Kickstarter Film Fest LA!

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Fun fact: there are more Kickstarter creators in Los Angeles than in any other city in the world. That's why it was a no-brainer to host the second stop of our 2014 Film Fest there. On September 12th in Griffith Park, about 3,000 people joined us for film selections, food, music, and fun. 

We've talked a lot about the programming already — you can see the lineup of the film selections we showed right here — but it's worth mentioning that both Night of the Living Deb and Little Feet were audience favorites (probably for all of their LA references). 

Carpool DeVille looking majestic
Carpool DeVille looking majestic

A not-so-surprising hit of the evening was the Carpool DeVille, aka the World's Fastest Hot Tub — because who wouldn't want to see a working jacuzzi that's built into a 1960 Caddy? All evening, the creators of this wondrous aquamobile had their lights on, and they were gracious about popping the hood to let kids get a look at how it worked. Some people even got to dip their feet in. 

Setting up Black Rock Observatory
Setting up Black Rock Observatory

Another highlight was the Black Rock Observatory, a working observatory containing a powerful telescope housed in a geometric dome. The Black Rock folks (dressed in orange NASA suits) arrived straight after Burning Man, where they'd been just days before. There was a long line to get in all night. They were also pointing lasers at stars. Something cool about the Observatory is that it has no nails or screws; the entire thing fits together without attachers.

As for food, the Reuben Truck and Max City BBQ were super popular. The Reuben Truck even featured their backers' names painted all over it. Lots of people tried out the Bureo skateboard and Acton RocketSkates, and kids were really into the 3D printers that LA Makerspace brought. 

We saw planters with feet. The wonderful John Vanderslice covered "Graceland" by Paul Simon. And (last but not least) there were tons of adorable dogs, proving that the coasts can agree on the importance of bringing man's best friend along. Thanks, LA, see you again soon! 

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      that looks like a very enjoyable event.

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