The New York Times & Kickstarter: We're launching a new showcase for documentaries
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Documentary filmmaking has always thrived on Kickstarter, and we couldn’t be prouder of all the incredible work that’s gathered funding on the site — we’ve seen films go on to garner widespread acclaim, Oscar nominations, even an Oscar win. Browsing through the best-loved documentaries of any given year always turns up plenty of films we had the privilege of working with.
Starting this month, we’re teaming up with a pretty exciting institution to help share even more of that fantastic work: The New York Times. Over the coming months, The Times will be hosting great short-form documentaries, all made with Kickstarter, on its Times Video page, with a new film taking a turn in the spotlight each week — films The Times has hand-picked to inform, entertain, and broaden the worlds of its readership.
These selections span both the globe and the diversity of filmmaking talent on Kickstarter. Six terrific stories — each running a compact ten to thirty minutes — are ready to watch right now:
- The first to be featured is Joey Daoud’s Strike — the story of Bill Fong, an underdog bowler who suddenly begins nailing strike after strike after strike.
- Sandy Patch’s The Last Ice Merchant follows Baltazar Ushca, the last of his brothers to make a living harvesting ice from the glaciers of Ecuador.
- Scott Elliot tells the story of The Tree That Would Not Be Broken — a pear tree that was the last living thing rescued from the ruins of the World Trade Center.
- Minka: A Farmhouse in Japan, from Davina Pardo, tells a tale of place and memory.
- In Elvis Loses His Excess & Other Tales from the World’s Longest Yard Sale, Riley Hooper introduces us to the characters of a 690-mile roadside sale, stretching from Michigan to Alabama.
- And A Harlem Mother, by Ivana Todorovic, mixes 1998 documentary footage by shot LaTraun Parker with a view of his mother Jean’s life after LaTraun was murdered at age 26.
Take a look, enjoy the selections, and stay tuned for more — we’re incredibly happy to be working with The Times to share important films with the world!