Send Kristen to AFI Fest 2017

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I've been fortunate to write film criticism and pop culture essays for over ten years. My work has been published on Film School Rejects, TCM Backlot, Shondaland and Heat Vision, to name just a few. There aren't many physically disabled pop culture writers out there, and I hope to both enlighten and inspire others to believe they too can become writers despite limitations.

Regarldess of my disability, I try to do what I can for my work. This year I've done a lot of traveling, whether it's going to L.A. for a Sofia Coppola interview or New York City to see Hamlet. But, of course, travel costs money and this year I got a great opportunity I could use your help for. 

I was given press credentials for the first time to cover AFI Fest in Los Angeles. This is a HUGE opportunity, especially for a handicapped film critic just trying to make it alongside countless others. Now a trip to L.A. is nothing, but it comes at a bad time for me moneywise and I'm not forced to ask for donations to offset costs. All donations will go towards my travel costs - hotel and airfare mainly - as I cover the festival from my wheelchair. 

Any and all donations would be a big help, and I hope you'll enjoy my coverage of AFI Fest 2017!
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I'm incredibly humbled and amazed that so many people felt the need to donate to my trip. I thank each and every one of who shared and donated. I am going to keep the campaign open till the end of the week.

Due to GoFundMe's fees I'm not quite at $2,000 when they actually process everything, so if you'd still like to donate something you can. I won't need to pay expenses till next week so every bit helps.

For those who already donated I will start going through and dispensing perks to everyone. For certain perks I'll be emailing individual contributors and asking if they'd like them or not, so be on the lookout. Thank you everyone!
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WIth just a week left to go before AFI Fest I'm utter amazed by the kind people - both who I know and who I don't - that have donated. I received a few donations from local friends so I have about $600 to go. I don't know if I can raise that in a week but I'm gonna keep trying! Please keep sharing the campaign!
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Hi everyone! I am so overwhelmed by the support I've seen for my campaign, and over half the money is raised. Seeing so many people I've admired as colleagues and friends support me is heartwarming. I also have been so humbled to see people I haven't had the pleasure of meeting donate.

I had mentioned on Twitter doing something fun as a thank-you if I hit my goal. If you know me you know two things: I love to snark on pop culture and I enjoy Are You Afraid of the Dark (okay, most people who know me would say that's not the two things they think of). I had mentioned doing a blog devoted to recapping (cheekily) every episode of the series and people seemed to respond. So, if I hit my goal I'll be posting reviews of what I'm dubbing The Midnight Snark-ciety.

I'm trying to think of another treat for everyone if I go over my goal so feel free to throw out suggestions. Thanks continue to go out to those who have shared and donated. A week left so let's hit $2,000!
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I'm beyond amazed at the donations amassed in less than 24 hours! I've booked my hotel and airfare so all donations will go towards making sure I'm not swimming in credit card debt when I get home. Thank you to everyone who's donated so far and please keep sharing!
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