Since 2009, people from all over the world have pledged $200 million to film and video projects on Kickstarter. As a result, hundreds of Kickstarter-funded films have opened theatrically, thousands have played at festivals, seven have been nominated for Academy Awards, and Inocente even won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short last year. Today we’re excited to announce that you can watch hundreds of these films right now in the brand-new Kickstarter room on iTunes.
The room features a LOT of Kickstarter-funded films, including Veronica Mars, the fan favorite television show turned full-length movie made possible by the support of 91,585 fans. There’s also an amazing assortment of other films, including favorites like Gimme the Loot, Indie Game: The Movie, Putty Hill, Trash Dance, and Buzkashi Boys, an Oscar-nominated short filmed entirely in Afghanistan. There’s enough in there to keep you busy for months.
Filmmakers everywhere use Kickstarter to fund new projects and build community around their work. Some are well-known artists, others are making something for the first time. There are Kickstarter-funded features, shorts, documentaries, web series, and more — and they all begin with a community of believers. People who believe in filmmakers, and want to be a part of telling their stories. People who believe in the power of film.
We got in touch with some of those people for an oral history on the return of Veronica Mars and its subsequent transition into feature-length territory. We talked to everyone from Rob Thomas, the show’s creator and director, to Lillian Taba and Monica Foltz, twin sisters who went from freaking out that the film could be a reality, to actually being in the film. It’s a celebration of the power of community.
Today's a big day for film and a big day for fans — but it's only the beginning ...