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  1. This Week in Kickstarter

    Well, we've already posted a few things about all the amazing stuff that happened this week, but it's Friday, so why not recap the the insanity that was March 11th through March 16th. For those of you playing along at home, you probably heard about Double Fine. As of today, it is hard to believe there is a Kickstarter record that isn't owned by Double Fine. If there is, please let us know! The 30 day insanity ended on Monday, with Tim Schafer and co. hosting a live stream for backers to celebrate together. It was awesome, and concluded with Tim noting, "I don't want to say this is the end of the game publishing as we know it. I'm sure a few games will still need publishers." 

    Wasteland 2's video poster
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    One of the games that won't need a publisher to be created is Wasteland 2, which has been blowing up, with over 21,000 backers pledging over $1 million to the project in just a couple of days. Take a look at the video for their take on just how hard the process of working with a game publisher can be. 

    While films were down at SXSW winning awards(!!), artist Heather Hart was installing her new exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. Hart's Eastern Oracle project is tearing the roof of that sucka, and, er, planting another one on it! As you can see, a lot of the work is already done. Be sure to pop in and check out the exhibit, which runs from April 13th to June 24th, 2012.

    KENNY G: The Epic Movie Adventure's video poster
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    In other news, this week we received a project chronicling a man whose music has infiltrated so many lives over the past 20 years or so. That man is Kenny G, and if this project doesn't bring a smile to your face, then clearly you have never felt the joys of a single note on the saxophone being played for 45 minutes and 37 seconds. Let's just say it is extremely "zen."

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    And in other celebrity news, what kind of week would it be if we weren't introduced to a video game which allows users to play in "Bob Mode." "Bob Mode" meaning you can tackle Spike: A Love Story as if you were Mr. Fluffy Clouds himself, Bob Ross. What a way to end an epic week!

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  2. SXSW Film Festival Recap — 6 Award Winners, Blue Like Jazz, Girl Walk, Trash Dance, and More!

    It's been one heck of a week down in Austin, Texas! 33 Kickstarter-funded films played this year's SXSW Film Festival, with 6 taking home fantastic awards. Huge hugs and congrats to our filmmakers on their accomplishments:

    Best Narrative Feature: Gimme The Loot, written and directed by Adam Leon

    Audience Award for Best Documentary: Bay of All Saints, directed by Annie Eastman

    Audience Award for Documentary Spotlight: Brooklyn Castle, directed by Katie Dellamaggiore

    Special Jury Recognition for Performances: Nico Stone in Booster, written and directed by Matt Ruskin

    Lone Star Special Jury Recognition: Trash Dance, directed by Andrew Garrison

    Excellence in Poster Design: Man & Gun, designer Justin Cox

    Blue Like Jazz SXSW World Premiere
    Blue Like Jazz SXSW World Premiere

    In addition to these awards, this year's festival saw the world premiere of Steve Taylor's Blue Like Jazz, the most-funded Kickstarter film of all time. Adapted from Donald Miller's New York Times bestselling memoir and co-written with Miller and Ben Pearson, Blue Like Jazz and Taylor were extraordinarily well received. 

    Audience awaits the Blue Like Jazz world premiere outside the Paramount Theater
    Audience awaits the Blue Like Jazz world premiere outside the Paramount Theater
    Steve Taylor, Donald Miller, and star Marshall Allman at the Blue Like Jazz Q&A
    Steve Taylor, Donald Miller, and star Marshall Allman at the Blue Like Jazz Q&A

    With a massive line outside the Paramount Theater wrapped around the block, Kickstarter backers abounded, and we spent the screening listening to a healthy mix of laughter and sniffles from the audience. Thanks to some 4,496 backers including 799 Associate Producers (whose credit roll ran as long as all other credits combined!) Blue Like Jazz will be released on April 13th by Roadside Attractions. Steve took a few minutes out of his hectic press schedule to chat with us (in between interviews with USA Today and CNN! ...NoBigDeal.)

    In other industry news, we also just heard the fiction rights to high school chess documentary Brooklyn Castle have been optioned by renowned Hollywood producer Scott Rudin.

    Daniel Johnston's SXSW Space Ducks comic book launch party
    Daniel Johnston's SXSW Space Ducks comic book launch party

    And the music industry was all aflutter with the premiere of rad Kickstarter project Space Ducks, musician Daniel Johnston's first-ever comic book. The debut was celebrated with a crazy party featuring the R. Stevie Moore (a two-time successful Kickstarter creator himself), Built to Spill, and others. It was a fantastic time!

    Girl Walk // All Day SXSW Street Dance Party (photo courtesy of girlwalkallday.tumblr.com)
    Girl Walk // All Day SXSW Street Dance Party (photo courtesy of girlwalkallday.tumblr.com)

    Truth be told, Kickstarter cheers and tears were in full effect this SX, as audiences flipped for Jacob Krupnick's Girl Walk // All Day and Andrew Garrison's Trash Dance. Despite torrential rains Girl Walk kicked off the 2012 festival by setting the Austin Convention Center ablaze. Post the 72-minute dance film, a boogie-ready audience was greeted with hundreds of sparklers, evolving into an epic rain dance party till the very last sparkler burned out. 

    And for some next-day hullabaloo: hoots, hollers, and a hearty standing ovation greeted Garrison and his subjects, choreographer Allison Orr and the Austin city sanitation workers who participated in her modern trash ballet, as they took the stage after their world premiere. Even Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell was there to officially declare March 10th Trash Dance Day in Austin! 

    Trash Dance Austin sanitation performers pose with their families at the SXSW world premiere
    Trash Dance Austin sanitation performers pose with their families at the SXSW world premiere

    The Kickstarter projects that took SX by storm are undoubtedly some of our favorite Kickstarter projects of all time. Stories of community, participation, acceptance, and joyful embrace, these projects are exactly the kind of creative work we care about being brought into this world. It was truly amazing to see all three of them come to life in Austin this week, and we're so proud to have played a role in each of their successes. If you haven't experienced them yet, we can't wait for you to become a part of their worlds. We can't wait to see where they go from here. 

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