Every Monday, Kickstarter staff collect a few of our favorite, recently launched projects to share with the masses (we can't help it — we get excited!). You can check out our choices this week, below, but make sure to stop by our Discover page to find even more. So many good projects, so little time!
If you missed the LabRats project for their play Harry and Pep, you missed out. But fret not, the charming theater group is back for season two, this time with two plays, one called HA! HA! and the other called So. With titles like that who cares what they're about? Sounds fun! In case you care though, HA HA! is a love story between a graffiti artist and a recently graduated traffic cop, and So is about an artist whose ex unexpectedly reappears and — well things happen. Sounds fun! — Daniella J.
Avi Zev Weider is no stranger to Kickstarter. He just produced Danland, his wife's Slamdance feature doc about Porno Dan and is now back on site, this time as director of his own SXSW-bound feature documentary Welcome to The Machine. Exploring the intersection of technology and personhood and how the two work hand-in-robot-hand, Welcome to the Machine asks what it means to be a human being in an increasingly artificial world. Including interviews with some of the world's leading experts in the field, alongside portraits of people closely connected to technology — like drone operators and his wife's own IVF triplet birth — this documentary unpacks technology as a continuation of our evolutionary process, rendering us masters of / useless to our domain. Talk about planned obsolescence! (Big thx to the two people who possibly chortled at that.) — Elisabeth H.
I support all of the things that are represented by Snap, the Chicago-style hot dog food truck of Brooklyn-based married couple (cuttteeee!) Liz and Zeph. Firstly, "Chicago-style hot dogs" — characterized by a scrumptious profusion of sweet relish, diced onion, and delicious mustard — secondly, avocado fries (pictured above), which are self-explanatory in their appeal, and thirdly, the whole delicious she-bang will be in a food truck fueled by the cooking oil leftover from their french fries. It's nice when things that are good for my tummy are also good for their communities and our environment. — Cassie M.
Bushwick BK, now The Bushwick News, started as a personal blog in 2007 and over the years evolved into a full-fledged community newspaper online. They cover the real face of those Brooklyn neighborhoods that intrepidTimes reporters occasionally condescend to venture into when they have a wild hair: Bushwick, East Williamsburg, Ocean Hill, and Ridgewood. Well, the editorial team behind The Bushwick News is aiming to "take the hype out of hyperlocal" and bring art, food, and community news, written by the people who live it, back to Bushwick. Hooray! — Meaghan O.
Sometimes I really like projects simply because I want to live vicariously through them. This sprightly couple are in the midst of a 15,000 mile biking trip across the world's largest land mass to document the remarkable breadth of people, stories, and cuisines that exist there. It's a mind-melting array of culinary skills and lifestyles; there are so many different stories, and it's amazing to see that, despite that, we're all sort of connected by this fundamental thread that is the basic human need to eat. Food is one of the great ways to simultaneously celebrate what makes us totally different and completely the same. — Cassie M.
If YouTubeing footwork, juke, bounce, roller dance, pop 'n' lock, and break dancing is one of your favorite pastimes (let's be honest here, it's everyones!), then you are sure to be down on Dark City: Beneath the Beat, a new film about dancers from Baltimore who take freestyle dancing to new levels. Inspired by the frenetic, organized chaos of b-more club, these kids are making their own movement, one as inspired by classic breaking, as it is the limitless possibilities of the human body. Basically, I wish I could dance like this, and maybe if I watch this film enough, I could possibly emulate at least one move. Fingers crossed. — Mike M.