Recapping the Film Festival

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Friday night’s first Kickstarter Film Festival was a great success. Around 700 people took in the slate of films, and an additional 150 were turned away after capacity was reached. The food vendors were stacked with lines. “Cupcake Alley” someone called it.

Royally Iced Cakes’ cab got into an accident on the way, crushing some of their wares. They took it in stride.

Trade School had a unique slate of offerings.

After an austere opening from the Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band — the sky lit by a sunset — the films began: first shorts, animation, and a striking tease of The Woods. Applause after each.

Post-intermission: two documentaries about Brooklyn, the mesmerizing (and still funding) Flood Tide, a sturdy bunch. The audience was appreciative, and the filmmakers were too.


There were some problems — no title cards between selections the big one. Hard to know the context of what was being shown. Rookie mistake.

We’ve come across a lot more great photos on Flickr. These from Fred Benenson, Cassie and Happylolda are great. If you have photos of your own from the night, let us know. We’d be happy to add to the post — with credit of course.

Earlier in the day we invited the filmmakers to the Kickstarter offices for lunch.

Cindy and Cassie grilled pizzas and we ate lots of watermelon.

In the afternoon we visited the Old American Can Factory roof. Here’s Olivia from Staring Into the Sun talking with Cassie from Kickstarter.


The courtyard during the screening. This is where people who bought tickets at the door — roughly 300 - 400 in all — sat.

Taking a break.

The afterparty.

Thanks to everyone for coming, to Rooftop for hosting, and the filmmakers for their impressive contributions. It was an amazing night.

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