Happy December! In the interest of helping you procrastinate on holiday chores, we’ve compiled this list of recently launched, totally awesome projects for you to browse. And in case you’re in need of extended distraction, we recommend occupying yourself with our Discover projects page, where you’ll find plenty more great stuff. Enjoy!
Gina’s Amtrak-ing her way from NYC to San Francisco to be with her bride-to-be Anika (those Skype dates weren’t cutting it!), and she’s turning the east-to-west journey into a Kickstarter project by documenting it with photos, songs, and writings from the way. Why spend three days alone on the road when she can spend it with all of you out there? Her rewards start at $3 and work their way up slowly, offering postcards, photo prints, customized annotated maps, digital downloads of the songs she writes, and the final book compilation of it all (plus drinks, naturally). Join the love train! - Daniella J.
“A shy fiddler named Niki meets a lovely moon-spirit and her strange musical band…” begins the description of short film Moonchild. A delightfully eccentric blend of stop motion and paper animation, this Singapore-based project tells a decades-old tale of love and transformation — but it’s unconventional approach and beautiful, understated narrative make it feel all brand new. The magical world animators Sara Chong and Chen Yanyun have created is incredible, and their awesome rewards (limited edition, hand-made puppets, sculptures, and other original art) only make it better. Take me to the moon! - Cassie M.
The original bad boy of soul, R&B and hip-hop, Blowfly is the ultimate party boy. Clarence Reid, as his parents knew him, is the sequined and masked singer, often credited with founding rap music. His influence can be heard far and wide, on artists like Red Hot Chili Peppers, 2 Live Crew, Ice T and the Dead Kennedy’s. The Weird World of Blowfly examines the musicians storied past, how he sold his royalties for next to nothing, and what the future holds for this infamous icon. - Mike M.
Gotta love how straight forward Kayla is with her project title! Her project is to create ten portraits of ten artists on as many ukulele’s, and then use the newly painted instruments to record an album of cover songs. It’s the kind of whimsical premise we’ve learned to love at Kickstarter, and it’s great to hear Kayla’s story unfold in her candidly conversation project video (she once painted live on stage for Amanda Palmer — who she created one of her original painted ukulele’s for!) Six bucks gets you the finished EP, which sounds like a deal to me. I also love her paintings of cats and robots. - Cassie M.