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.
Emily Nussbaum of the New Yorker wrote about creative webseries' that are becoming more popular, including the successful The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl and currently funding East Willyb projects: "...online, a diverse crowd of creators have been making independent intra-ethnic programming, using distribution systems like Vimeo and fundraising sites like Kickstarter. These shows vary wildly in quality, but there some strong and idiosyncratic voices out there, the best of them taking advantage of the freedom to explore subjects that are rare on commercial TV."
Xeni Jardin of BoingBoing featured the documentary project An Article of Hope, which creator Dan Cohen says it took seven years to make: "We did it by raising a little money here, borrowing a little more money there, and a lot of love and un-reimbursed time from the director. Now the final challenge is to get it on television before millions. PBS is a non-profit network, which means we must bring underwriting to the agreement. With your help, the funds we raise here go toward final editing to conform the documentary to PBS technical requirements, broadcast rights and fees, promotion, web site, all of the things that would normally come from a traditional agreement, we must fund it all."
Julia Moskin of the New York Times' "Diner's Journal" posted about Bring Donuts by the Dozen to Brooklyn's 606 R&D: "When Ilene Rosen was in charge of the savory food at City Bakery, her roasted cauliflower, vegetarian banh mi and grilled tofu with chili sauce were persuasive arguments for a vegan diet. Little did I know that she had dark pleasures up her sleeve, like a sandwich of thick Benton’s bacon, drained Gold’s horseradish and buttered sourdough toast. At her new place, 606 R&D,the small kitchen includes both a rotisserie (for exemplary roast chicken) and a Donut Robot, financed through Kickstarter, that churns out fresh cake doughnuts throughout the day."
The Verge spotlighted the République project which raised more than $200,000 in its final days to meet its goal in dramatic fashion and spoke with its creator about his experience: "Running this Kickstarter campaign has been one of the most stressful experiences of my entire life," says Ryan Payton, the developer behind start-up studio Camouflaj and (hopeful) video game République. "At one point last week I even noticed I was losing chunks of hair."
Mark Brown of Wired UK posted about the open hardware project Makey Makey: An Invention Kit for Everyone by Jay Sliver: "A pair of MIT Media Lab researchers are using Kickstarter to pitch an invention kit that can turn everyday objects into computer keys and buttons. The kit is called Makey Makey. It can fashion a piano out of a bunch of bananas, turn a set of stairs into a drum kit, make a custom Play-Doh controller for Super Mario Bros, or turn alphabet soup into a keyboard."
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