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New Projects Are An Aerobatic Blend

New projects this week run the gamut from the extremely modest (just three hundred bucks!) to the wildly ambitious (is that an Oscar in your hand?!), but they all have one thing in common — being pretty darn awesome. As always, make sure to browse our Discover page for more cool stuff, but you can get started with five of our favorite newbies, below. 

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It's not every day you can help send a film to the Academy Awards, nor is it every day that droves of men in skirts and sequins knock the socks off 1970s Brazilian theater-goers (the latter mostly because the '70s have come and gone). Dzi Croquettes, a film about the groundbreaking Brazilian dance-theater group of the same name, tells the story of a group of performers that revolutionized the gay movement, threw humor and kisses into the face of violence and dictatorship, and created a new stage language that influenced an entire generation. The documentary, chock full of interviews with performers, directors, and even Liza Minnelli, is the most awarded documentary in Brazilian history and now has its eyes set on the Oscar roster. — Daniella J.

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The developers of Quadshot pretty much took everything you wanted out of a toy as a 10-year-old kid and squished it into one incredible flying machine. Thanks to an onboard "brain" equipped with a sensor suite that relays flight info back in real-time, the Quadshot is capable of seamlessly switching from airplane mode to hover mode while in flight. Complicated aerial tricks are a snap, and there's even a camera mount so you can record the Quadshot's flight path wherever you go. The whole system is open-source, so all we need now are some onboard lasers and I'm pretty sure we can convince the local news that aliens are invading. — Cindy A.

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A game that turns vulgarity into socially acceptable party conversation?! Sign. Me. Up. This will eliminate at least 98% of all problems that I have with meeting people, getting to know people, and/or talking outloud in general. But really, any excuse to shout wildly and cause a scene with my friends is alright by me. Plus, the creator has a sweet mohawk. The mechanics of the game are simple: players draw cards adorned with obscene words and (politically correct!) artwork. When you recognize that your card matches another players, it's a race to see who can shout out the word first. The loser takes both cards — winner is the first to have none left! Basically, the person who is best at cussing out their friends and family is the champion.This game is my life. — Cassie M.

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Morrissey may not be the first singer songwriter to come to mind when you think "superhero," but I, for one, am ready to throw my preconceived notions to the wind. Imagine a Super Moz with magical shoplifting powers, or the world's biggest, most heartbroken tears drowning everyone who comes within 10 feet of him. He could lull the bad guys into a melancholy stupor before they could do any more...bad guy things. I guess I'll leave the rest of the work to the comic book creators, who are all writing stories inspired by their favorite Smiths songs. I can't wait to see what they come up with. — Meaghan O.

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Russell, Ben, Yuliy, and Tom are a buncha kids who like making video games. Together, they do it as part of the Arcane Kids Gaming Collective, operating an open arcade for amateur game development out of their campuses DIY music venue. Originally inspired by Babycastles, the Arcane Kids just wanted to make games and help others make games — a pretty noble goal in Kickstarter world (and the real world, I suspect). The collective has grown rapidly, generating a boon of innovative game development, and bolstered by frequent party/game nights, but their equipment still needs to catch up. According to their project video, most of it is currently sourced from the, ahem, trash. — Cassie M.

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Aloha Friday is a pint-sized 'zine turned pint-sized Kickstarter project. Boasting a modest $300 goal, this little guy knows that success is in simplicity. A $7 pledge pre-orders you a copy of issue #3 (issues #1 and #2 sold out, but you can still order reprints), allowing you to peruse pages of original, black-and-white photography to your hearts content. And, just gazing at these joyous, good-feeling, almost-accidental-seeming images, my heart is already feeling pretty damn content. I want one! — Cassie M. 

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