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.
Kai Ryssdal of American Public Media's "Marketplace" spoke with Kickstarter co-founder, Yancey Strickler, about several project rewards, including the limited edition H.R. Haldeman bobblehead produced by the Our Nixon film project: "Kickstarter, if you haven't heard about it, is a crowdsourced funding website. Right in the middle of the office are shelves and shelves of things that have been funded by Kickstarter...'There are great stories behind all these things.'"
Leo Carey of the New Yorker reviewed the Gowanus-based seafood shack that opened following the Littleneck project: "A clam shack by the Gowanus Canal? It sounds like the setup for a joke, as God only knows what freakish mollusks lurk in that fetid post-industrial waterway. Never fear: Littleneck sources its seafood from more pellucid waters up and down the New England coast, and is a full block away from the canal, in a gritty, rapidly developing area where live-music spots and an artisanal pie shop stand beside warehouses and a forbidding old-time social club."
Lisa Waananen of the New York Times created an insightful data visualization entitled "Three Years of Kickstarter Projects" that explored a number of projects from all categories across the site: "Almost 50,000 projects have sought financing on Kickstarter since the site began on April 28, 2009. About half successfully reached their fund-raising goals. Each dot represents how much a project raised by its deadline."
Erin Carlson of The Hollywood Reporter wrote about the currently funding narrative film project The Canyons: "Bret Easton Ellis, no stranger to defying Hollywood and literary conventions, is financing his upcoming film, The Canyons, via Kickstarter, the grassroots fundraiser of the moment — and perhaps, the future."
Theo Spielberg of Spinner posted about narrative film project The Internet - A Blog Cats WTF Universe: "Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold is scoring a LOLcats film entitled "The Internet — A Blog Cats WTF Universe" that covers very Pecknoldian themes like existential crises, and God, and stuff like that."