Last of the Lawsonomists

A project in Milwaukee, WI by Susan Kerns

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This film follows 93-year-old Merle Hayden, the last crusading devotee of aviation pioneer Alfred Lawson's movement, Lawsonomy.
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Funded: $16,110 of $14,000
Dates: Jul 29th -> Aug 28th (30 days)
Project By: Susan Kerns
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Latest News

It's the Big Day!

August 27th - via:
Not only is today the last day of our Kickstarter campaign AND the 94th anniversary of the first Lawson Airliner flight, it's also director Ryan Sarnowski's birthday! To celebrate, here is the footage of the Lawson Airliner in flight! Thank you all... (Read More)

94th Anniversary of First Airliner Flight!

August 25th - via:
Next Tuesday, August 27, marks the 94th anniversary of Alfred Lawson’s first airliner flight. In celebration, I asked Ryan to write a little bit about it. Enjoy! A Brief, Historical Update from Ryan What started as a routine test flight from... (Read More)

Last of the Lawsonomists in the News!

August 21st - via:
Hi Everyone! Just a brief update to direct you toward today's OnMilwaukee article about the film! (In fact, this update is so brief, it probably should have been a tweet.) Please click on the link above, enjoy, and thanks again for your support!... (Read More)

The Last of the Lawsonomists lives on

August 21st - via:
Most people have likely never heard of aviator, baseball player and economic philosopher Alfred Lawson and his religion Lawsonomy. There's a good chance, however, they've seen the University of Lawsonomy, a farm located on I-94 between Milwaukee and Chicago, emblazoned with the message "Study Natural Law." (Read More)

We Made It!!! Now What Do We Do?

August 19th - via:
Ryan created a “Thank You!” video below for allowing us to meet our goal with over a week to spare!!! We never expected to do so this quickly. Thank you, THANK you, and thank YOU! We are over the moon. We also cannot just let this campaign rot on... (Read More)

The Man, The Myth, The Songs

August 16th - via:
Alfred Lawson’s followers not only went door to door to spread word about his inventions and teachings, they also celebrated his work through song. As such, the Lawsonomists have at least two songbooks and numerous cassette recordings of... (Read More)

Hear Lawson's Speeches! Mighty Menorgs!

August 12th - via:
If you don't feel like reading this morning, feel free to skip ahead to the audio samples at the very end. They're fun and well worth a listen. If you want the full details, read on! A challenge making Last of the Lawsonomists has been finding Alfred... (Read More)

Forget Dinner with Andre, Have Dinner with Merle!

August 5th - via:
Sweet Pink Squirrels and Golden Cadillacs! I was going to post an update today about EAA, which ended yesterday, but *We Only Have One Dinner With Merle Left!!!* And I want to explain why this is so special. First, you will be dining with Merle.... (Read More)

The Guys and Gals Behind the Guys and Gals

August 2nd - via:
“It takes a village to make a movie” has become a truism in my house, and Last of the Lawsonomists is no different. We have relied on the hard work of brilliant people over the years, and we wanted to use this update to thank the... (Read More)

Schlock-Wire: Help Make LAST OF THE LAWSONOMISTS A Cinematic Reality

August 1st - via:
Here is a news about a doc­u­men­tary that Schlockmania can get behind — and news on how you can help make it a real­ity. Last Of The Lawsonomists focuses on Merle Hayden, the last sur­viv­ing fol­lower of an obscure but fas­ci­nat­ing phi­los­o­phy that claims to have the solu­tions to all of society’s social and finan­cial trou­bles. It’s a tale about cults, alter­na­tive think­ing and a uniquely American type of out­sider genius — all the things that make doc­u­men­taries worth watching. (Read More)

EAA AirVenture 2013

July 30th - via:
It's EAA AirVenture week in Oshkosh, WI, and Merle is currently there telling people about Alfred Lawson and connecting with old friends. If you are attending EAA, please stop by "Garmin Exhibit Hangar D" and say hello. Just as Merle is dedicated to... (Read More)

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