Projects in the News
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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.
The San Francisco Chronicle noted Aurora Guerrero's "Mosquita y Mari" projectis "among the 110 feature-length films selected from 4,042 submissions to be shown at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival next month...Guerrero, who grew up in the Mission and El Cerrito, is ecstatic that her film will premiere at Sundance. And like most first-time feature filmmakers, she has an entertaining story to tell about turning her screenplay into a movie."
PBS' POV blog explored the success of the two "Indie Game the Movie" projects on their road to Sundance's 2012 lineup as well noting: ""Filmmakers usually guard their material carefully. Pajot and Swirsky raised close to $100,000 in donations by being transparent, flouting conventions of filmmaking."
Pitchfork named dream-folk songstress Marissa Nadler's project one of their Albums of the Year: "When an established musician chooses to name an album after herself, it's usually meant as a sign that the music on said album best exemplifies the artist's vision. If that's the case with Marissa Nadler's self-titled LP-- her fifth overall-- then it's worth noting that this record is actually, in lots of ways, a break from what's preceded it. That's not to say it doesn't center on Nadler's gorgeous voice and skillful guitar picking. Instead of settling into the same folky dream-pop pocket that's her bread and butter, Marissa Nadler spreads its wings, allowing its creator to step out from the flattering reverb haze of albums past and sing and write songs that embrace different styles and a newfound sense of playfulness, both lyrically and musically. Marissa Nadler isn't the work of an artist who discovered what she wants to sound like; it's the work of an artist who's just discovering what she's capable of."
The Awl examined the backstory behind Dan Dzula and David Herman's "Connie Converse on Vinyl" project, which fell short of funding: "Sometimes, Kickstarter campaigns don’t meet their funding goals—but it’s not the end of the world! In this series we explore what happens next. Up first are Dan Dzula and David Herman, the founders of Squirrel Thing Recordings. The label's first album, How Sad, How Lovely, was a collection of songs by an obscure and enigmatic singer-songwriter named Connie Converse, who recorded in New York in the 1950s without ever finding an audience for her music."
Core77 featured Berlin-based interdisciplinary design collective The T-Shirt Issue's "Apparel Reconstructed" project: "[they] have de- and reconstructed the quintessential article of clothing, that which gives them their name and purpose. While we had a first glimpse at some of their experimental 'non-basics' at Dutch Design Week, the T-Shirt Issue is also looking to launch a line of reimagined tees through a Kickstarter campaign."