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It’s been a long weekend, and we’ve missed you. And what we do when we miss you is make long lists of recently launched projects we’re excited for you to hear about. Check ‘em out below! Then use our Discover Projects page to find some more favorites of your own to share. See how that works? Isn’t that great? Happy Tuesday, y’all!

Bollywood Karaoke by Michael Reynolds

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Filmmaker Michael Reynolds introduces Bollywood like so:

What happens when a kid in glasses falls for a young but totally inaccessible beauty? If you’re in Bollywood, that kid grabs a karaoke machine, finds his 80 year old Sikh buddy, steals a rickshaw, and blows up that woman’s spot big time.
Um, sweet. He’s making a short Bollywood-style film of his own (double sweet), with the standard fabulous boy-chases-cute-girl plot, complete with rickshaw mayhem and other adventures along the way (sweeeeeet). I’m now craving Mumbai and roti and this movie. — Daniella J.

The Corn Crib by Ansen Seale

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I’ve never heard somebody refer to corn as having “seductive powers” before, but after watching the video for photographer Ansen Seale’s very, very cool “Corn Crib” project — consider me fairly convinced. Using a special camera that captures only a single column of pixels at a time, Ansen is creatively “unwrapping” the kernels of an ear of corn. The resulting images are both beautifully abstract and instantly recognizable; something destined way more for your wall than for your mouth, ya know what I mean? When the series was complete, Ansen scouted an off-the-grid cabin to display them in, even going so far as to build an LED light system to illuminate them with. It’s unexpectedly breathtaking, and (won’t lie) mildly dadcore in a good way. — Cassie M.

The Trash Project for two final performances by Allison Orr

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In 2009, award-winning Austin choreographer Allison Orr created one of the cultural events of the year when she directed 24 city sanitation employees and 16 garbage trucks to dream up a free outdoor trash truck ballet. The event was flooded with spectators, but with seating for 700 and capacity at 2,000, Allison’s brother-in-law had to turn folks away at the gate. Her Kickstarter campaign for two final performances intends to bring the free ballet alive once more, this time for 4,000 people. The Trash Project transforms and celebrates the every(wo)man and their work. Orr’s video has exactly the kind of hopeful, something-exciting-and-illuminating-and-inspiring-is-happening-in-this-town feel that makes a girl want to fly down south to watch some waste get put to some very spectacular use. (Certainly beats the you-know-what out of the rat-infested bags piling up outside said girl’s boyfriend’s Flatbush apartment.) You can learn more about The Trash project and Orr’s dance company here. — Elisabeth H.

Minecraft: The Story of Mojang by 2 Player Productions

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When Markus “Notch” Persson first launched Minecraft in May 2009 after working on it for about a week, he had no idea that by 2011, the pioneering sandbox-style game would have over 4 million players. 2 Player Productions set out to document the story of Notch and Minecraft as a twenty minute short documentary, but not surprisingly, the story evolved into a feature-length film about Notch’s phenomenal rise not just in the indie game world, but the game development world at large. If you play Minecraft, this is one film you won’t want to miss. If you don’t play Minecraft, you should probably start playing Minecraft. — Cindy A.

LetterMpress: A Virtual Letterpress on Your iPad by John Bonadies

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If some people dream of having a letterpress in their basement the way others dream of fronting a rock band, then this is Guitar Hero for the marginally subdued. This iPad app gives you a virtual letter press environment that takes all of the unattainability out of printing cutesy tour posters and fake WANTED signs — you choose the type, move it around with your very own touchscreen fingers, and set it just like you would a real letterpress. Help these guys raise money to acquire all kinds of new typefaces to scan them into the app for us to play with and then post to our blogs. — Meaghan O.

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