New Projects Are In Love
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We’re feeling a little funny around the office this morning. You know what we mean. That light-headed, weak-kneed, butterflies-in-our-stomachs, fuzzy-kind-of-funny feeling called love. And, fortunately for us, it’s the kind we get to share. Check out our round-up of all the new projects we love, below, and be sure to browse our Discover Page for even more amore! Happy Valentine’s Day, everybody.
Recently, I’ve noticed a lot of creators utilizing their pitch video as a space to create micro-documentaries on the topic of their projects. “Too Young to Die,” Carlos Javier Ortiz’s profoundly moving documentary on a city’s struggle to cope with epidemic violence, is an exceptional example of this tactic. By combining his portraiture with narrative, video, and compelling audio snippets, Carlos crafts a true story around a hugely personal endeavor, which is honestly what I feel like Kickstarter is all about. A must, must see. — Cassie M.
Callie Humphrey’s on a mission to turn the grey and lifeless concrete on the fringes of metropolitan cities into works of art — one building, one neighborhood, and hopefully, one city at a time. Why? Because while some people have grown up with art all around them, others haven’t had the privilege to know what it means. Time to hit the educational divide over the head, says Callie, by injecting murals, sculpture, and other creative outbursts into marginal urban environments. She’s heading to Buenos Aires through her nonprofit Concrete=Canvas, and you can support the murals-to-be and get prints of them for yourself here. — Daniella J.
After ten years of curating impeccable, highly sought-after subscription CD releases, as well as full-length recordings from the likes of Jack Rose and Bardo Pond, Three Lobed Recordings decided it’d be fun to turn their CD series into an all-encompassing vinyl box set, which, in this case, amounts to a four LP set featuring exclusive tracks from Sonic Youth, Comets on Fire, Eternal Tapestry, Sun City Girls, Mouthus, D. Charles Speer & the Helix, and (former Kickstarter project creator) Wooden Wand. It’s a mouthful of mind-blowing artists, one that I’ll happily repeat in a single breath to anyone who inquires. — Mike M.
Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden is known for his expressive and dynamic sense of place. From Coney Island to New Orleans to Japan, his work focuses on the rich characters of what may otherwise be dismissed as the underbellies of society. In this project, Gilden focuses his piercing lens on places without people and people without a places — the American communities stricken by the housing crisis. Documenting foreclosures in Florida, Michigan, and California, Gilden will photograph and interview the residents of Nevada, a “mortgage casino, with developments popping up like mirages,” refusing to let us escape what foreclosures “actually look like.” Viewing his black and white portraits, you can’t help but shudder to think what this world looks and feels like for the millions of American experiencing it in living color. — Liz H.
Xoxosms is a documentary about my favorite pastime: intimacy and the internet. Nancy Schwartzman, the director, follows around Gus and Jiyun, a home schooled 20-year-old from a religious family in small-town Illinois and a 19-year-old Korea-born New York City art student, who have been in internet love for 18 months. The documentary attempts to answer questions like, “Can you truly fall in love with someone you’ve never met?” [Ed: No] And, “Is that love real?” [ed: what is love, anyway?] Now, we’ve all been there (right guys? right??) and it looks like things really do work out for these two, but I have two important questions: 1. What are their blogs? and 2. Has anyone ever fallin’ in NetLove™ through Kickstarter? I like to think so. — Meaghan O.
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