I'm a little late to this thread.
First of all, thank you Guardian for all the detective work and being another demonstration of what needs to be done to not be taken advantage of and not to let pathology flourish. Clearly I should have found this thread and read it at the time I was helping Fifth Way with the film (though admittedly I did not know his forum name at the time--also my mistake).
That's incredibly disingenuous, FW. You immediately saw that being involved with EE also got you involved with a number of forum/group members which you then proceeded to exploit covertly. You tried, once again, to use the group to promote YOU.
That was me--I helped Fifth Way after an EE meeting. There were a number of red flags (most notably I knew that Laura hadn't endorsed the project "yet", but was unaware of the feedback she gave on this thread, despite having asked Fifth Way what she thought about it) that I brushed aside thinking that the risk to me was limited and that the film could be a potentially positive endeavor and possibly help the network more--obviously wrong. First-hand demonstration of why individual members meeting up is fraught with issues.
I also find it hard to believe that, considering the way Laura spoke about her feedback regarding his film making abilities on the forum, he was unclear about what she thought, resulting in his being intentionally deceptive regarding her feedback.
So some people had actually already given money? I thought it was only at the pledge-level for the moment, that the money was pledged until the whole sum (60K) was reached, at which point the money was to be paid by the 'pledgers'?
It's true that the Kickstarter campaign didn't charge anyone, requiring that the project be funded in full by the deadline before making any charges. However, Fifth Way did not mention that he also had a paypal account set up to take donations from people who didn't have/use credit cards or wanted another way of contributing. Someone suggested that one avenue of additional fund raising would be that people could donate items that were going to be sold on ebay wherein that money would go into his paypal account and get pledged against his credit card on the kickstarter campaign. I basically consulted on the logistical challenge that this would be and I don't recall exactly whether he said he had gotten any money donations, though I think he may have gotten one or two through paypal--I'm just not certain.
Did you get any donations through paypal Fifth Way and, if so, did you refund the money?