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  1. 12 Kickstarter Films at Tribeca 2012

    We continued to be inspired and humbled by the success of Film & Video projects on Kickstarter. This January,  17 Kickstarter-funded films went to Sundance, where many were picked up for distribution, won awards, and floored critics; last month 33 Kickstarter-funded films played SXSW, where they inspired audiences, took home a slew of awards, and dazzlingly danced through the streets of Austin. This week Blue Like Jazz, the most funded Kickstarter film of all time, opened on over 100 screens nationwide. And now, in our hometown of New York City, 12 Kickstarter films are screening at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival!

    Please join us in congratulating these filmmakers on their accomplishments, and if you're in town, RUN DON'T WALK to catch these films!

    Some great currently funding ones to check out:

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    Steve Maing's High Tech, Low Life — As the Chinese government expands its efforts to police the internet and block websites in the country, the rising tide of censorship has aroused a wave of citizen bloggers including young Zola and veteran Tiger Temple. As these rebel journalists grow, urgent truth spreads.

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    Alex Karpovsky's Rubberneck — Indie auteur/actor Alex Karpovsky (Sleepwalk With Me, Girls) directs and stars in this "slow-burn psychosexual" character-driven story of desire, infatuation, and repression. Months after a one night stand with his coworker, Boston scientist Paul still finds himself consumed with Danielle — and not in a healthy way. A thriller lurks here!

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    Jenny Deller's Future Weather — A portrait of a Midwestern teen who, after being abandoned by her mom, takes refuge from an unstable home life in science and nature. Intimately sweet and poignant, this is the story of three generations of women as they navigate responsibility and survival. 

    And their successfully-funded fellows...

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    Benjamin Dickinson's First Winter

    Ron Morales' Graceland

    Ira Sachs' Keep The Lights On

    Andrew Semans' Nancy, Please

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    Tom Putnam & Brenna Sanchez's Burn

    Scott Thurman's The Revisionaries

    SHORTS

    Sandy Patch's El Ultimo Hielero (The Last Ice Merchant)

    Martin Rosete's Voice Over

    Ross Cohen's Willowbrook

    See you at the afterparty!

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  2. The History of #1

    On Tuesday, a project called Pebble became the most-funded project in Kickstarter history. This achievement was especially impressive considering the project had launched just six days before.

    While Pebble is the latest project to hold the crown, it's not the first. Twelve projects have held the title of Kickstarter's all-time most-funded project. Here they are in chronological order.

    New York Makes a Book

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    Raised: $3,329
    Goal: $3,000
    Most funded for: 22 days
    Reign: 4/28/2009 — 5/19/2009

    This project was the first #1 mostly because it was one of the first projects on Kickstarter, period. It launched the same day the site did with its creators including two Kickstarter co-founders.

    Allison Weiss Makes a Full Length Record

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    Raised: $7,711
    Goal: $2,000
    Most funded for: 31 days
    Reign: 5/19/2009 — 6/17/2009

    Just three weeks into Kickstarter's existence Allison Weiss blew past her goal in two days. Her project instantly became the model for everyone else.

    Help Polyvinyl Save 10,000 Records From Destruction

    Raised: $15,625
    Goal: $1,000
    Most funded for: 57 days
    Reign: 6/17/2009 — 8/14/2009

    A great record label sells a lot of records early on in Kickstarter history.

    Release the next Five Times August album

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    Raised: $20,546
    Goal: $20,000
    Most funded for: 35 days
    Reign: 8/14/2009 — 9/19/2009

    A project of this size is typical now, but $20,000 felt like $1 million in 2009. Plus, it did it in just 31 days when a typical project duration was double that.

    The Vanderbilt Republic Foundation: "Masters"

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    Raised: $50,264
    Goal: $50,000
    Most funded for: 27 days
    Reign: 9/19/2009 — 10/15/2009

    This photography project was the first Kickstarter mentioned by the blog Daring Fireball, whose posts have generated pledges for many of the projects on this list.

    Designing Obama

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    Raised: $84,613
    Goal: $65,000
    Most funded for: 235 days
    Reign: 10/15/2009 — 5/13/2010

    Arguably the first Kickstarter blockbuster, Scott Thomas' art book about the 2008 Obama campaign was especially notable because he served as the campaign's Design Director.

    Decentralize the web with Diaspora

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    Raised: $200,641
    Goal: $10,000
    Most funded for: 162 days
    Reign: 5/13/2010 — 10/21/2010

    Diaspora raised more money in one day than any other project had ever, and became an internet phenomenon in the process.

    Save Blue Like Jazz

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    Raised: $345,992
    Goal: $125,000
    Most funded for: 34 days
    Reign: 10/21/2010 — 11/25/2010

    Blue Like Jazz was launched by two fans after the film's financiers unexpectedly pulled out of the production. Four weeks later the project had tripled its goal, and the film opened nationwide in more than 100 theaters last Friday.

    TikTok + LunaTik

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    Raised: $942,578
    Goal: $15,000
    Most funded for: 441 days
    Reign: 11/25/2010 — 2/8/2012

    The TikTok came out of nowhere to change what everyone thought was possible on Kickstarter, including us. It raised just shy of $1 million on a $15,000 goal, and was the most-funded project on Kickstarter for well over a year.

    Elevation Dock

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    Raised: $1,464,706
    Goal: $75,000
    Most funded for: 6 hours
    Reign: 2/8/2012 — 2/8/2012

    The Elevation Dock was the first Kickstarter project to exceed $1 million in pledges and the first to topple the TikTok. However its reign was extremely short-lived. Only six hours later, the next project in our list topped it.

    Double Fine Adventure

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    Raised: $3,336,371
    Goal: $400,000
    Most funded for: 65 days
    Reign: 2/8/2012 — 4/17/2012

    Double Fine raised its first $1 million in less than a day and went on to raise more than three times that. Its big funding total felt destined for a TikTok-type reign. And then along came the Pebble...

    Pebble

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    Goal: $100,000
    Raised: ?
    Most funded for: ?
    Reign: 4/17/2012 —

    Meet Pebble, the new #1. How long will it hold the top spot? Where will its funding end? With 30 days to go and funding already over $4 million, it's hard to say. Make your guess at the Pebble's final tally in the comments below.

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