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!
Pirate and Hoopoe is an illustrated adventure novel co-authored by the late Diarmid Cammell and his daughter Karima Cammell. First conceived of during the economic woes of the 90s, the allegorical story features a cast talking animals that must stand up to the rapacious land developers attempting to take their homes. After being told by mainstream publishers that the book wasn't commercial enough, Karima's here to prove that it's near impossible to resist the pull of a good story, beautiful illustrations, and a bit of magic. — Cindy A.
It's usually difficult for classical music to break out of its confines, but when it does, it's unexpected and magical. Like that beatboxing flautist, that guy dancing to Yo-Yo Ma , and my own forthcoming oboe ukulele rap album (just kidding...maybe), I sing the body electric has that similar thrilling feeling you get from seeing great classical musicians do something unexpected. Duo Orfeo will be performing Arvo Pärt, Eric Satie and John Cage on electric guitars instead of the traditionally classical ones, and it's bound to be amazing. — Nicole H.
If you've ever dabbled in the history of William S. Burroughs, chances are you know a thing or two about Ayahuasca, the mystical Peruvian herbal medicine that many have acquainted with healing, both mentally and physically. For more than a decade, Jerónimo M. M. has been working with Mark Ellam and Robin McKenna, on the Jungle Prescription, a documentary film that delves inside the practices of two doctors who fight to use the ancient concoction to aid patients. If you've ever wondered about ingesting the mythical herb, and I mean, who hasn't(?!?!), this tale seems like all the education one might need to digest, no pun intended, before heading off into the jungle on a shamanic journey. Also, I really need to meet the Kurdish gangsta they mention in their description. — Mike M.
You might know Mary Birdsong as the star of Comedy Central's RENO 911, or Alexander Payne's Clooney-filled, The Descendants. If you don't, rest assured, Mary will alert you. She will also alert you to how terrible Real Steel is, or at the very least, how terrible her kittens found it to be. Avoiding the risk that "the higher the budget, the higher the chances of fighting robots," Mary and filmmaker Matt Scott have set out to raise the wee budget of $4,500 to make The Spirit Seeker, a short comedy in which Mary plays a ghost hunter who brings her reality ghost huntin' show to rural Pennsylvania. As Mary assures us from behind a superdreamy dream lens, there's still hope for good movie ideas. And you might consider putting "a mere five-spot" on that. — Elisabeth H.
I am quite taken with Charlotta and Sonja, a pair of photographers who enjoy using their work to explore themes of memory, aging, growth, and community. One of their exhibits, lacuna, involves the posting of hundreds of small-scale photographs to a gallery wall, and invites viewers to peel off individual pictures to take home with them. I enjoy the way this makes tangible the idea of "artistic expression," which requires an artist to place uncontrolled creative product into the world, where it will interact with people in ways they could never anticipate or predict — ways informed by those people's personal experiences and impressions. I wish (pending the success of their Kickstarter project, of course!) that I could go to Reykjavik to see this installation take place there! — Cassie M.
Kio Stark is a grad school dropout. She's also a novelist, a professor, a photographer, and a copywriter, who doesn't think you should go back to school. She knows how tempting it is -- to be in some wonderful limbo where the real world stops and your life regains that seemingly limitless potential you had when you were younger, all for only $40,000 a year! But Kio doesn't think you need to put the brakes on your life and take out an egregious amount of student loans to get back to that place of limitless possibility. Which is why she's writing a book on self-education, a study on how all kinds of polymaths like Kio taught themselves graphic design, or programming, or started a book club, or stayed in and wrote on the weekends , for free! No delusions necessary. — Meaghan O.
Kickstarter veteran Kel McDonald of Sorcery 101 is back with a comics anthology of fairy tale classics like Rapunzel, Jack and the Bean Stalk, and Puss in Boots. Clicking through each artist's name to their site gives you a fun survey of the kind of artwork to expect in the collection (charmed by KC Green, Kate Ashwin, and Kate & Steven Shanahan, and $20 gets you a hard copy of the book plus behind-the-scenes access. Love it. — Daniella J.