to see more films, documentaries, etc. like DWP. And now, after reading accusations and insults from fans of Hybrid Vigor, I'm even more certain I made the best use of my vote.

Greenstacks89

Eliza I don't give a Dam what you say all the filmmakers and supporters have worked their asses of too. not Just the Hybrid vigor project. And you said fake win why can't you be the bigger person an congratulate other's on their success instead of putting people down just because it's not the film you wanted to see take the lead I know a lot of people feel sick over the extreme amount of votes DWP has received but they are changing minds and getting people excited to want to see the film I will be real you're jealous and a sad excuse of support if you're so worried about the numbers get off you're ass and go get people to support the film you want it's not impossible because that what we've been doing day and Night without much sleep for the DWP project so stop wasting time hating.

ELIZA

TOP COMMENTS today by PAVEL and WARREN!!!!!I agree with every word since follow to every comment here. Thats sad that DWP are destroying core of this competition. Here NOBODY care who u are behind, what color is your skin, what u have to say about race , even what do you think about that!!! WE (Hybrid Vigor supporters) are here because that we believe to their dream, we see how hard they are working for that, we follow them every day on all their sites. There nothing is missed!!!! There NO ONE TIME is involved race theme in their work. DEAR "DWP" ..stop to climb higer than you can!!!The Flop is painful!I guess DWP think they have won in this all but not numbers of votes or color of skin subscribe movie !!! My PERSONAL thoughts actually- that they will not finish that movie since their indiegogo campaign was not to make the film.They raised $40k+ for development costs not production. All my respect but indie filmmakers core is different!If i can i vote for all films projetcs here because i'd like to see them all. I'd donate for all films if i can!But this make me really really sad how DWP yell about race what IS NOT here!!!! I guess they even havent idea where LATVIA is, no idea how was history, how is the life now and what will be involved in movie!!!!!!!! WE DONT CARE RACE !! We want to see HYBRID VIGOR because of the story what's touching to us- Siberia, USSR, Soviet times, history and present….because of effort….because of cooperation with supporters…because that HVF moto is: help to others before ask help from them. Check their Kickstarte page and think twice what u say. So many backed projects by them!!!! 192 !!!! None of you DWP supporters understand meaning of love for filmmaking!!! None of you have supported other filmmakers…and if u do- i guess they weren't white!!! Is easy to yell at other people with no facts and arguments in the pocket but seems it is just like the agony….last run for publicy and money!!! Wish u DWP good luck…enjoy yr fake win and thanks for new opinion we got after mess what u made here. Baltic states have nothing in common with "american wars" or any other race ..but if you make from normal filmmakers competition ugly race- Baltic people must think about subject deeper. Tribeca Film Institute has to save their good reputation in other countries. They must consultate filmmakers bcs of movie they make and passion they put inside…..not people who do cheap tricks and distract film lovers.Hope they follow this mess!

Iggy

Honestly I came here via Tumblr to vote for DWP but I think Hybrid Vigor looks interesting as well. I threw it a vote since DWP is winning so handily. I hope both films find success!

Lea

DWP, looks cool and different.
I'm not a bot either.

Chereace

CHRIS, DWP is also a film for everyone, doesn't everyone feel different sometime? just because 4 black people lead it doesn't mean it's only for black people…

Vix

I voted for DWP , it looks like a positive and genuinely interesting thing that could help the film industry/society, Hybrid Vigour is another boring white hipster thing where you look at another country and go "Oh wow they have it bad, I'm so glad n one is oppressed here" whereas "dear white people" addresses prejudices closer to home that many people would prefer to ignore. Seriously is it SO hard for you to believe that people might want to see a movie that addresses these issues that you claim that the poll MUST be hacked and throw tantrums about how a "black film" might win *pearlclutch*

CHRIS

Ehhhh, congrats to DWP, I really wanted to see Hybrid Vigor win because it's a film *for everyone* but you guys know how to mobilise people online, so nice job.

Sarah

Where do I vote?

ARTHUR

Indiewire will never admit to possibility of rigged polls because that will put all their polls in question. What I can suggest to Tribeca is host a secured independent poll to the winning two here. That will give DWP time to save face and get more followers if indeed they have 6K+ lol

Liz

to Arthur and warren so it doesn't matter that they have changed the order of the films people know how to read and they are still going to vote for the most popular film which is DWP the votes are still rolling in so there you have it.

Alex

It's so entertaining watching people failing at tumblr math.

ARTHUR

Indiewire, thank you for listening. Still it remains, this voting has been previously rigged. Tribeca Film Institute, what are you going to do about it?

sitakali

Argh, by ≠ I meant =/= (does not equal)

Sitakali

What is this crap about bots? I've seen DWP on Tumblr hundreds of times, and have only reblogged one or two times. 1 note/reblog ≠ 1 view. Get it through your heads, kids. Learn how Tumblr works and learn basic mathematics before claiming fraud.

Woman

I you love women vote for "What's Revenge" like me.

Florence

Dear White People, I voted for Dear White People.;)

Maleka

I just voted for Dear White People. I am a real person, I have heard about the movie from a variety of sources (Tumblr, Facebook, etc…), and I voted because I want to support it!!!!!

Pavel

I posting here so too can see peoples who not see my posts down on page —

I sended 81 votes for Whats Revenge. Why so much little? Because I used list of more 2,500 proxies and u know? ALL PROXIES BUT 81 USED ALREDY IN THIS POLLING!!!!!!! ))))) This polling is so much shits. If really more 2,419 proxies used in this polling 1 story is possible. Dear White Peoples is CHEATING. This is from Russian hacker who can said it with 100% facts. Miminum 2,419 votes are not in real. They bots. Sure much more than this too. Also Arthurs is wrong. There is IP limit to voting. I have more proxies. I vote more )))))

Akemi

http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/dear-white-people
Just sayin'.

