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Every week, we round up some of the stories about our projects that made the press. We're happy to see them out there in the real world, and excited to share their progress with you! Read on.

Anne Marsen (third from left in the mirror) attends ballet class in the dance-film "Girl Walk."
Anne Marsen (third from left in the mirror) attends ballet class in the dance-film "Girl Walk."

Joyce Chen of New York Daily Newspublished a feature on the incredibly inspired Girl Walk // All Day project, saying: "Collaboration is not a new concept for art photographer Jacob Krupnick, but working with a cast of, oh, 8 million just might be. Krupnick, the 28-year-old creative mind behind Internet sensation 'Girl Walk,' is using the city of New York as his backdrop for one of the most far-reaching, aspirational music videos yet."

Wallace Baine of the Santa Cruz SentinelinterviewedCam Archer about his first feature-length documentary, Criminal Thoughts, noting he is "a gifted and idiosyncratic filmmaker whose work has been shown at both Sundance and Cannes. But, he doesn't have much of an Internet footprint, a oddity given his profession and age — 30. 'I'm not on Facebook, or Twitter,' he said. 'I'm just not really interested.' So when Archer went on the popular crowd-funding site Kickstarter, he was wandering into unfamiliar and uncomfortable territory."

A screencap from gameplay in Bodoink.
A screencap from gameplay in Bodoink.

Brian Crecente of Kotaku covered the pinball-like game experience, Bodoink: "Tony Hawk: Ride developers Robomodo are kicking off a Kickstarter this week to help fund an Xbox Live Kinect game, a first they believe. While crowd-sourcing funding for indie, PC and mobile phone games has become very popular on Kickstarter, it's unusual to see experienced developers looking for help to fund a game bound for a console."

Jenna Wortham ofthe New York Times'"Bits" blog shined some light on the recently successful Dark Sky project reporting: "Weather forecasts are great at letting you know whether to grab an umbrella before leaving the house — but what if you needed to know if you had enough time to sprint to a car before a thunderstorm hit? That’s exactly the iPhone and iPad app that Adam Grossman and Jack Turner, two friends and business partners in Troy, N.Y., are hoping to build. Dark Sky, as they are calling it, is intended to be a hyperlocal forecaster that can predict the weather in short bursts of time — from 30 minutes to an hour in the future."

On the set of Olive — not the iPhone video set-up.
On the set of Olive — not the iPhone video set-up.

Debora Netburn LA Timeswrote about Hooman Khalili's project noting noting he "first got the idea to make a feature film shot entirely on a smartphone in January 2010. A little less than two years later, his film Olive,shot on a Nokia N8, is going to be shown in a Los Angeles theater for a week... Khalili, who is trying to raise $300,000 on Kickstarter to promote the film, is hoping to submit it for Oscar consideration."

Jason Woodbury of The Phoenix New Timesposted about the Dollyrots' project: "When The Dollyrots left Joan Jett's Blackheart label earlier this year, they went to their fans to help raise money for the band's fourth record of buzzy, catchy punk. The fans came through. The band set its Kickstarter goal at $7,500, but fans wound up pledging $33,124. 'It blew us away,' says singer/bassist Kelly Ogden from Los Angeles, where the band is practicing for upcoming shows and working on the album, which she says is less afraid of pop hooks. 'We're so excited about it.'"
Jessica Abel, one of the comic artists covered by Shaun Huston for PopMatters, is offering original sketches paired with random artifacts from her studio as a reward.
Jessica Abel, one of the comic artists covered by Shaun Huston for PopMatters, is offering original sketches paired with random artifacts from her studio as a reward.
Shaun Huston ofPopMatters explored the success of several Comics category projects and Kickstarter's role in helping them come to life: "Outside the realm of the peculiar, comics creators in the United States, for all of the proclamations of relevance and seriousness that can be found in the mainstream press lately, also must struggle against perceptions of being engaged in a low cultural pursuit of a kind that rarely attracts traditional forms of financial support from wealthy patrons and foundations. Kickstarter offers an alternative, one where more pop cultural forms are likely to attract the same kind of attention as the high cultural forms—maybe even more likely."
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