A big week over here at Kickstarter HQ! If you didn't notice, we kicked it off with our Year in Review, a massive compendium of all the awesomeness that happened in the Kickstarter universe in 2011.
Not gonna lie, we had a lot of fun compiling this, so if you haven't checked it out yet...what are you waiting for?!?! You know you can't resist watching the 12 best Kickstarter videos of the year.
Speaking of awesome videos, the guys behind PigPen Theatre Company made one of our favorites. Coincidentally, they also popped by the office this week and performed a couple of tunes on the dark, vacant fourth floor in our building. This empty, semi-disheveled room, which may or may not have appeared in the Saw franchise, pairs quite nicely with PigPen's downhome folk.
In stuff that will probably appear in 2012's Year in Review, Creative Capital just awarded a handful of Kickstarter alums with grants to continue making incredible works. Big ups to Tahir Hemphill of Hip Hop Word Count, Brian L. Frye and Penny Lane of Our Nixon, Mark Elijah Rosenberg director of Orbit, and Matthew Porterfield director of Putty Hill & I Used to Be Darker, who was also selected to be apart of the 2012 Whitney Biennial. No big deal, you guys. (Ed note: This actually is a very big deal!)
Speaking of big deals, Sundance kicks off next week and Kickstarter will most certainly be holding it down in Park City. Fourplay and The Thing are back with new campaigns to help get the films out into the world and Playtime , a new film based on Billy Wilder's People on Sunday, launched a project this week making it the 16th Kickstarter film screening at Sundance this year. Sweet 16!
And last but not least, we had a birthday in the office this week! Since there's no better way to celebrate somebody's birthday than embarrassing them, we not only gifted Jared a hot dog suit, but then forced him to wear it while conducting a staff meeting. This only works if said person is a really good sport, and in this particular instance, Jared was a very good sport. Happy birthday, man! Next year, we'll get you the mustard to go with the dog. Also, we're hiring(!), so if the idea of getting a hot dog suit for you birthday sounds appealing, check out our jobs page.