Every week, 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!
Kate Bornstein is one of gender theory's most influential minds, and has written books that have not only changed how we talk and think about gender in society, but helped countless people in their own struggles with identity. People often talk about Kate's book Gender Outlaw as something they read at a really formative time in their lives (or a time that became formative because they read this book!) that gave them permission. Permission to escape the gender binary, to freely express their identity, to know they weren't alone — permission to keep living their lives, and to — gasp — be happy. Kate's work is practically canon for anyone interested in (or living!) this stuff, but this is the first documentary about Bornstein, and a lot of people are very excited about it! Perhaps you are, too! — Meaghan O.
Fabricators have long been reproducing famous works of art, yet no one has gone so far as to fabricate a renowned art collector. Such is the idea behind David De Boer's The Unauthorised Collection of John Kaldor, a conceptual art project, which finds De Boer taking on the guise of John Kaldor, through a unique process in which he has a factory in China recreate Kaldor's collection piece by piece, only to see if there he "could develop significance" in the fabricated works. It's borderline insane, yet speaks volumes about the culture of collecting art, fake works, a collector's investment and the art world at large. — Mike M.
To me, living on the Galapagos Islands sounds like some idyllic existence where you ride your personal giant tortoise to the beach every day. But I guess realistically, it might not be exactly like that. "Living on an environmental celebrity can't be easy," says Katherine McLeod in her project, the Galapagos Complaint Department. Fair point! That's why she'll be making the rounds on the Islands, talking to residents about things in their daily lives that annoy them. She'll compile these irks and irritations into a book that will explore the similarities and differences between us and people who live in an archipelago far away. — Nicole H.
From the directors of the Academy Award-nominated Jesus Camp comes a new feature documentary about Detroit and the rise and fall of the grand American narrative. A tapestry of portraits of a city and its people on the brink, Detropia features stories of struggle, survival, and enduring soul. At its 2012 Sundance premiere,Detropia took home the award for Documentary Editing, and filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady are seeking funds to release the film theatrically to ensure these urgent stories get the attention they deserve. A powerful microcosm of a nation's epic success and failures, Detropia is not only a window into a world, but an opportunity for empathy; these aren't their stories, but our own. — Elisabeth H.
Big Star is a highly influential, hugely acclaimed, and heavily loved alternative rock band that never-quite-made-it during their heyday, but grew a steady, loyal fan base in the decades following their dissolution. As any band that satellites the heart of indie-rock kids everywhere, there's been an awful lot of speculation, belated praise, and nostalgic pining for the band during those intervening years — particularly its enigmatic frontman Alex Chilton — and somewhere in the 90s they were declared (as the project video says) a Really Big Thing. I love Big Star, so I'm happy to eat all of this stuff up, sifting through photos, essays, and reissues for the shape of something real. But when these types of things are all conveniently strung together for me inside of a singular, cohesive, visual narrative (like, let's say, a documentary)... well, that's basically my personal goldmine. Hallelujah! — Cassie M.