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Holiday Holidaze from Creators

  1. A Reward Wish List, Part Three

    We’re drumming up some blog cheer with a holiday wish list series: a list from each of us of our most coveted project rewards, essentially an invitation to cyber-window-shop, fantasize, and potentially impulse buy. Today’s contribution comes from community team member Cassie, who is not allowed to have nice things:

    My mom bugs me to make a Christmas Wish List every year, and every year I totally forget or can’t think of anything under the pressure so I end up asking for boring, purely functional items (socks, tupperware, etc). This Reward Wish List is like my chance to finally dream big! Except I guess that all I dream about is pasta and pie. Hmm…

    1. Finding Vivian Maier — A Feature Length Documentary Film

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    I’ve already waxed romantic about the work of Vivian Maier and the uniquely compelling story of her discovery, but I feel like the tale is incomplete until I can somehow see it in real life. This $10 reward isn’t an actual print, but getting a real-deal Vivian film spool is (honestly) even better, and the archive-loving nerd in me swoons at the mere prospect of obtaining such unusual historical paraphernalia.  If I were really ballin’, I’d throw in for the $5,000 reward: dinner with creators John and Anthony. Then I’d trick them into taking me on a tour of Vivian’s old neighborhood. Sneaky, sneaky!

    2. Into the Woods — Music Media From the Pacific Northwest

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    To be honest, it was really hard to pick just one reward I wanted from this project. Everything sounds amazing — from the bacon and brie poptart sandwich (whhaaaaaat?) to the drum lesson from Lisa of Explode Into Colors (a favorite band) to to the scooter ride with Starfucker (it’s a band!) to the cute thank you note drawn with “our less dominant hand” — but in the end, it’s me we’re talking about, and a good meal always wins out. Awkward or not, the fastest way to my backing-heart is with a little food. Yums.

    3. Pastamare Project

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    Did you read what I just said about food? Did you watch this project video? No, seriously, watch this project video. Even if you hate pasta, you will want to eat a lot of it after watching this video. Plus, I’m generally a sucker for secret family recipes, traditional Italian food, and really adorable accents (again — watch the video.) Ciao!

    4. Pieholes - 2 Stories That End in Suicide

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    I know the title sounds ominous, but cheer up! For just 30 bucks you can score a photo of a cast-member dressed up and getting a pie in the kisser. And, let’s be honest, what else could you want? Well, maybe some pie…

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  2. New Projects Are Nothing Without You

    The holidays are almost here! But before you get stressed — don’t worry, we haven’t done our Christmas shopping yet, either — have some fun with a few of our recently launched favorite projects. They’re fun, they’re colorful, and they’ll help you forget about how you promised to make pumpkin pie for your company holiday party but then sort-of-maybe-completely forgot about it. Enjoy!

    Lighting up “Mi Peñita Negra” — by Asha Thomas

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    I’m always looking out for nice dance projects, so when Asha Thomas’s flamenco-soul fusion popped up this weekend, my project radar went a-whirlin’. In her solo show “Mi Peñita Negra,” Asha abstracts Spanish flamenco with a southern black American cultural slant. The piece combines the sounds of cante flamenco with gospel, blues, soul, and ring shout music from coastal Georgia. Asha took her Atlanta roots and Juilliard BFA to the prestigious Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and then various companies in Europe. “Mi Peñita Negra” was inspired by her collaboration with a flamenco dance company in Seville, Spain, and having premiered the piece at a festival in Germany last month, she’s now ready to add some sophisticated lighting to the production. - Daniella J. 

    Public Radio is Nothing Without You… — by Public Radio

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    Public Radio is a band from Charlotte, NC, and its members are swapping lips via iPhone! She’s got a mustache, he’s wearing lipstick… I’m digging this project video. Every band’s got its own style, and it’s a blast watching different vibes come to life in fun ways. Watch the video! Oh and you can get a copy of the album for a very reasonable $10, plus a bunch of other fun stuff. - Daniella J.

    Piehole’s 2 Stories That End in Suicide — by Piehole

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    “2 Stories That End in Suicide” is a theatrical exploration of cultural subversion among contemporary Iranian youth put on by the scrappy/experimental collective Piehole. The group approaches their subject with a surrealism bordering on whimsical, combining eerie puppetry and animation with live actors, and their interest in creating an open dialogue with their audience is touchingly genuine. Plus, the story is partially based on Sadegh Hedayat’s The Blind Owl — a book I just read and was completely fascinated by. Add to that a collection of rewards both fun and thoughtful and a project video which offers an intriguing glimpse of their past work, and this project is a clear winner. I can’t wait to see the final show! - Cassie M.

    Color — by Gabriel Priske

    I know literally nothing about video games (I wasn’t allowed to play them as a kid), but I dig this. “Color” is an online team action game where the goal of character play is “paint” the gray-scale landscape a specific color before time runs out. Each color is accompanied by a unique secondary mission, and working together with other “colors” (ie: other players) also creates an entirely new set of gaming possibilities. It’s silly, it’s pretty, and I like that each time you play can be a different experience. Don’t have to be an expert to be into that!! — Cassie M. 

    The TRANSMETROPOLITAN art book — by Susan Auger

    When the world most needed a heavy dose of unadorned truth, Eisner-nominated comic book series Transmetropolitan was on hand to deliver a heaping plate of ignominy through its unforgettable antihero Spider Jerusalem. Originally created by writer Warren Ellis and artist Darick Robertson, fans of the original series will be delighted by this brand new, limited-run Transmetropolitan art book. Featuring brand new artwork from an impressive list of contributors, this one-of-a-kind book will quickly become a must-have for fans, and an excellent way to commemorate the awesomeness of Transmetropolitan’s original run. — Cindy A.

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