SHERYL

Watch Bread and Butter climb 60 votes in the next hour

Janice

Support women filmmakers! Support What's Revenge!

ARTHUR

Fact 1: DWP Kickstarter project has only 22 backers didn't make the funding Kickthttp://www.kickstarter.com/projects/62847984/dear-white-people-2121311?ref=live
Fact 2: Indiegogo has 1071 backers and funding successful
Fact 3: Twitter following is 5,075
Fact 4: Highest notes on Tumblr is 1,450 http://dear-white-people.tumblr.com/
Fact 5: Facebook following is 2,895

Bottomline: DWP has a maximum awareness of 5,075; engagement should be lower by any marketing standard. Considering online response to projects like this, 6000+ votes is not possible.

Alyssa

Whats Revenge is the best film here. Original concept and talented people. They have my vote.

SS

I voted for What's Revenge. U think I'm a bot? LMFAO! Just shows this movie needs to be made!

SG

People who think the poll is being rigged have clearly never been on tumblr. ;) I didn't reblog the post…does that mean I didn't see it multiple times on my dash? Notes =/= views. Just accept that, yes, that many people DO want to see this made.

Gin

yea I really want to see DWP it looks great

Ivy

DWP, please, and am definitely not a bot. This movie deserves it, and that's why there are so many votes for it.

ARTHUR

You know DWP…just so you arent so obvious, why don't you make it vote 5 for you for every 1 vote of the 4. Just sayin'

Amber

Also, for more people claiming bots – check out the DWP tag back entries. http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/dear+white+people There are PAGES and PAGES and PAGES of people posting the trailer far WELL BEFORE this poll came up, showing NOTHING but joy and excitement about the concept of this movie. Begging, hoping for it to be made. "I want to see this so badly!" over and over. A image post of short gifs from the trailer got 16,171 notes in a month (http://lilliep.tumblr.com/post/25078423825). That's right. Sixteen /thousand/ people liked, reblogged, and wanted to share pictures from this movie and that's not including those who only saw it and didn't share. They were just that PSYCHED for it. They were featured on CNN, BET, Huffington Post, B*Tch Magazine, and the Washington Post Sunday paper who all cooed about how popular this project was getting and how it should be supported. And y'all wanna claim we're bots?! Come on, you know better than that.

K

Also I remember earlier someone was saying that it was suspect because DWP didn't get it's Kickstarter goal, and therefore they could not be this popular. That's because they switched to IndieGogo (http://www.indiegogo.com/dearwhitepeople) and they received almost double their required funds there. :)

Asher

DWP is being promoted on TUMBLR, one post can spawn thousands in a few hours and get the word out quick. There are a lot of people who want to see DWP and it's not surprising to me in the least to see it have this many votes.

postracialmyass

DWP, duh

JAY M.

I do not question that DWP is a film that deserves to be produced; the premise is good and the topic is relevant. I question however the rate at which the votes are coming in and are coming from because the numbers don't add up in Twitter or Tumblr.

Maybe they will make it to the Tribeca Film Institute but one thing is for sure, I will never trust Indiewire poll again. There is absolutely no mechanism to ensure non-multiplicity of votes. You could vote for anyone and everyone on the poll and it just accepts everything. You could vote 100, 200, 300x and it just accepts everything. Forget fresh ideas, forget relevance, forget passion, forget support – it becomes a contest of who clicks the most and the fastest. Now I wonder if all polls before this happened in similar manner.

Sean

Hybrid Vigor looks interesting… but my vote goes for DWP. Is it this hard to accept that the people want to see a film that deals with the issue of race?

pavel

the fact i now send to 'whats revenge' 200 votes shows u bots real. now is 49 votes. wait and u see. soon will have 249. so many fools here hehe ))

Olive

The fact that I have to say I'm not a bot is proof enough that this film has to be made. DWP please.

Greg Dinskisk

Hey, where do you vote? I can't find the link.

49779

DWP FTW

Ashley

My friends and I will throw as much of our support behind DWP as possible. This is the perfect example of what happens when POC and white allies focus on a single project.

People who are complaining about the vote being rigged are more than happy to remain mad!

Alice

Bread And Butter and Sun Belt Express both looked great to me, but my vote is still going to DWP. I'd love to see all three films get made, though!

Helen

dear (fellow) white people, we're not bots, we're just from tumblr.

Rebe

Voted for Dear White People.

samothrace

The fact that most people feel compelled to say they're not a bot because DWP is winning the poll is sad. People need to check themselves before claiming the poll is rigged. We honestly want to see a good movie have it's chance to shine.

Fiish

Voted for DWP. Am a WoC from tumblr who thinks this film really needs to be made. That's obvious from just the comments.

Brittany

I voted for "Dear White People" and I'm definitely NOT a bot. The power of Tumblr is amazing, wouldn't you agree? ;-)

Melody

Dear White People, I voted for Dear White People.

Jayden

Dear White People, please and thank you.

Chereace

..btw all these comments just provin why DWP needs to be made lol…

Chereace

guess i should comment and prove i'm not a bot too. DEAR WHITE PEOPLE!!!!!

Rachael

It is ridiculous to see how upset people are getting about this. No, we who voted for Dear White People are not bots. I saw the trailer for the film a couple of weeks ago and then saw a link to this poll posted earlier. Just because I voted for DWP doesn't mean I didn't look at the premises and trailers presented for the other films. Each seem interesting in their own right, they just didn't grab me the same way that DWP did. People should respect that decision and not be so quick to jump down peoples throats because they aren't getting their way.

