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  1. This Week in Kickstarter

    In an attempt to beat the heat, we're retreating to nature. If you are unwilling to move away from your Air Conditioner, no worries, as all you need to do in order to transport yourself to a cooler climate is watch these two beautiful trailers for The First 70 (above) and Warm Earth (below), Kurtis Hough's 24 hour timelapse film shot in the heart of Oregon with a beautiful score provided by Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance. Visual air conditioning if ever such a thing existed. 

    While we were zoning out on Kurtis Hough's amazing timelapse, we found out that Kickstarter-alum Tahir Hemphill, creator of the Hip-Hop Word Count, was announced as the 2012-2013 Hiphop Archive Fellows at the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African & African American Research at Harvard University. Congrats to Tahir, who will probably be working with, or at least passing by, 9th Wonder, another fellow at the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute, whose story is being told in The Harvard Fellow


    During their stay at Harvard, Tahir and 9th will be researching and lecturing on Hip-Hop culture in America. While they are hard at work, Whoopi Goldberg will be doing some research of her own, as she is currently working on a documentary about Moms Mabley, an influential comedian and pioneer, who influenced countless comedians, including Whoopi. 


    And lastly, before we head off into a scorcher of a weekend, couldn't help but clue you in to, Crystal Bacon. Yes, Crystal Bacon. An obvious candidates for Christmas tree ornament of the year. It's a shame Crystal Bacon is only now entering the world we live in, but, hey, never too late! 

  2. Kickstarter and Rooftop Films Present: Brooklyn Castle

    On Saturday, July 21 on the roof of The Old American Can Factory in Brooklyn, Kickstarter and Rooftop Films present a summertime outdoor screening of Brooklyn Castle, plus the NYC premiere of the short Josephine and the Roach.

    Katie Mullins, a Brooklyn singer-songwriter who recently funded her second solo album on Kickstarter will perform live.

    Brooklyn Castle is a feature length documentary about I.S. 318, an inner-city public school home to the most winning junior high school chess team in the country. The film chronicles the path of students, teachers and families of the chess team, as they contend with deep budget cuts threatening to undermine their hard-won success. 

    We’ve been following the film’s progress for years: we featured an excerpt at our very first film festival in July 2010, back when we still referred to it by its working title Chess Movie. Since then we’ve seen the film premiere to film festival audience rave reviews and successfully fund a second Kickstarter. In March 2012, Brooklyn Castle joined 30 other Kickstarter-funded films at SXSW, taking home the Audience Award for Documentary Spotlight.

    No hometown show would be complete without an appearance from its stars. Brooklyn Castle subjects will be on hand for a special, pre-screening chess event. Joined by some of the best chess clubs from in and around NYC, they'll play matches against each other as well as audience members up for a challenge. Interested in participating, or just learning more about the game? Come early! 

    Filmmaker Katie Dellamaggiore will also be in attendance for a Q+A after the film. Click here for more details on the pre-screening activities.

    We’re so pleased to be co-hosting this screening with longtime friends Rooftop Films, in our collective backyard. We hope you’ll join us!

    Saturday, July 21 at 7:30PM. Chess tournament begins at 8PM. Live music at 8:30PM. Click here to purchase $12 advance tickets.

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