The Kickstarter Blog

An Awesome Time for Documentaries

  1. The New York Times & Kickstarter: We're launching a new showcase for documentaries

    Documentary filmmaking has always thrived on Kickstarter, and we couldn’t be prouder of all the incredible work that’s gathered funding on the site — we’ve seen films go on to garner widespread acclaim, Oscar nominations, even an Oscar win. Browsing through the best-loved documentaries of any given year always turns up plenty of films we had the privilege of working with.

    Starting this month, we’re teaming up with a pretty exciting institution to help share even more of that fantastic work: The New York Times. Over the coming months, The Times will be hosting great short-form documentaries, all made with Kickstarter, on its Times Video page, with a new film taking a turn in the spotlight each week — films The Times has hand-picked to inform, entertain, and broaden the worlds of its readership.

    These selections span both the globe and the diversity of filmmaking talent on Kickstarter. Six terrific stories — each running a compact ten to thirty minutes — are ready to watch right now:

    • The first to be featured is Joey Daoud’s Strike — the story of Bill Fong, an underdog bowler who suddenly begins nailing strike after strike after strike.
    • Sandy Patch’s The Last Ice Merchant follows Baltazar Ushca, the last of his brothers to make a living harvesting ice from the glaciers of Ecuador.
    • Scott Elliot tells the story of The Tree That Would Not Be Broken — a pear tree that was the last living thing rescued from the ruins of the World Trade Center.
    • Minka: A Farmhouse in Japan, from Davina Pardo, tells a tale of place and memory.
    • In Elvis Loses His Excess & Other Tales from the World’s Longest Yard Sale, Riley Hooper introduces us to the characters of a 690-mile roadside sale, stretching from Michigan to Alabama.
    • And A Harlem Mother, by Ivana Todorovic, mixes 1998 documentary footage by shot LaTraun Parker with a view of his mother Jean’s life after LaTraun was murdered at age 26.

    Take a look, enjoy the selections, and stay tuned for more — we’re incredibly happy to be working with The Times to share important films with the world!

  2. Introducing Apple Pay to the Kickstarter app

    Today we’re happy to introduce an amazing new feature to the Kickstarter app that makes it even easier to back a project on the go. Thanks to the addition of Apple Pay, you can now back a project with the touch of a finger. No more manually entering your card details. No more holding your phone in two hands, even. Install our latest app update and you’ll be on your way to backing with nothing but a single thumb. 

    Check it out:

    This is the latest in a series of improvements to help make supporting the projects you love a more seamless (and now virtually hands-free) experience. 

    Some questions (and answers): 

    Who can use Apple Pay? 

    Apple Pay is compatible with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. To use it, you’ll need a U.S. credit or debit card. Apple Pay is available for pledges to any project based in the U.S. 

    How secure is Apple Pay?

    Extremely secure! When you add a credit or debit card to Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on your device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted, and securely stored. Each transaction is authorized with a one-time Dynamic Security Code, instead of using the security code from the back of your card.

    Where can I download the Kickstarter for iPhone or iPad? 

    Great question! You can get it right here

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