StevieB

This is dumb b/c I'm seeing a lot of hateful tweets that are putting words in the mouths of the creators. Neither DPW or HV have said anything hateful or racist. It's the fans doing it.

Son

HV talks a lot about the rewards of donating to the film, but very litter about the actual movie. It probably would have helped to address how it would differ from other movies that try to tackle the already overexposed issues of life, death, love and morality

Joy

I actually looked at each of the trailers and the premises and I honestly thought Dear White People's premise was the most interesting as well as the most groundbreaking. This is actually important for all people – not just black people. Accurate and varied representation in the media really goes a long way.

Not to knock any of the other films, but they just didn't do it for me.

What's Revenge seemed like it would be a good documentary that shoved some light on sexism. But the trailer really didn't catch my attention like it should of.

Bread and Butter has been DONE before countless times. Nothing new at all.

I wasn't able to even get the complete premise of Hybrid Vigor. All I got was the themes that we've seen since the dawn of film. Perhaps they'll do something new with it, but how am I to know what with the vagueness?

The trailer for Sun Belt Express was, for me, riding on the backs of indie films before it to get attention.

So you see, my informed opinion led me to vote on DWP, which had an interesting and engaging story line and themes that I have NEVER seen in film. Not in the last decade or two at least.

I really hope this movie wins, and I don't regret voting for it. And I'm just sick of the bot theories, really. Tumblr is a MACHINE. When Tumblr wants something done it will do it. Do not underestimate the power of the Internet.

yo

I don't need to say I'm not a bot because I'm voting for this film fair and square.DWP btw, because it's the movie that should win. LOL @ HV being racist shitbags. It's easy to say you don't want things to be about race when you're white. And funny how people think the voting system is flawed just because DWP is winning. Too bad, so sad, maybe y'all should actually vote instead of getting your jimmies rustled over some n words (as you'd call us) being in the lead.

Cat

Here from Tumblr, white, and not a bot. Dear White People seems like a good movie to me; I'd watch it, enjoy it, and come away having learnt from the experience. It was well-marketed, which proves that the makers evidently know what they are doing in terms of advertising. They seem competent and well-supported, and I want to see what they do.

AJames

I guess the hip thing to do is to comment about not being a bot? Maybe it's "unfair" that ppl from other social media sites are coming and voting, I don't follow this site, but I have been keeping a tab on DWP. The movie sounds fun and bold, and the "illegal radio show" bit reminds me of "Born in Flames", which excites me.
I wonder if HV ppl would be sore about SBE leading; would it be "all about race" then? I think all of the films sound interesting, but I'm more excited about Dear White People.
The internet is hardly insular, I think sharing the link is fair. Sorry that DWP already has a lot of fans and supporters who want to promote the film, but we're not cheating.

yetanotherDWPvoter

Tumbla Powah.

TTA

One project get a lot of press, including coverage on CNN –> Gets a lot of votes. The other projects don't have as much press –> Don't get as many votes. Conclusion: MUST BE RIGGGGGED!!!!11!!

Michael

I'm white, and I voted for DWP. I'd like to hear opinions on racism from people who are actually affected by it for once. And just — it looks funny, and interesting, and groundbreaking in a way I don't see often enough. Not a bot.

Rebecca A

These comments make me sick. If there is such a big interest in DWP, then clearly this is something over 5,000 people want to address. Stop calling it fraud or making it about race. We want our voices and stories to be heard just as loudly as you all.

eugenegodard

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE.
so funny.

YEP97

Yes. I'm here from Tumblr. A POC who desperately wants to see Dear White People get made. It will showcase what many POC go through (what I go through) at predominately white colleges.

Brooke

Voting from Canada after seeing this on tumblr. I am a white person who wants to see DWP get made.

Bilt4Cmfrt

Not a bot. Here from tumblr. POC & voted DWP. So very, VERY, tired of the white narrative & have NO patients with the POC narrative as told by white people ('The Help' was NOT an inspiration. It was an insult). Voted here & signal boosting (Reblogging to followers) on Tmblr. Expect more votes.

Kellie

No one is making this about race, this is about a movie that I want to see and might not get a chance to view otherwise. I've heard about one of these movies I care about one of these movies and that movies happens to be Dear White People. Yes I am here via tumblr. Tumblr is where I first saw the trailer in the first place. Surprisingly enough people can want to see a movie that's about race relations without an ulterior motive

Amdrea German

I voted for DWP because I think the premise is brilliant and it's a movie that needs to be made. I love that the writer is willing to show another side of who we are as African Americans. Also, I'd like to say that although this movie is about race matters, I don't believe it's intended to drive a wedge between races or cultures. It's about awareness….

BK

The poll system here in general is flawed. A simple proxy to mask your IP and it's over. They should require registration..something. Poll Daddy is for PTA groups to vote on t-shirts…not large scale stuff like this.

Annie

I also voted for DWP & i also heard about the poll via tumblr. I'm British not a bot & this is a movie i've been anticipating for quite a while now.

Amanda

I voted for Dear White People. Commenting here to prove that I am not a bot. I am not African American but I am all about SOLIDARITY

Warren

Sorry to disappoint all of you, but this is NOT ABOUT RACE.

DWP went from 24% of the vote to first place in like 40 minutes after a handful of Notes. Then after netting 1700+ votes their voting STOPPED, but the Notes were exploding. Hybrid Vigor started to catch up. Then after a few hours DWP voting took off again. Just like someone stopped and started an application that posted votes fraudulently.

