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!
Sometimes it's all in the title. Such is the case with Griz Coat, which is a coat that essentially looks like a grizzly bear. It is not simply a costume, rather a lifestyle choice that comes with some pretty good perks, such as scaring little kids, or making little kids really happy that they can speak to a real live grizzly man. It's pretty awesome, and unique, meaning if you have one, chances are you are the only guy on your block who will be donning the griz coat at the next neighborhood BBQ. That, in and of itself, is reason to pledge to this project. — Michael M.
On the heels of the brief but world-sweeping resurrection of silent film that was The Artist comes a Hollywood Fringe-sweeping silent play,Before the Red Tree Comes. Kristopher Lee Bicknell, a Cali actor and theater-er who's wielded his wand in the worlds of puppetry, mime, and commedia dell’arte, explores themes of love, religion, consumerism, aging, and the relationship between generations through his protagonist, Capire, and the people Capire encounters during three distinct days, each at a different stage of his life. — Daniella J.
We don't frequently get art projects from Caltech post-docs whose theses are titled "Optical, Mechanical, and Electronic Properties of Etched Silicon Nanopillars." Sameer Walavalkar is changing that, thankfully, with his fascinating project that combines nanotechnology and fine art— he's making customized etchings at the nano-scale, done next to or on an everyday macroscopic object. For example, Monet's “Water Lillies” on a 75 microns wide silicon chip, or Seurat's "La Grande Jatte" on an eyelash. Possibilities are infinite! — Nicole H.
Ceyenne Doroshow is a trans woman from Brooklyn whose sense of humor has as much kick as her paella. She decided to make a cookbook when she was serving time in prison on a prostitution conviction, which makes for a hell of a backstory, and a hell of an entry point to talking about food, family, and all the ways we can take better care of each other. Cooking in Heels will feature 50 recipes, from curry shrimp to apple turnovers, and stories of Ceyenne's life. It will be edited by writer and advocate Audacia Ray, whose work with the Red Umbrella Diaries focuses on amplifying the voices of people who work in the sex trade. It's a great reminder that family is what you make of it, and it often starts around the kitchen table. — Meaghan O.
Last year, Kickstarter was home to Alison Klayman's Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, the Sundance award-winning, soon to be theatrically released feature documentary about Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei. This spring, we are pleased to see more radical dissenters step up to the plate. As the Chinese government continues to expand its efforts to police the internet and block websites from being visited in the country, a fearless wave of citizen bloggers will not take System Error for an answer. The rising tide of censorship is no match for the young and fiesty Zola or veteran activist Tiger Temple, two rebel Chinese journalists whose life's work is the sharing of information and ideas their government doesn't want their communities to know about. With intimate access to the lives and journeys of these two local heroes, High Tech, Low Life offers an extraordinary window into modern-day China — the society we're presented with, the one many don't want us to see, and the one two men are risking their reputations and lives to share with all of us. Set to premiere at this month's Tribeca Film Festival! — Elisabeth H.
When Charles N. Brown, founder of Locus magazine, passed away a few years ago, he left behind over 60 years of accumulated material from the greatest names in science-fiction writing. This includes rarely seen photos, personal letters, and writings from the likes of Octavia Butler, Samuel Delaney, and Isaac Asimov — to name just a few. There are also, and I quote, "over 30,000 volumes (roughly 20,000 book titles and 10,000 periodical titles) with many rare and first editions, manuscripts, and extensive runs of pulp magazines, audio interviews, slides, and more." Say what?! This could only be the most incredible resource ever; a breadth of material so historically rich and wonderful that I get giddy just thinking about it. Their project will help them stabilize the collection by preserving it, digitizing everything, and then (woohoo!) making it all available to the public. Can't wait. — Cassie M.