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!
After working together for half a decade on Star Wars: The Old Republic, Alex Thomas, Arnie Jorgenson, and John Watson formed their own independent game studio so they could make the games they've always wanted to play. Their inaugural title Banner Saga combines elements of RPGs and adventure games with turn-based strategic combat, taking you deep into a mythic Viking world that's stylistically akin to the gorgeous animations of Sleeping Beauty. With an emphasis on story, Banner Saga is designed so that the decisions you make involve real risk and consequences, and that you're never just another pawn in someone else's narrative. All this, plus an impressive roster of rewards, makes Banner Saga hard to resist. — Cindy A.
Plan your Manhattan vacation for July folks, 'cause some seriously innovative theater will be peppering Lower East Side venues during this sweltering month's final week. You can also spot a performance at East River Park, and another along the streets of the Chelsea Meatpacking District, where the actors of Conni's Avant Garde Restaurant will be giving a neighborhood tour called Little West 12th Night, based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. There are too many goodies to share right here, so check out the video and description for a rundown (lectures! dance parties! a visiting troupe from Thailand! ), and snag tickets and special VIP party invites while you're at it. — Daniella J.
Exploring the lives of young transsexuals & drag queens in Puerto Rico, Mala Mala documents the experiences of young dualistic citizens in one of the only colonized territories still governed by the United States. With the artful hand and perceptive eye of emerging DP Adam Uhl, Puerto Rican native Antonio Santini and his directing partner Dan Sickles offer deeply intimate, provocative, and rich portraits of trans life in Puerto Rico, taking us on a journey to and through the in-between. A study of performance, gender, and self, Mala Mala introduces us to our beautifully complex world and a community never before seen on screen. The project looks pretty damn ambitious with flawless execution to boot! — Elisabeth H.
Crap Hound is a zine series filled with images culled from vintage catalogs, ads, books, and found ephemera, and it has been around, and been loved, forever ("forever" in zine years equals " since the 90s"). Crap Hound is no stranger to Kickstarter, and this time they are back with a reprint of, and supplement to, Issue 6, the much-cherished "Death, Telephones, and Scissors!" That means 15 pages of scissor images, 24 pages of telephones, 5 new fonts, and last but certainly not least: 52 pages of DEATH. One for each week of the year! — Meagan O.
A project called Secret Prison #666 — color me intrigued! Described by creator Ian Harker as a "free art commix tabloid," Secret Prison is set to debut at MOCCA Arts fest this year. I can't really tell you anything else about the project, except that the video is a surreal trip through occult practices that happens to feature a cerberus-esque Elmo masque, pitch shifted mantras and the sacrifice of furies. Oh, and lots of blood. I could probably go on and on, but I'll let you explore for yourself. Let's just say, "It is awesome." — Mike M.
Every day I wake up thankful that I was born with a human head on my body. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Gus, the sadly fish-headed protagonist of The Marvelous Fish Man. The short film is the thesis work of Nisan Dag, a graduate student at Columbia University, and she and her crew are raising funds to create, among other things, the fish head itself. The Marvelous Fish Man tells the story of a boy who was abandoned at birth and picked up to be the star of a traveling freak show, and the film begins on the night Gus finally decides to escape. This sounds like the kind of thing that will probably make us cry with our human eyeballs. — Nicole H.
I was talking a walk this weekend while listening to this piece on NPR's Weekend Edition, strutting, loving the sun, totally grooving on the sounds, when I realized that the music (and documentary) under discussion were both — surprise! — attached to a Kickstarter project. Roy Germano's documentary is a loving exploration of the history, people, and places behind a unique style of music called son huasteco. The genre originates from the small, mountainous communities in the Huasteca region of Mexico, and is traditionally played by just three musicians — a dumb-founding fact when you consider its rapid, energetic tempo and its insanity-amazing-dancing-storm-crazy live shows, made all the more boisterous by the addition of a huge wooden platform (a tarima) where audience members stomp along with the rhythm. Seeing one of these shows in real life is on my bucket list, and this documentary makes me feel one step closer to making it happen. — Cassie M.