Indiewire knows damn well vote fraud is a huge problem with their polls. Ask anyone who has been in one of these contests. They know it's a problem.

At this pace DWP is likely to get more votes than every Project of the Month contest ever held got all added up together. I hope it's real support, but it is highly suspicious.

It disgusts me that you have all made this about race. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

Dani

This whole firestorm is so amusing. Dear White People: Stop Estimating the Power of Brown People and Social Media.

It's been studied and proven that African-Americans are disproportionately highly represented on Tumblr and Twitter. Think of the last few "viral" videos you've seen… they tend to be the ones that appeal to black folks. That's who's doing a LOT of the reblogging and retweeting. That's not cheating. That's garnering interest in your project through every means available and CONNECTING to people on a level that makes them want to support. Get into it.

Tom

I vote for Dear White People

jO

I've skimmed through the comments and am disappointed to see so many make this contest about race. Better yet, ethnicity. We all have different backgrounds but are part of the same whole, the human RACE. This is about filmmaking and should be about filmmaking. Each project has people who are passionate about their story/ message and deserve to get backed by people who believe in their project. Those believing "bots" had a hand in the votes have not taken the time to really look at the projects and their creators. "Dear White People" has people involved that obviously have connections and are in the position to get their film more exposure. They have also used different forms of media to their advantage to get their project out there. The more people that come across it, the more it gets shared. Unfortunately, "Hybrid Vigor" lacks in that department to no fault of their own. This doesn't make it unfair, it's just the way it is.

None of these projects crossed my path except HV. I've never donated to a Kickstarter before, but after reading the back story I was left with inspiration and admiration. It was the director's story and not that of the film that got me interested. This guy picked up and left to film something he believed in and I thought that was awesome so I donated. This is what this whole voting thing should be about. This is about supporting an artist, their vision, and/ or a message (period). If DWP would have crossed my path I probably would have donated and shared it as I did with HV.

Personally, DWP sounds the most interesting/ unique out of all the project summaries and now that this project has come to my attention I will be following it's progress on Twitter- looking forward to the final product.

Let's keep it about filmmaking and supporting a good story. Good Luck to all.

Katherine

I voted for Dear White People cause it's a movie this country desperately needs to see…

PWT

Regardless of if DWP makes it through this poll bombing or not does not mean it will actually have any effect on the thought of the general population. When was the last time a movie actually changed anything on a large scale? All you Tumblr folk are in fact imbeciles.

KLisma

I really hope Hybrid Vigor wins… even tho it's not possible as I can see. DWP are crazy, how do they get so many votes?

BK

This about sums up my thoughts about these comments (both sides) http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/325/699/4fc.jpg

BK

Just b/c some fanboy (or fangirl) makes rude or inappropriate comments doesn't mean that the film makers support such comments. A shame some folks have to ruin it for the very people they wish to support.

They should shut down the comments and just let the votes do the talking.

Amanda

I voted for DWP because I'm excited to see a film that will lead us into an intelligent and rational dialogue about race.

Joy

I've been following DWP on Twitter and Tumblr since I first watched the trailer almost 6 weeks ago! I think it'll definitely relate to me as I am about to embark on my college experience at a prestigious, primarily white institution in a few weeks. Moreover, the trailer was hilarious lol. Glad to see the votes, and I propose more support and less strife. Hybrid Vigor is intriguing too, and even if it doesn't win, that does not mean that it won't receive notoriety.

DWP ftw =)

Ruthi

Dear White People is the only film that is actually a new concept and ground-breaking.
And, as Summer said- the outrage of it winning in this poll is why it's necessary.

UnavowedGenius

This sadly reminds me of the GOP's efforts against voter fraud. POCs and their stories can't possibly be this popular, you have to be gaming the system somehow. No-good dirty rotten swindlers!

Steph

People need to stop crying about Hybrid Vigor. It looks stupid and is something that has probably been done before in some context. Love during a war/time period in the past. Hmmm. Dear White People is a movie that actually needs to be made so that white people like me can possibly start to understand race in the US today.

Garfield

I don't have time to get mixed up in nor add to the drama, nor am I interested. Just here to support Hybrid Vigor. Have a nice day.

Summer

The outrage of Dear White People doing well in this poll is exactly why this film is necessary.

s

i heard about the project "dear white people" a few weeks ago, and i loved the trailer. honestly, it was genuinely funny and witty and something missing from american media at this moment. we've been bombarded by all these "ironic racism" shows on nbc that overexaggerate subtle racism as a way of making it look ridiculous… but i need soemone to straight up tell it like it is! and this is coming from a big fan of 30 rock, community, etc.

i also didn't want to come through and just vote for the film that i already know. i'm asian, so i would have loved to see more asian american representation, but what can you do? bread and butter sounded really interesting to me, but i have no idea how hybrid vigor is winning 2nd. it has the most vague description ever and those themes are SO PLAYED OUT. honestly, i would pay to see DWP, and i don't pay to go to the movies often.

Kayla

It's really disappointing to me that the official Hybrid Vigor film is being so angry and defensive on Twitter. I watched all of the trailers and I found DWP to be the most compelling, though I wish SBE got a few more votes – this is not about 'race'. I am not voting because they are black and so I am. I am voting because this particular story are things needed to be told and the filmmaking is above par; it reminds me of a cooler, modern less camp School Daze and HV's pretty girl walking around dreary Europe does not appeal to me . It's a shame the HV team is trying to spin it as if we are not in it for the filmmaking. Are plot and theme not important parts of filmmaking in their world? This is like being angry if women voted for a film with a feminist story that might appeal to them. How insulting it is, how disingenuous, to say that we do not care for filmmaking. For shame.

