This Week in Kickstarter
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Well, the weather's turning colder and the holiday season is nigh, which means it's either time to find a winter boyfriend or start warming yourself by the glow of your Macbook and the snappy dialogue of some romantic comedies. We can't help you with the cuddling, but we do have a whole curated page full of what seems to be a very popular theme on Kickstarter right now: ROM-COMS.
Best use of FAQ ever? This might be our favorite part of the Harvey Pekar project that launched yesterday morning. If you haven’t seen it yet, Harvey’s wife and collaborator, Joyce Brabner, is working to realize a statue to celebrate not just Harvey but art and literature, too, in the form of a big, interactive desk (full of comic books!), that kids can crawl on, draw on, stuff their work in. And best of all, it’s going to live in the Cleveland Public Library!
If you're anything like us, you love auto-tune. Auto-tuned vocals, auto-tuned news, auto-tuned pizza. Everything is better with auto-tune! With that theory in mind, d/j rupture and his Beyond Digital crew headed to Morocco last year to document the auto-tuned berber folk movement. The Fader recently published a big piece on their fruitful journey, which you should read in auto-tune. Oh, and don't miss this bonkers Maghreb Mix Party track that uses Justin Timberlake's "Sexy Back" as source material.
Filmmaker Jennie Livingston (Paris is Burning, anyone?!) just posted an epic update to her film project Earth Camp One. It is truly one for the ages. Long story short, she pitched (the!) Werner Herzog on endorsing her project and he told her that instead of asking for money, she should become a sex club bouncer. Werner, we like your ingenuity, but there are a lot of films that need to be made and only so many sex clubs.
In 1983, the Bronx was burning, the NYC was bankrupt and the crack epidemic was on well on its way. And, yet, despite it all, expression, chiefly in the form of hip-hop and graffiti, was high. Style Wars, the critical documentary by Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant, captured the city as hip-hop took over and subway cars became ecstatic canvases. Two decades later, a project launched to restore and re-release Style Wars and today, the project was subject to an in-depth interview over at Pitchfork.
It's Friday Night, you guys! Instead of catching Tower Heist tonight, we're planning on a multi-media double feature. The night will kick off with Phantom Limb, which plays in Brooklyn as part of BAM's Next Wave festival and Rise and Shine: The Jay Demerit Story, which is playing at over 120 theaters this weekend!
And before you head off into the weekend, if you are in North Jersey, be sure to head by the Metatopia game design festival in Morristown, where Oh My God! There's An Axe in My Head, Human Contact, Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple, and Happy Birthday, Robot! will all be doing demos. Our own Cindy Au will be on hand, and hosting a Kickstarter panel at 2, so be sure to say hi!
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