11 Kickstarter-Funded Films to Watch at SXSW 2018

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Photo by Carol Watson, courtesy of SXSW.
Photo by Carol Watson, courtesy of SXSW.

Meet a pepperoni-loving Instagram celebrity in the throes of an identity crisis. Hear the stories of the women who fought for social reform during Nicaragua’s 1979 Sandinista Revolution. Learn about the man behind the papier-mâché mask of a beloved Manchester comedian.

This year, eleven Kickstarter-funded films will screen at SXSW, ranging from inventive narrative films like Nijla Mu’min’s Jinn and Charlene de Guzman’s Unlovable to powerful documentaries shedding light on social issues past and present like Nick Budabin’s Chi-Town and Jenny Murray’s ¡Las Sandinistas! — and much more.

Join us in congratulating the Kickstarter creators whose films will screen at this year’s festival, and read on to learn more about them.

All film descriptions below courtesy of SXSW.

Narrative Feature Competition

Jinn by Nijla Mu’min
Jinn by Nijla Mu’min

Jinn — World Premiere 

Director/Screenwriter: Nijla Mu’min

A shape-shifting, pepperoni-loving teenage Instagram celebrity explores her identity and sexuality in the midst of her mother’s conversion to Islam.

398 backers helped bring this project to life on Kickstarter.

Thunder Road by Jim Cummings
Thunder Road by Jim Cummings

Thunder Road — World Premiere 

Director/Screenwriter: Jim Cummings

Officer Arnaud loved his Mom.

248 backers helped bring this project to life on Kickstarter.

Documentary Feature Competition

Chi-Town by Nick Budabin
Chi-Town by Nick Budabin

Chi-Town — World Premiere 

Director: Nick Budabin

An underdog basketball player from Chicago becomes one of the best college point guards in the nation. But his ascent is punctuated by personal loss, debilitating injury, and tragic violence.

270 backers helped bring this project to life on Kickstarter.

Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable — World Premiere 

Director: Sasha Waters Freyer

Artist. Iconoclast. Man of his time. All Things Are Photographable is a revealing documentary portrait of the life and work of acclaimed photographer Garry Winogrand, the epic storyteller capturing pictures of America across three turbulent decades.

285 backers helped bring this project to life on Kickstarter.

¡Las Sandinistas! by Jenny Murray
¡Las Sandinistas! by Jenny Murray

¡Las Sandinistas! — World Premiere 

Director: Jenny Murray

¡Las Sandinistas! uncovers the disappearing stories of women who shattered barriers to lead combat and social reform during Nicaragua’s 1979 Sandinista Revolution, and who continue to lead Nicaragua’s current struggle for democracy and equality.

467 backers helped bring this project to life on Kickstarter.

Narrative Spotlight

Unlovable by Charlene deGuzman
Unlovable by Charlene deGuzman

Unlovable — World Premiere 

Director: Suzi Yoonessi
Screenwriters: Charlene deGuzman, Sarah Adina Smith, Mark Duplass

A sex and love-addicted woman learns what real intimacy is when she starts making music with a reclusive man.

509 backers helped bring this project to life on Kickstarter.

Documentary Spotlight

Getting Over by Jason Charnick
Getting Over by Jason Charnick

Getting Over — World Premiere

Director/Screenwriter: Jason Charnick

A man discovers a box of interviews with his father, a lifelong heroin addict who died of AIDS in 1997. What he finds will uncover generations of family secrets, forcing him to redefine his own past, doubt his present, and question his future.

100 backers helped bring this project to life on Kickstarter.

Visions

Prospect by Zeek Earl & Chris Caldwell
Prospect by Zeek Earl & Chris Caldwell

Prospect — World Premiere 

Directors/Screenwriters: Zeek Earl, Chris Caldwell

A teenage girl and her father travel to a remote moon on the hunt for elusive riches. But there are others roving the moon’s toxic forest, and the job quickly devolves into a desperate fight for survival.

338 backers helped bring this project to life on Kickstarter.

24 Beats Per Second

Milford Graves Full Mantis — World Premiere

Directors: Jake Meginsky, Neil Young

Milford Graves Full Mantis patiently draws the viewer through world-renowned jazz percussionist Milford Graves’ kaleidoscopic creative process. Graves tells stories of struggle and survival, ruminates on the essence of 'swing', and listens to the sound of his heart. The film weaves blistering performance footage from Europe, Japan, and the U.S. with an intimate glimpse into the artist’s singular voice and complex cosmology. 

303 backers helped bring the project to life on Kickstarter.

Being Frank by Steve Sullivan
Being Frank by Steve Sullivan

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story — World Premiere 

Director/Screenwriter: Steve Sullivan

The hilarious and bizarre story of Frank Sidebottom, the cult British comedian in a papier mâché head, and the secretive life of Chris Sievey, the artist trapped inside.

1,353 backers helped bring this project to life on Kickstarter.

Narrative Shorts

Krista by Danny Madden
Krista by Danny Madden

Krista 

Director: Danny Madden
Screenwriters: Danny Madden, Will Madden

In a high school theater class, Krista uses her scene study as catharsis.

21 backers helped bring this project to life on Kickstarter.