Sandra

Claiming that we are bots is ridiculous. I followed a link here from tumblr so that I could vote for the most deserving project (Dear White People). There has been no link to here from tumblr previous to the post I saw, so of course there's going to be a lot of new people coming over to vote when it's linked.

But of course people who don't want to see this movie made will claim that all of us voting for it are bots.

Ariel

I do hope that the people coming from tumblr are at least checking out the other choices. I know Dear White People wins hands down in both message and style, but it wouldn't be fair to vote blindly!

I can see why Hybrid Vigor is pulling up second – the description and theme had a lot of potential, but the trailer they've got just isn't selling it. I'm a little disappointed.

Marie

I vote for Dear White People!!!!!!!!!!

Elia

I really hope that Dear White People wins. The initiative is amazing, and it will put focus on a lot of issues that most of us white people are completely unaware of.

Go Dear White People!

Justin

Lol "bots"? Yeah, I don't think so, thats just the power of tumblr baby.
http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3bsqgIfRS1qbtzxr.jpg

Justin Peach Pierce

Dear White People :D

pandaseal

Folks are really assuming this must be rigged? I saw the trailer on Tumblr a while ago and when a link to vote crossed my dash, I voted for it. I wasn't aware that made me a bot.

C-

Dear White People!!

JamTown

I voted for "Dear White People" because it excites me. I am so tired of seeing the same Black story and the same Black characters over and over again in Hollywood. This film will be provocative, funny, smart, and will inform alot of people of all races about one aspect of the Black experience, one that I encountered while attending USC film school. Kudos to Justin Simien and his team for stepping out with this one and getting it done.

Arnold

@JustHereForThe Cookies ha ha your number 3). Not just me then! :-)

Liz

I'm just excited we managed to get 100 votes even with all these great projects to choose from! Go IndieWire! Go DWP AND HV and What's Revenge? AND Sun Belt Express! This is awesome!!!

Liz, writer/director "Bread and Butter" (not BREAD AND BUTT)

BK

Sad that all the feverish supports of HV are in danger of being misconstrued as an official voice of the film. I personally know HV from back in my college days, and I don't believe he'd want any film to fail as he personally knows what it's like to struggle in getting your feet off the ground when pursuing a dream. So if you are going to post negative comments be sure not to throw his name under the bus for your point b/c that's simply not fair to him or to his supporters. You want to help? Spread the word, get people to vote.

Not this: http://xkcd.com/386/

It's just an internet poll. And no one is going to remember this in the long run.

The true winner in this is that both indiewire and the two projects being discussed are getting extra exposure due to this debate. :)

JustHerefortheCookies

1) Assumption that you won't relate to DWP because it's made by and features prominently PoC is… not realistic, to put in nicely. Looking at all the books, movies, and other artistic expression that feature white people, and looking at how many different people have managed to relate to them, if you think you can't relate because your skin is different, or your experience as a human is SO FAR REMOVED from their experience as a human… I don't… I can't even…

2) Not going to address claims of bots and racism because I don't pander to morons.

3) I looked at the websites for each film on the list. I thought What's Revenge had a great premise and interesting tone. Sun Belt Express is socially relevant at the moment, but looks a bit unoriginal. Still, it tells me something about the story. All I could find out about Hybrid Vigor was this, "Hybrid Vigor is a feature film about life, death, violence, morality, immortality, love, and loss in the USSR during Soviet times and in present day Latvia." Also, I can be in the poster. That's all I found out. Seriously. I'm not saying the information isn't there, but where is it? What is the movie actually about? Is it an imagery-heavy, conceptual film, e.g., Baraka or Tree of Life. Is it a narrative? What is it? I believe the filmmaker is sincere, but that's not really enough.

4) I don't have a four. I'm glad everyone is excited for their respective films of choice. While project of the month is an honor, it's not a make-or-break deal, nor is it an indicator of which movie will be better and/or more successful. The people have spoken, so let's just wait and see, k?

EDC

I'm here cheating, er, voting for Dear White People. Been following their progress on Facebook for months after seeing their fantastic trailer.

You know what? I'll go there: Hybrid Vigor is a weak title, so much so that I didn't even bother watching their trailer. That is a failure of marketing for me. Ultimately, this process is only a meritocracy when it comes to marketing, not content (sad though that may be), and if one team is able to hit a viral hot-streak before another, there's no need for sour grapes. I've been waiting for a new Hollywood Shuffle for 25 years now, so I'm thrilled to see all the support they've been getting. Anyone who thinks that "issue" movies aren't "real indie cinema" should watch some stuff like Hollywood Shuffle, early Spike Lee, etc. again before waxing judgmental about what constitutes "true indie spirit"…

Arnold

I looked at both. It's easy to see what "Hey White People" is about, but not "Hybrid Vigor". OK love and loss etc, but what's it actually ABOUT? Maybe that's why it's not winning?

Nb in the end I voted for What's Revenge, as it seems the most original.

649inejrhb

You idiots! This isn't a bot at work. It's thousands of people, black/white/asian/latino/etc. who are DYING to see a movie featuring poc in a positive light. Because the media is more whitewashed now than in the 1950's.

cee

as a white person, i think the world needs more movies like dear white people. movies like "the help" or "the blind side" aren't about racism- they're about white guilt. the conversation on racism doesn't really need more white perspective, because that's all it's had for ages. we need more movies like dear white people- movies BY poc FOR poc, that take a real look at the issue from the point of view of those actually affected.

