Bon Voyage to Our Fall 2017 Creators-in-Residence

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Our Fall 2017 residents
Our Fall 2017 residents

This fall, we welcomed fifteen Kickstarter creators to our office in Brooklyn, NY, as part of our Creators-in-Residence program. The residents settled into their desks in September, and immediately got to work in our theater, recording studio, and meeting rooms. They organized events, developed new work, and partnered with Kickstarter staffers who served as their mentors, providing guidance and support throughout the development of their projects. 

Here's a quick look at what they got up to during their three-month stay:

 
Ani Taj of The Dance Cartel
Ani Taj of The Dance Cartel

They launched Kickstarter projects — and found support from more than 3,000 backers.

Adam J. Kurtz, Hans Reichstetter, Dafina Roberts, Dance Cartel and Ally Shwed ran Kickstarter projects during the fall residency, and all were successfully funded with the help of 3,340 backers. Sean J. Patrick Carney and It’s Showtime NYC each launched a Drip.

Sean J. Patrick Carney, host of the podcast Humor and the Abject
Sean J. Patrick Carney, host of the podcast Humor and the Abject

They created and produced new work.

Podcaster Sean J. Patrick Carney recorded thirty interviews with contemporary artists and comedians from Kickstarter’s recording studio. You can now subscribe to him and support his podcast, Humor and the Abject, on Drip.

Filmmaker Dafina Roberts launched a Kickstarter project for her web series, Giving Me Life (in the Land of the Deadass). Once it successfully funded, she used the Kickstarter theater to color-correct the series and host a “first cut” screening party for the cast, crew, and certain backers. She also held viewing parties via Kickstarter Live. The series has received accolades from Essence, Afropunk, and HuffPost.

Designer, author, and artist Adam J. Kurtz
Designer, author, and artist Adam J. Kurtz

They shipped thousands of rewards.

Adam J. Kurtz stuffed envelopes and shipped out 2,894 copies of his Unsolicited Advice: 2018 Weekly Planner. Filmmaker and product designer Scott Thrift quality tested, boxed, and shipped over 1,300 Today clocks. And Ally Shwed packaged and shipped 488 copies of her comic Blocked: Stories from the World of Online Dating.

Dafina Roberts, director of Giving Me Life (in the Land of the Deadass), with the cast
Dafina Roberts, director of Giving Me Life (in the Land of the Deadass), with the cast

They hosted performances, workshops, and events.

Ani Taj of The Dance Cartel hosted a dance performance in our theater. Hans Reichstetter held a coffee taste test in our kitchen, and shared the results with staff. It’s Showtime NYC hosted a dance workshop in our solarium. Dafina Roberts held a first-cut screening of her web series. And Sean J. Patrick Carney organized an off-site comedy night featuring comedians Ana Fabrega and Julio Torres, and an interview with the hosts of the podcast Street Fight Radio.

And they learned a lot.

“I received this opportunity at a critical point in my life, and it helped springboard my work into the next phase,” Dafina Roberts told us. “I had the opportunity to have conversations with Kickstarter employees who helped me strategize how to have a successful campaign. I don’t think this project would have been as successful without that kind of community support.”

Join us in wishing all of our Fall 2017 Creators-in-Residence bon voyage. We can’t wait to see what amazing things they’ll do next.

Are you interested in becoming a Creator-in-Residence? Learn more about the program here.