Projects in the News
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Every week, we round up some of the stories about projects that made it into the press. We're happy to see them out there in the real world, and excited to share their progress with you! Read on.
Michael Feeney of the New York Daily News reported on The Harlem Arts Festival project to bring a two-day art festival to Marcus Garvey Park this summer: "A trio of Harlem artists have taken a big step in making their dream for a summer arts festival showcasing local talent come true. [They] have been working to bring an arts festival to the area since September 2010, he said. The festival will include musicians, dancers, theater acts and there will also be an area for visual artists to display their work."
Matthew Ismael Ruiz of Popular Photography published a feature on Kickstarter's impact in the world of photography, taking a snapshots of projects including West Coast Hip Hop, A History in Pictures, The Long Shadow of Chernobyl, I Love You Real Fast and Willard Asylum Suitcase Documentation by Jon Crispin: "Crispin was surprised by the community that formed around his project. 'I work mostly alone. I am not by nature a joiner or particularly touchy-feely,' he says. 'What has blown me away is the connection that I feel with my backers. I see them as a large community of people who are with me every step of the way. It’s very meaningful to me.' And in the process, he found a built-in audience for his work."
Brian Crecente of The Verge wrote a feature entitled "Kickstarter sparks a revolution in game funding and collective creativity" featuring Tim Schafer's Double Fine project and Brian Fargo's Wasteland 2 project: "Schafer points to the movie industry and its mix of big studio projects and indie or film festival works as a future that game development may be heading toward. That's a system that produces a diversity of films that ultimately helps the entire film industry, he said. The same can be said of the game industry."
Betto Arcos of NPR's Weekend Edition produced a segment on the A Mexican Sound documentary project: "More than 40 years ago, four friends — three scientists and one musician — went to the Huasteca region in Northeastern Mexico in search of music they wanted to record for their own enjoyment. Now, some of their work has been released on a two-CD compilation titled El Gusto. The four friends found a wealth of music in Ciudad Valles, in the state of San Luis Potosi. One member of the group, Eduardo Llerenas, even chose to dedicate his life to recording the music of the area, giving up a career in biochemistry."
Gary Craig of The Rochester Democrat Chronicle explored David Marshall and Chris Christopher's Criminal Injustice: Death and Politics at Attica project: "'The thing that has been most surprising to me is I really didn’t know the history,' said Christopher, who also produced the award-winning documentary on the Rochester riots, July ’64. 'I know what most people knew.' That shorthand knowledge was simply that inmates, angered by conditions, rioted at Attica, took hostages and then entered into negotiations with state and corrections officials through intermediaries. Then-Gov. Nelson Rockefeller opted to retake the prison by force — a decision many think was sparked by his political aspirations — and 29 inmates and 10 hostages died by gunfire."