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Last year, we launched the Creators-in-Residence program at Brooklyn HQ. Over the course of three residencies, we welcomed more than thirty Kickstarter creators into the building. They accomplished a lot: they launched campaigns, created and produced new work, shipped thousands of rewards, and hosted performances, workshops, and events.
How do you get into running if you find it, well, boring? If you’re Adrian Hon, you turn it into a mobile game — with zombies.
In 2011, the CEO and founder of the independent games developer Six to Start partnered with writer Naomi Alderman to create Zombies, Run!, an audio-based game that transforms your run into an adrenaline-fueled adventure during the zombie apocalypse.
“Kickstarter seemed like an obvious idea for Zombies, Run! as a way to find out whether people even cared about [our] idea and whether they were willing to put money behind it,” Hon says.
As a college student, songwriter Julia Nunes began sharing her music on YouTube. “I thought you just put your stuff there and you could send it to someone, but no one [else] is going to find it,” she says. So she was stunned when the videos began racking up views and reaching total strangers.
Suddenly, she found herself touring with her musical idols — she’s played with Ben Folds, Ben Kweller, and Weezer, among others — and thinking about releasing an album.
“I never thought I could have a sustainable career [as a musician],” Nunes says. “The world of the music-industry machine didn’t interest me.” But she did have a cache of songs she wanted to record with the help of a producer.
Jim Cummings took home the Grand Jury Award for Narrative Feature for his Kickstarter-funded film, Thunder Road, while Kickstarter alum Hao Wu won the Grand Jury Award for Documentary Feature for his new film, People’s Republic of Desire.
“It’s always been Kickstarter’s aim to be the the home of exceptional, creatively ambitious film projects that explore the form to the fullest. We’re so proud of the Kickstarter-funded SXSW award winners, who all more than meet that aspiration,” says Elise McCave, Kickstarter’s Director of Narrative Film. “Congratulations, everyone — we can’t wait to see what you make next.”
Read on to learn more about these six films, and join us in giving a big round of applause to the filmmakers who received awards this year — and the backers who made these films possible.
Michael J. Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy, a.k.a. RiffTrax, are responsible for some of the best jokes about the worst movies of all time.
Their hilarious film commentary anchored the show Mystery Science Theater 3000 from 1988 to 1999. After MST3K’s final season, the trio took their schtick on the road, riffing on B horror and sci-fi films at live screenings and online. They’re currently running their sixth Kickstarter project to host two live events, where they’ll riff on MST3K favorite Space Mutiny and the swashbuckling cult classic Krull.
The Guanajuato International Film Festival presents twelve projects from emerging filmmakers.
A young man who believes he can save the world with a tweet. A musical duo connecting with their neighborhood through hip-hop. A community of children who use golf as both an escape and a source of hope against all odds.
For the second year in a row, Kickstarter is partnering with Mexico’s Guanajuato International Film Festival (GIFF) to feature projects by emerging filmmakers in Latin America. Representing a wide array of perspectives and cinematic visions, they offer a snapshot of the future of film in Mexico.
Each year, the festival includes two initiatives dedicated to young creators: Identidad y Pertenencia (Identity and Belonging), a program of six documentary shorts that explore the concept of national and regional identity from a personal point of view; and Rally Universitario (University Rally), which features six narrative shorts made by university students from all over Mexico, selected by the festival to receive resources and training to complete their film projects.
Keep reading to learn about the twelve projects headed to GIFF this July.
Artists Simon Goode and Ira Yonemura opened the London Centre for Book Arts in 2012 to provide an open-access work space and resources to people interested in book-binding, printing, and self-publishing. "People work on all sorts of different projects [here]. Some of them are artists, some are craftspeople, some are hobbyists," Goode says.
The studio’s membership swelled over the years, and the pair started talking about what it would take to expand the Centre. “We knew that we wouldn’t be able to do it in our own,” Yonemura says. So in July 2017, they launched a Kickstarter project to expand into a new studio, planning to host workshops and special events, house a new library and reading space, and purchase new equipment. And with the support of 470 backers, the pair raised £24,000 (over $33,000) to expand the London Centre for Book Arts.