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The Year in Publishing 2014

  1. Kickstarter Documentaries on the Oscar Shortlist

    There are a total of five (!) Kickstarter-funded films on the Oscar shortlist for Documentary Feature. It's an incredible array of films on a variety of subjects, and we couldn't be prouder to see them all noted this way. Watch the trailers for each below. 

    Finding Vivian Maier

    Vivian Maier is one of America's greatest street photographers. Her work, which seemed to be destined for obscurity, was rediscovered after her archives were purchased in an auction. From there, the story just gets more interesting. This documentary examines Maier's work and place in the American photo canon. 

    The Internet's Own Boy 

    The Internet's Own Boy is about Aaron Swartz, internet pioneer and activist. It follows Swartz from his teenage years, through to his involvement with RSS and Reddit, as well as his political advocacy and untimely death. It's also a film about the future of information on the internet. 

    Keep On Keepin' On 

    Keep On Keepin' On is a story about music and inspiration: 91-year-old Clark Terry, who played with Duke Ellington and mentored Miles Davis (among many others), is passing his torch on to his last student, a blind piano prodigy named Justin Kauflin. 

    Citizen Koch

    Citizen Koch is a film about money, power, and politics. It's a journalistic story to shed some light on the huge influence of the billionaire Koch brothers, and their presence in the world of politics, entertainment, and beyond. 

    Art and Craft

    Art and Craft is the fascinating tale of America's most prolific art forger, Mark Landis, whose enormous talent has been secret for years — until he is discovered by a collector and made to confront his decades-spanning legacy.

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  2. Not Just Another Company

    When we started Kickstarter our goal wasn’t to start another company. It was to create a way for artists, musicians, filmmakers, chefs, craftspeople, designers, adventurers, and other creative people to fund and build community around their ideas. We wanted to create a universe where ideas were funded not because some executive thought they seemed like a good way to make money, but because people wanted them to exist.

    A belief in the immeasurable importance of art and creativity is core to who we are as a company. Our mission is to help bring creative projects to life. We exist so that other people’s ideas can exist. We've remained independent and founder-led so that we can pursue this mission fully.

    We’re also a company that cares deeply about how we go about pursuing this mission. We try to act with integrity, by prioritizing responsible governance, corporate transparency, and a respectful and inclusive work environment. There’s much more to be done, but our commitment to creating a better company for our team and you, our community, is real.

    Over the past few months we’ve worked with a nonprofit called B Labs that recognizes companies that demonstrate a commitment to corporate transparency, civic engagement, and other socially conscious practices. We’re happy to report that after evaluating Kickstarter against their high standards of corporate responsibility, B Labs has named Kickstarter a “Certified B Corporation.” You can read the full assessment of our practices here. We’re proud of this certification, and we will use it as a baseline for further improvement.

    From our commitment in our Privacy Policy to never sell our users’ data, to our transparent public stats page, to this B Labs certification, Kickstarter is committed to being a responsible company for the long haul. We’re grateful for your continued support. Thank you.

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