We may have just forgotten to eat breakfast today, but when What Happens When, a temporary restaurant installation that just might turn eating into an art form, posted their menu and some photos from their opening night, the reaction in the office was unanimous: yum, followed shortly by “When can we go?” And we may be biased, but we’re partial to the photo of the blackboard-wall featuring backer’s names, all of them carefully written out by hand. (Look closely — our very own Kendel is in there!)
As if the food weren’t enough, though, What Happens When also incorporates an experimental sound installation, created by composer Micah Silver:
Micah created a 120-minute composition that comes in and out of perceptibility and presence. Ingredients include “snow slowly covering plastic foliage brought to Walden Pond in Concord, MA; recordings extracted from YouTube videos made by teenagers at rural bonfires,” and the sounds of orchestra warm ups. With speakers placed throughout the dining room, entryway, and bathrooms, the soundscape connects food, time, and place. Hit play below to hear an excerpt of the sound shower at the entryway.
Very cool! If you feel similarly inspired toward culinary adventure after checking out the photos and menu, below, you can make reservations for an upcoming night on Urbanspoon. Or head on over to their project page to support!
Director Dee Rees had been independently financing Pariah, a coming of age feature about a Brooklyn teenager who struggles with conflicting identities, for over five years. After filming wrapped, she launched a Kickstarter project, hoping to complete post-production in time for Sundance. Not only did her successful campaign do just that, but the film’s cinematographer Bradford Young won the award for Excellence in Cinematography Award, US Dramatic Competition. We only wish we could have been there when, upon the award’s announcement, Dee called out to Bradford: “Yo! You won the cinematography award!”
In addition to receiving critical accolades, Pariah was picked up by Focus Films, the popular art-house film distributor responsible for Academy Award-winning movies like Traffic, Lost in Translation, and Brokeback Mountain, among others. This makes Pariah the first film in Kickstarter history to have been bought by a major distributor! Very exciting news, and congrats to the whole team!
The tantalizing Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles was crowned winner of the U.S. Documentary Competition Directing Award. In his victory speech, director Jon Foy, who dropped out of school and moved to Philadelphia in 2005 to pursue completion of the film, said, “I had no idea that such things were possible in life. Just a few weeks ago I was a housecleaner… This is for all the artists working in obscurity out there… Never give up, because if you do, you know what will happen. If you don’t give up, you don’t know what will happen.”
We’re right there with you, Jon. Congrats to all the Kickstarter films at Sundance this year! We can’t wait to see what’s in store for next.
…many say that graphic design is visual communication. A cornerstone of communication is storytelling, and yet you’d be hard-pressed to find any discussion of how to tell stories with design in any design book. This should be remedied.
Apparently, Chimero’s fanbase agreed. In just over four hours, his project had met and surpassed its $27,000 funding goal. Two days later, with a community mobilized thanks to Frank’s well considered approach (the super stylish project video, above, is ideal fodder for design geeks), it stands at more than double that. Congratulations, Frank!
This week we introduced Spotlight, a way for creators to share the whole story of a project coming to life. From creative custom buttons to big beautiful images, we’ve already seen some amazing uses of the new features. Explore what’s possible and get inspired right here.