Brandi

I've been following Dear White People for months so I voted for it. Everyone I know has been following it and voted for it, too. CONSPIRACY!!!111

Tracie (mojomomma)

I personally chose to vote for Hybrid Vigor. I appreciate the message Dear White People presents, but also think it just brings more animosity into the situation it is fighting against as well. Hybrid to me looks to be a well made, quality indie film which is something I look for. The voting issue for me is slightly disturbing, I did see an odd jump in votes yesterday, yet they may just be a huge campaign push who knows it does seem to be unusual. I find it sad that people all working to the same goal are turning this into a war or that the situation calls for a look at the validity of the votes. I would hope all votes are honest and that the makers of these films would never stoop to the level of vote rigging when they should be true artist at heart and allow their works to stand on their own merits.

Roy

I voted for DWP because tumblr's done a hell of a lot for me in terms of checking and rechecking my privilege and it made me a better person. This movie is important for all Americans; it addresses a real and pressing need. Can any of the others say as much?

DANNI

People really underestimate TUMBLR. I too am from tumblr and DWP is spreading like wildfire. I reallyyy want to see this movie!!! I've never heard of any of the other movies on this list either, Im sure they might be good but DWP is going to be GREAT. Stop hatin! ahah

Sent by Tumblr

I wasn't aware of this voting until I saw the Dear White People post on Tumblr. Their campaign is very strong and there are a lot of people supporting this important film, as there should be. That being said, I am voting for Hybrid Vigor because as a film and as art, I think it is absolutely excellent and the better movie.

Rachael

Whoo! Go Dear White People!
-Another person from tumblr land

Holly

these votes were not rigged. tumblr is a very huge place. i'm not a bot, and i voted for dear white people. that movie NEEDS more press. it's extremely important and deserves all of the attention it gets.

Charlie

I voted for Dear White People because I think it's hugely important as well as hugely hilarious and a brilliant piece of filmmaking. I have around a thousand followers on tumblr; I reblogged a post talking about this film and this poll and guess what, some of my followers agreed with me and voted and reblogged and then some of their followers agreed… that's how the internet works. That's how tumblr works.

Funny that the very idea of a film about black people being popular makes people cry bots, though…

Sarah

Voted for Hybrid Vigor….been following for awhile, see quality, passion, and a story that captures the imagination! Go Hybrid Vigor! [disclosure: we backed HV's Kickstarter campaign!]

True story

We're not bots. No one has ever heard of Hybrid Vigor whereas Dear White People actually has a decent amount of press, for good reason. It's likely the better film if A) more people are talking about it and B) it has more votes and no, we're not bots…we're from the internet but we're real people who want to see this movie win.

C

Hybrid Vigor is actually the better movie and it's sad to see it shunned in favour of something like Dear White People, but oh well.

Drew

People just need to stop crying about bots and racism and start talking about why they like these projects. I voted for Hybrid Vigor simply because I've been following this film for a long time and I like the creator. He seems extremely passionate and dedicated to his project. And also Hybrid Vigor looks like a very cool movie. While the plot is a mystery, I believe Brandon has done that intentionally to protect it from being knocked off by the sharks in Hollywood, before he can get it made. Give it a fair chance and I believe you won't be disappointed. Cheers

K

Oh, I see, because we can't want to support and like a film, we must be hive voting. Nevermind that it's been talked about for some time and clearly appeals to a need very dear to a lot of people's hearts. It can't be that we're interested in a film from a black perspective! It's not because we want this issue heard and are interested in hearing more about it. We couldn't possibly watch the trailer and think it's the best. Oh no, it must be because 'someone told us to'. Plenty of pleas come across my dashboard; "Vote for my sister in this!" "Please here is a sob story about my small business" "Can you pay my bills". I don't give or vote or do anything for the vast majority of them. The fact that thousands have jumped on this issue is because it's got something special and it appeals to us. Stay bitter.

A

" I don't vote for films just because someone tells me I should."

What makes you think we don't know about the movie we voted for? Is it unfathomable that another film could possibly have a following as dedicated to one movie as you are to the one you like? Grow up.

BG

Wow. How bitter do you have to be to accuse one project of cheating JUST because it's doing better than another project? It's getting exposure and the people who are exposed to it like it and vote for it.
How is that fishy? It's called LOGIC.
You were all wishing everyone luck when Hybrid Vigor was in the lead. Now that it's not, we're just going to forget all that and start stomping your feet like a giant baby and cry "Bots! Conspiracy!!!11"?
Anyway, good luck to EVERYONE. ALL of these projects. Even if the one I didn't vote for gets in the lead or wins.

Tim

Everyone needs to vote Hybrid Vigor. I've followed their campaign to make their film and their passion is infectious. They deserve to have more recognition for their hard work. Come on HV army let's do this!

E. L.

There's nothing "sad" about people coming out in support of a film that speaks to them. Trying to frame this like it's some kind of big, bad, brown conspiracy, like we're the borg, going around brainwashing people into voting for Dear White People and stomping on the dreams of "true" indie movies like Hybrid Vigor is beyond ridiculous. People are voting for Dear White People because it's an important movie with an important message. The fact that some folks are throwing around conspiracy theories about it's success and implying that it's only getting votes through manipulation just goes to prove how necessary a movie like this is.

In other words: stay mad, haters.

CC

Yep. Tumblr made me aware so I voted for Dear White People. Seems interesting enough for me!

Jenn

I heard about Dear White People several months back and when I saw a note about this poll on tumblr I voted to show my support.

deedawn

Dear White People is winning because it has been gaining a following since its inception. This following is passionate about the film itself, but also about making it accessible to as many people as possible. We are vocal, we are many, that is all.

