Granby Workshop: Rebuilding a Neighborhood Through Creative Projects

[Our] products need to invite chance and accident in the way that they’re made — an element where you lose control and you don’t quite know how the product will end up when you start making it.

Granby Workshop is an architectural ceramics studio founded by the Turner Prize-winning design collective Assemble. The workshop grew out of a larger effort to revitalize Liverpool’s Granby neighborhood, producing distinctive architectural materials to renovate local homes and creating new manufacturing jobs within the community.

In the video above, Assemble designer Lewis Jones and Sumuyya Khader of Granby Workshop discuss their design process and offer a look at how they prepared to launch their first Kickstarter project, for a line of ceramics called Splatware.

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Product Upgrades: Creator Dashboard on Android, and More

We’ve got a few nice product improvements to talk about today, including the debut of the Creator Dashboard in the Kickstarter Android app.

In case you haven’t seen it on our site or iOS app, the Creator Dashboard gives creators a bird’s-eye view of the latest activity on a live or completed project. In the latest update to our Android app, the dashboard offers:

  • An overview of funding progress. 
  • A breakdown of the most popular rewards. 
  • The top sources of pledges. 
  • Quick access to messages, as well as all the projects you’ve launched or collaborated on.

This upgrade to our Android app is available right now.

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Open Call: Apply to Become a Kickstarter Creator-in-Residence This Summer

Designer, author, and artist Adam J. Kurtz
Designer, author, and artist Adam J. Kurtz

As part of our mission to help bring creative projects to life, we're always looking for ways to help artists and creators find the support and resources they need to make their ideas a reality.

Last year, we launched the Creators-in-Residence program at Brooklyn HQ. Over the course of three residencies, we welcomed more than thirty Kickstarter creators into the building. They accomplished a lot: they launched campaigns, created and produced new work, shipped thousands of rewards, and hosted performances, workshops, and events.

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Zombies, Run! How Adrian Hon Turned a Daily Jog into a Zombie-Filled Adventure

How do you get into running if you find it, well, boring? If you’re Adrian Hon, you turn it into a mobile game — with zombies.

In 2011, the CEO and founder of the independent games developer Six to Start partnered with writer Naomi Alderman to create Zombies, Run!, an audio-based game that transforms your run into an adrenaline-fueled adventure during the zombie apocalypse.

“Kickstarter seemed like an obvious idea for Zombies, Run! as a way to find out whether people even cared about [our] idea and whether they were willing to put money behind it,” Hon says.

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Julia Nunes on Building a Sustainable Career as an Independent Musician

As a college student, songwriter Julia Nunes began sharing her music on YouTube. “I thought you just put your stuff there and you could send it to someone, but no one [else] is going to find it,” she says. So she was stunned when the videos began racking up views and reaching total strangers.

Suddenly, she found herself touring with her musical idols — she’s played with Ben Folds, Ben Kweller, and Weezer, among others — and thinking about releasing an album.

“I never thought I could have a sustainable career [as a musician],” Nunes says. “The world of the music-industry machine didn’t interest me.” But she did have a cache of songs she wanted to record with the help of a producer.

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6 Kickstarter-Funded Films Win Awards at SXSW

Jim Cummings’ Kickstarter-funded film ‘Thunder Road’ took home the Grand Jury Award for Narrative Feature at SXSW. Photo: David Ninh
Jim Cummings’ Kickstarter-funded film ‘Thunder Road’ took home the Grand Jury Award for Narrative Feature at SXSW. Photo: David Ninh

This year, eleven Kickstarter-funded films screened at the SXSW Film Festival. Today, we’re delighted to announce that six of those films went on to win a total of seven awards.

Jim Cummings took home the Grand Jury Award for Narrative Feature for his Kickstarter-funded film, Thunder Road, while Kickstarter alum Hao Wu won the Grand Jury Award for Documentary Feature for his new film, People’s Republic of Desire.

“It’s always been Kickstarter’s aim to be the the home of exceptional, creatively ambitious film projects that explore the form to the fullest. We’re so proud of the Kickstarter-funded SXSW award winners, who all more than meet that aspiration,” says Elise McCave, Kickstarter’s Director of Narrative Film. “Congratulations, everyone — we can’t wait to see what you make next.”

Read on to learn more about these six films, and join us in giving a big round of applause to the filmmakers who received awards this year — and the backers who made these films possible.

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RiffTrax Talks B Movies, Joke-Writing, and Milk Duds

Bill Corbett, Michael J. Nelson, and Kevin Murphy (a.k.a. RiffTrax) at a live ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000' reunion show
Bill Corbett, Michael J. Nelson, and Kevin Murphy (a.k.a. RiffTrax) at a live ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000' reunion show

This post originally appeared on the Drip blog

Michael J. Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy, a.k.a. RiffTrax, are responsible for some of the best jokes about the worst movies of all time.

Their hilarious film commentary anchored the show Mystery Science Theater 3000 from 1988 to 1999. After MST3K’s final season, the trio took their schtick on the road, riffing on B horror and sci-fi films at live screenings and online. They’re currently running their sixth Kickstarter project to host two live events, where they’ll riff on MST3K favorite Space Mutiny and the swashbuckling cult classic Krull.

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Meet the Next Wave of Mexican Filmmakers

The team behind the documentary short, Anita
The team behind the documentary short, Anita

Versión en español a continuación. 

The Guanajuato International Film Festival presents twelve projects from emerging filmmakers.

A young man who believes he can save the world with a tweet. A musical duo connecting with their neighborhood through hip-hop. A community of children who use golf as both an escape and a source of hope against all odds.

For the second year in a row, Kickstarter is partnering with Mexico’s Guanajuato International Film Festival (GIFF) to feature projects by emerging filmmakers in Latin America. Representing a wide array of perspectives and cinematic visions, they offer a snapshot of the future of film in Mexico.

Each year, the festival includes two initiatives dedicated to young creators: Identidad y Pertenencia (Identity and Belonging), a program of six documentary shorts that explore the concept of national and regional identity from a personal point of view; and Rally Universitario (University Rally), which features six narrative shorts made by university students from all over Mexico, selected by the festival to receive resources and training to complete their film projects.

Keep reading to learn about the twelve projects headed to GIFF this July.

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