‘Tis the Season to be giving.  (And shooting – though we’d always recommend that!)  This month, we’re going to a highlight a few good causes if you’re looking to give more than gifts this holiday season.

The first one has a deadline approaching, so we wanted to let y’all know about it as soon as possible.  It’s a new documentary called “A Girl and a Gun” and the film makers are raising funds in order to complete the film.

Here’s a description from the website:

What does a woman with a gun mean to you?

Does Sarah Palin, Amy Bishop, Annie Oakley, or Angelina Jolie first come to mind?

Or is it your mother, girlfriend, or the neighbor next-door?

A GIRL AND A GUN is a feature documentary that explores the complex relationship between women and their guns. Filmed throughout America, this documentary delves deep into the psyche of the American gun world, capturing its transformation from subculture to mainstream as women arm themselves in rapidly high numbers.

Penetrating far beyond Hollywood’s hyper-sexualized gun-toting goddesses, this documentary candidly portrays the modern American woman through intimate portraits that revolve around fundamental issues of preservation, power, feminism and violence.

MORE ON THE FILM: The narrative follows four women whose lives have been irrevocably touched by firearms. A Bronx social worker substitutes pistols for her loss of physical power; a gun-control activist from New Jersey reversed her stance on owning weapons after a stray bullet paralyzed her daughter; despite losing her brother in a hunting accident, a Tennessee nurse sees her own hunting as the ultimate way to provide for her family; a graphic designer from New Hampshire survived a violent rape in her thirties, and when she was viciously attacked again — she was prepared. “The second time, I had a gun.”

These journeys interweave with an eclectic cast of experts and supporting voices shaped by historical and pop-cultural imagery, photographs, advertisements, Hollywood clips, and the voices of scholars, historians, feminists, gun-rights activists, gun-control activists, and pop-culture critics who have been following this topic for decades.

We are really excited about seeing this film go to completion, and we hope you are too.  So if you are interested in helping out, please consider making a tax-deductible donation.  The documentary has non-profit status through their fiscal sponsor, Women Make Movies, a 501c3 organization based in New York City.  Depending on how much you donate, they have special prizes, video, pictures, and more!

Go to their Kickstarter website, and donate today, or cut and paste this link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1415597080/a-girl-and-a-gun-feature-documentary.

Check out a video preview of the film:

If a financial contribution is not feasible for you, consider  Liking them on Facebook or joining their Mailing List.