Gillian

The fact that people are all up in arms about "Dear White People" taking the lead pretty much proves the necessity of this film.
Ya'll are racist.

Hache L Jones

Sad that this is turning into a war rather than a competition. I voted for Hybrid Vigor because it is a film whose campaign I've followed from the start, one that I admire greatly, and one that I backed. I don't vote for films just because someone tells me I should.

David

I voted for Dear White People, I saw the trailer ages ago (and I loved it), and I heard about this poll from tumblr.

Karnythia

I'm one of the people who voted for Dear White People & kicked in some cash. I have over 1600 followers on Twitter & another 2000+ on Tumblr & guess what? I reblogged the posts & tweeted for this movie. No hijinks necessary. It just takes having a big enough audience to boost the signal to in the first place.

ImHolmesick

The voting seems more a reflection of each film's description rather than hacking and bots. Some grab your attention and others less so. Who wrote Hybrid's synopsis? Lowkey Latvia.

numol

i'm also here from tumblr, and like a whole lot of people, i voted for Dear White People because it seems like an awesome movie. assuming there are bots involved or there's some kind of ~conspiracy~ is ridiculous.

Ophiucha

Everyone who thinks this is rigged must not understand tumblr very well. Whenever a poll like this makes its rounds from a few popular people's reblogs, the number of votes *always* skyrockets. stfuconservatives, a popular political tumblog, often posts a link to a Fox News poll about gay marriage or another 'hot' issue, and in *minutes*, the liberal option has 90% of the votes. And those silly polls about the hottest celeb have been turning up Hiddleston and Cumberbatch more often almost entirely because of tumblr. In a poll with only ~4,000 votes in total, it's not a stretch to think that over 50% of those votes are from the blogging site that basically funded the project in question.

Juli Baecker

True Indie spirit – Hybrid Vigor – passion in film, passion in story telling, staying true to a dream! I voted for the film project that represents the Indie spirit!

Oscar

Dear White People is so important. Get mad cuz someone mentions racism? lol bUt We R POst-R@acial ricght guise?

Ellie

dear white people! sent here by tumblr :)

A

lol @ people who don't understand how tumblr works. I voted for DWP but I'm not going to reblog/like it because I'm not popular. Do you really think every tumblr user reblogs something they can easily vote for?

KJR

Dang, the humans have figured us out.

Well, there's nothing else to do but admit it. We tumblr folk are cylons. Yes, it's all true. Robots, one and all.

Sorry for voting en masse on "Dear White People." We only did it because we know it makes you humans uncomfortable that a movie about white people being casually and ignorantly racist would appear to be so popular and in demand, and we're very spiteful silica-based beings.

We'll just withdraw to our Tumblr Basestar now.

Alix

Tumblr made me aware of this, so I checked it out and voted accordingly. Dear White People sounds legit enough for me to vote for it.

juice

People vote on polls for the choice they think is best. They think Dear White People is best. That's all there is to it.

Beth

Voted for Dear White people, I came across the poll on Tumblr and I'd already heard of the project and think it is a brilliant one to support.

Dan

I've been reblogging and boosting folks to vote for Dear White People. Just because some people are sad that POCs can actually campaign for something, they think voting is rigged. Lmao.

Kisara

Dear White People seems about right to me. Nothing seems wrong. Some people are acting as though they are offended by the fact that it was voted for over the other one and to be honest, the Hybrid vigor didn't seem all that moving to me. Dear White People may actually help the situations everyone is going through now on a wider scale then the other movie. But that's MY opinion. I don't sense foul play or any type of crap like that, why go through the trouble? That doesn't make any sense.

In my case, i was reading another blog and clicked on this one, read it all, voted for the one I liked. Dear White People

L >K

I use social networks and can tell that with 400 followers who follow hundreds of other ppl besides you – you would be lucky to get 4 votes out of that.

and… https://twitter.com/DearWhitePeople/status/230180134064373760 it has only 4 retweets. I fart and get more retweets than that. I just don't see any evidence of any social network success anywhere. Maybe you can send some links?

Gargoyle

Yes, I understand the network effect K. Hope that is what is the driving force here.

Good luck to all the films in the vote.

K

Tumblr is full of broke students and young adults, the fact that they don't financially support the project isn't so much a 'hmmmm' as a 'duh'.

K

Actually, I am going to reblog it so you guys can better understand how things can on Tumblr can reach huge amounts of people. My Tumblr is a collection of stuff I think looks cool or provokes thought, be it art, quotes, or even just a boob shot, but I have 400 followers. Of those 400, I'd say about 250 use Tumblr regularly (as in like at least twice a week) and about a core 20 are online friends I've found there who comment and like/reblog almost everything I post. A couple of those core friends are much more popular on Tumblr than I am, and they have thousands of followers (they're mostly artists). So when I reblog the post asking for votes, let's say 250 people have it pop up on their 'dashboard'. Of those 250, maybe 100 actually read it and 20 click through. Of my close buddies, probably around 5 or 10 would click it AND reblog/like it (thus adding to notes) even though the majority will not. Maybe one of those reblogging it are one of the more popular users, so their reblog will reach much more thanmy measly handful. Then they would reach THEIR followers and it keeps going again and again.

That's how Tumblr works, and that's how something can go from lagging behind to sprinting to the front in what seems like an hour.

Just because someone doesn't reblog it or show up in the 'notes' doesn't mean it's not reaching a huge audience who might be okay with clicking it once and not spreading or 'liking it' (keeping a record of the post).

