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Jake Coyle of The Associated Press wrote a story examining Kickstarter's role in bringing indie film projects to life: "Just as 'Girl Walk // All Day' transforms familiar landscapes, the source of much of its funding — the crowd-financing website Kickstarter.com — has electrified the traditional structures of filmmaking. Girl Walk // All Day, a dance-music film not easily categorized, was enabled by Kickstarter. After creating an eight-minute internet video, the movie's director, Jacob Krupnick, put in a request to Kickstarter's community for various levels of investment from interested fans. With options like $50 for an associate producer credit and $500 for a dance lesson, he hoped to raise $5,000. He got nearly five times that."
Nishat Kurwa of NPR's "All Things Considered" produced a segment on the narrative feature film project Mosquita y Mari, and its recent journey to Sundance: '"That's when I decided to turn to my community, and that's when everything changed,' [filmmaker Angela Guerrero] says. She decided to raise the entire production budget of $80,000 by soliciting small, individual donations via Kickstarter. With two days left before her deadline, she still had $35,000 to go. Her filmmaking and online communities swung into action. 'I mean it was just ... wild,' Guerrero says. 'People were Facebooking, tweeting ... everyone was rooting for Mosquita y Mari to make it.'"
Alysia Santo of Columbia Journalism Review kicked off a regular series set to examine journalism projects getting their start on Kickstarter: "Each week, dozens of journalistic endeavors turn to Kickstarter for funding. Pitching media projects to this online community brings another meaning to the concept “public interest journalism”; success depends on how intrigued people are by the pitch. From the hugely popular to the barely noticed, CJR’s Kickstarter Chronicles is a weekly look through some of these journalistic proposals." Projects featured in the inaugural post include: Bring Back the Bushwick News, Billionaires and Ballots, The American Festival Culture, Matter and The Encyclopedia Game.
Angela Watercutter of Wired thoughtfully explored a number of projects that worked their way to Austin this week for SXSW: "With just a month before her unfinished documentary would premiere at South by Southwest, the director Kristy Guevara-Flanagan faced an unexpected task: Scraping together $15,000 for editing, travel and other costs associated with taking her movie about superheroines to the film festival in Austin, Texas... The indie spirit embodied and enabled by the crowd-funding trend speaks to the DIY ethos at the heart of SXSW, the annual event where the music, film and internet worlds collide and intertwine for a certain kind of March madness."
The Discovery Channel's show "The Daily Planet" featured the recently successful design project, Skallops. Tune in to the 3'24'' mark for an eight foot model of the Eiffel Tower that a local design club built in six hours to show what the Skallops can do.