This week Mike Scott of The Times-Picayune spoke with the New Orleans Film Society about their recently launched "Movies to Geaux" project. Film Society executive director Jolene Pinder said: "We want to bring together audiences for exciting free and low-cost film events in neighborhoods around the city. We see the potential to show a wide range of films as part of Movies to Geaux: classics, cult films, Louisiana favorites and more."
Carol Hilker of A.V. Club Chicago featured the creators of the Bang Bang Pie Shop project and asked what they had in store beyond delectable pies: "Pie is our main focus, but we have an incredible biscuit recipe and great coffee. We figure that not everyone will want pie for breakfast, so we should have an option that is just as good, and that’s our biscuits made with house-churned butter and jams. We will still be roasting our own coffee, and also partnering with another great coffee company called Counter Culture to offer variety."
Brian Frank of Los Angeles' KCET produced a story featuring several great Kickstarter projects, from LowLine and Swoon's Musical Architecture to Finding Vivian Maier, Reverence and Gremolata & Cancellaresca Milanese: "Kickstarter targets creative people – artists, musicians, inventors and so forth... it’s a way for individuals or groups to raise money for specific projects. That means deadlines and deliverables. It means musicians create an album; inventors build a product; filmmakers release a DVD. And backers get updates along the way, in some cases being invited to participate in the creative process, and in every case being offered some incentive to contribute – a printed T-shirt, a backstage pass, the product itself."
Juliana Goodwin of Springfield, Missouri's News-Leader previewed a soon-to-launch documentary project that will tell the tale of James Edwards Deeds, "a deceased artist from the Ozarks whose identity was shrouded in mystery for years after his drawings were found." The filmmakers say "The story will not only look at Deeds but use the artist to explore how people with mental illness were treated, including a big shift in the twentieth century from humane treatment to electroshock therapy."
Steve Ramos of FastCoCreate interviewed the directors of "Indie Game: The Movie," and said they "represent the new, Kickstarted generation of indie filmmakers," noting: "Unpacked from their Cinderella trip to Sundance and back in Winnipeg celebrating their first new hire to help manage their social networks, James and Lisanne, prepare for their next trip, a 15-city North American tour of Indie Game: The Movie screenings and gaming events beginning March 2nd in Santa Cruz, California, and sponsored by Adobe before eventually heading out for a year-long screening tour around the world."