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  1. Highlight Reel: 10 Cool New Film Projects

    Just about every day we come across a fascinating new documentary or sci-fi short or animation or full-length feature film. It's mind-boggling. This week, we thought we'd highlight 10 film projects of varying types that are on their way to completion. There's a wide range of stuff here, so you'll likely find something you'll want to see. And when you're done, head over to our Watch Now page, where you can browse hundreds of Kickstarter-funded films available to stream at this exact second.

    Bloodsworth: An Innocent Man 

     

    Kirk Noble spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit. This new doc from Gregory Bayne is nearly complete, and needs your help to hit the fest circuit in 2015.

    Cindy 

    From Larry Wilson (writer of Beetlejuice, The Addams Family, Tales From the Crypt) — this dark comedy web series reframes the Cinderella story as a reality TV show. Scary how right that metaphor seems…

    Cucalorus 20 

    Every filmmaker we've ever met has told us that this festival is unbelievably rad. Help them celebrate 20 years.

    Evolution of a Criminal 

    We loved Darius Monroe Clark's SXSW doc about what led him to commit armed robbery and spend over a decade in prison. Now he's raising funds to take the film on the road for a theatrical (and prison) tour.

    Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown BluRay 

    How cool is this? Wyrd is running a campaign to create a collectible BluRay of their long out-of-print documentary on H.P. Lovecraft. Distributors take note — if you're looking to reprint or restore a title, Kickstarter can help!

    The New 8-bit Heroes 

    Triple threat! These folks are (a) creating a new NES video game, (b) filming a documentary about it, and (c) crafting a tutorial so that people can make their own NES games. Looks like we might finally have options beyond getting laughed at by that damn dog in Duck Hunter:

    Nuts!: The Brinkley Story 

    The latest documentary from Our Nixon director Penny Lane. Meet the man who "cured" impotence through goat testicle transplant AND ran for governor of Kansas.

    Orchard House 

    A PBS-style documentary about the house where Little Women was written (and set) back in 1868. Over 70k already raised — we think this is going to be a big one!

    Shoot the Moon 

    Two men have made it their life's work to build an elevator to space. This film will chronicle their journey. 

    Spa Night 

    This Sundance-supported debut from filmmaker Andrew Ahn follows a closeted Korean-American teen as he comes to terms with his sexuality. 

    XMAS IN JULY 

    From Joel Clark and Dave Boyle (Man From Reno, Surrogate Valentine, Daylight Savings). Get ready for the first (hopefully not last) psychedelic Dickens adaptation featuring robot cats.

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  2. 2014: The Third Quarter in Numbers

    Isn’t summer supposed to slow things down? We kept plenty busy here at Kickstarter. In the last quarter we announced that we’re opening up to creators in Scandinavia and Ireland, encouraged our community to speak out about net neutrality, celebrated our first year in Canada, revamped our discovery tools, and blitzed the World Maker Faire with our first-ever Kickstarter creator zone. There were film fests, big projects, unexplainably viral projects, the works.

    Here’s a quick rundown of stats for the third quarter (July 1 - Sept. 30): 

    Dollars pledged to projects: $138,917,566 
    Average pledged per day: $1,509,974 
    Successfully funded projects: 6,124 
    Total backers: 1,079,201 
    New backers: 612,596

    And even more numbers: 

    62,642 people pledged $13.3 million to Ryan Grepper’s Coolest Cooler, making it the most-funded Kickstarter project ever

    17,155 Kano computer kits were shipped to backers. (We’ve already installed Doom on ours.) 

    10,141 people backed 10 or more projects in the quarter. 

    3,000 people (more or less) came out to our first-ever Los Angeles Film Fest. It was a beautiful night! 

    2,186 people have hit the “Start a project” button in Scandinavia and Ireland. Creators there will be able to launch their projects on Oct. 21. 

    450 pounds of potato salad were served at Zach Brown’s PotatoStock 2014 party in Columbus, Ohio. 

    335 people backed 50 or more projects in the quarter. 

    203 backers helped bring a hot-tub-equipped Cadillac into existence. It made a guest appearance at the LA Film Fest (see above). 

    139 video game and mobile game projects were successfully funded. (We’re especially excited for Moon Hunters!) 

    87 maker-y Kickstarter creators showed off their work at the World Maker Faire in New York. 

    14 new people joined the Kickstarter team at our headquarters in Brooklyn. 

    13 knitting projects were successfully funded. Go crafts

    10 backers of Wasteland 2, which was released last month to great reviews, told us about their other favorite Kickstarter-funded games

    7 dogs were scientifically determined to be the top dogs of the Kickstarter Film Fest’s New York edition

    4 members of the Kickstarter team launched projects on our company Hack Day. One involved pop music, feelings, and bananas

    1 corner shop stocked with products made of felt opened in London, thanks to Lucy Sparrow's project.

    For even more numbers, check out our stats page, which gets an update at least once a day.

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