by Chris Tobias
This year marks the 10th anniversary of a worldwide shindig that originally started as a way to ensure that Joss Whedon’s epic science-fiction film Serenity could be seen on the big screen every year, but quickly grew into much, much more.
Ten years after a strong, successful start in almost 50 cities across the world, Can’t Stop the Serenity has grown into a worldwide movement that sponsors and oversees annual charity screenings of the “Big Damn Movie” that was inspired by Firefly, as well as other films like Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. These screenings take place in cities all over the world between April and October each year, along with a number of affiliated shindigs that pay tribute to Whedon and his work (with an emphasis on Firefly and Serenity). Along with some of the larger science-fiction and comics conventions and the Browncoat Ball, they’ve become an annual high point in the life of Browncoats everywhere.
Over the years, Browncoats who’ve attended CSTS screenings and affiliate events have raised money for a variety of charities, with the lion’s share of the funds going to Equality Now, an organization that advocates for the rights of women around the world and is the charity of choice of Joss Whedon.
On February 2, Can’t Stop the Serenity officially announced that as of 2014, the organization has raised $1,000,000 for Equality Now and the numerous other charitable causes that are supported by the Browncoats around the world who have organized CSTS events. The money has come in the form of Pounds, Euros and Dollars (American, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand), and has been contributed by Browncoats in cities both large and small.
Take Back the Sky salutes the many Browncoats around the globe who have contributed their time, creativity and efforts to help Can’t Stop the Serenity achieve this impressive milestone. Once again, the Browncoats have proven that there is not a more caring fandom in all of science-fiction, and that there is certainly no mightier fan base on the planet if your goal is to do the impossible!
Congratulations, Can’t Stop the Serenity, on ten years of successfully doing good works. Keep flyin’.