Gargoyle

Well I guess Tumblr is the magic then. Too bad those folks from Tumblr didn't support their Kickstarter campaign. Looks like the final tally was: 22 Backers; $2,980 pledged; $25,000 goal. Like I said … Hmmmmmmm. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/62847984/dear-white-people-2121311?ref=live

K

I came from Tumblr and voted for Dear White People. I don't follow them, I didn't reblog it, but it popped on my dash and I didn't have to login to vote so I did it because I wanted to support it. So no, I'm not part of the 'notes' but some popular users reblogged it and that means it shows up on thousands of people's dash like mine.

That's why the votes sky rocketed for it, because other people don't know how to use social media to their advantage and they're bitter.

Greenstacks89

I have nothing to lie about and you guys are hating cause people are actually voting so whats the big deal and I'm not saying all those votes came from my party. cause I know that it's impossible but what I am saying is that it could have been that alot of people so happened to vote and I don't think the website has been doing anything wrong I actually like all the movies including Hybrid vigor but this website is just asking for people to vote not who should get what and why thats how it is and if you don't like then get more people to vote for the film you support enough said it's a losing battle anyway good luck to all the films piece

Gargoyle

Hmmmmmm … something smells fishy here. That's a shame.

Three Days Film

Wow – what's going on with the suddenly huge amount of votes with "Dear White People"?!! Bit weird…

Warren

GREENSTACKS89, you are seriously saying you had a party with over 1,000 people on a Monday night and you got every person to vote for "Dear White People" and that is why they are in first now? You should tell the people making the film about your party. They seem to think it's from Tumblr: https://twitter.com/DearWhitePeople/status/230180134064373760 and even that makes no sense. If you follow the timeline of Notes on Tumblr you can see it took less than 1 hour for them to go from 24% to 48% and most of the Notes happened after they were already in the lead: http://dear-white-people.tumblr.com/post/28389632707/wanna-send-us-to-the-tribeca-film-institute-if-we

How did you get everyone at your party to vote in 1 hour? How many computers did you have at this party? Do you have 1,000 IP addresses? Because they could not all vote from 1 IP address. It's impossible.

Any more stories you would like to tell GREENSTACKS89?

Greenstacks89

just because the votes went up doesn't mean the votes are fixed people are campaigning day and night for their projects trying to get as many votes as possible for example I support the movie Dear white people and threw a party with a little over a thousand people who support this movie and everyone voted at my house cause they wanted to support it and the party just ended so yes people actually Vote .

Mick

I'm sure "Dear white People" is going to be great, but I'd like to point out the strange behaviour in votes on that project – it slacked, then votes exploded for an hour or so and now again Hybrid Vigor is gaining faster.

It's obvious that those votes are fixed by bots – otherwise why did this tendency didn't last? There is no other explanation. I just hope Indiewire takes that into consideration and deducts ~1700 votes

Joy

Dear White People is a necessary movie. And like DG said, it is a film that is long overdue.

Shay

Dear White People

BG

I'm sure all films are great, but my vote is for Dear White People. A film like this should have been brought to everyone's attention ages ago. Long overdue and so necessary.

Lydia H

I would say my vote is for dear white people it look refreshing and what more can you say the title is eye opening

shaylan Adams

I vote for dear whit people

sophia Ty

dear white people all the way

Toree G

My vote for Dear White People it's looks awsome

Mish

Kudos to all, but 'Dear White People' ALL THE WAY!!

Bhotch

'Dear White People' is the truth on film, representative of an educative "teaching" moment for each of us; especially those who would do better if they knew better!

Dave B

Hybrid Vigor all the way!

CT

Dear White People

Victor Solis

I've been following the story of Hybrid Vigor for a few months. Agreed with Eliza– everyone deserves the visibility and best of luck. Hybrid Vigor has a fascinating human story behind the hard work, the director's own life adventure in Latvia, and the mysterious lead actress. Here's a vote for your team on behalf of my production crew of "Generic Girl" the comedy series.

Sean Wright

Bread and Butter looks like just an amazing project. And I've heard some casting rumors, looks like it's going to be huge. I'd vote for that a million times if I could.

Helena

Hybrid Vigor. For sure. The passion those guys have is amazing.

Eliza

All my respect for all projetcs here but my vote goes for Hybrid Vigor. I follow them on Twitter: @HybridVigorFilm, on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube. Donated for their Kickstarter project and i have to say that such cooperation between filmmaker and supporters i have not seen no where else.
Here is not just race for film projects- here is next goal (level) what Hybrid Vigor Team WILL reach. This will be the best feature film of the year, made by hard work, supporters love and mysterious, heart touching story!! See what we've all become together!
We are one! /Delta Goodrem/
Thank You to everyone who vote for Hybrid Vigor

Rachel

Bread and Butter! A romantic comedy for the rest of us!

Sandra Lira

I also voted for Hybrid Vigor and backed it Kickstarter. It looks like it's going to be a very interesting and visually stunning film.

Nick

Bread and Butter definitely. They have a lot of dedicated, talented people behind them, and they have a sense of humor that's incredibly refreshing.

David

I also supported Hybrid Vigor her and on Kickstarter. Check them out!

A film about life, death, violence, morality, immortality, love, and loss in the USSR during Soviet times and in present day Latvia.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hybridvigor/hybrid-vigor-a-feature-film-shot-on-location-in-la?play=1&ref=Twitterprofilelink

Dedrick Webb

I'll put my vote in for Hybrid Vigor– It looked promising enough to get my backing on Kickstarter. One of the few independant films that looks like it's taking the art seriously and not just another "hey, look I got a dSLR."

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