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A Guide to Kickstarter at the
2014 Sundance Film Festival

We are pleased to announce that 20 Kickstarter-funded features, docs, shorts, and more will show at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. That's over 10% of the festival slate — for the third straight year! — totaling 73 Kickstarter-funded selections.

From Pariah and Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, to Keep the Lights On, Room 237, and The Square, Kickstarter-funded films have been the toast of Sundance and beyond. Congratulations to this year's filmmakers. We're so proud to be a part of making and sharing such great work.

Film & Video on Kickstarter

1.5M
backers
$190M
pledged
12,000+
successfully funded projects

Blue Ruin

Spotlight Selection

A mysterious outsider’s quiet life turns upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving to be an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family. Written & Directed by Jeremy Saulnier

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Funded by 438 backers on 8/30/2012

Wish I Was Here

Wish I Was Here

World Premiere

Aidan Bloom, a 35-year-old struggling actor, father, and husband, is still trying to find purpose in his life. In coming to terms with the death of his father, Aidan and his family unite to discover how to turn the page onto the next chapter. Written & Directed by Zach Braff

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Funded by 46,520 Backers on 5/24/2013

God Help the Girl

God Help the Girl

Premiering in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition

This musical from Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian is about some messed up boys and girls and the music they made. Written & Directed by Stuart Murdoch

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Funded by 1,334 Backers on 2/12/2012

Obvious Child

Obvious Child

Premiering in NEXT ⇔

An honest comedy about what happens when Brooklyn comedian Donna Stern gets dumped, fired, and pregnant, just in time for the worst/best Valentine's Day of her life. Written & Directed by Gillian Robespierre

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Funded by 631 backers on 1/14/2014

Drunktown's Finest

Drunktown’s Finest

Premiering in NEXT ⇔

On a beautifully desolate Navajo reservation in New Mexico, three young people – a college-bound, devout Christian; a rebellious and angry father-to-be; and a promiscuous but gorgeous transsexual - search for love and acceptance. As the three find their lives becoming more complicated and their troubles growing, their paths begin to intersect. With little in common other than a shared heritage, they soon learn that the key to overcoming their respective obstacles may come from the most unlikely of sources, each other. Written & Directed by Sydney Freeland

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Funded by 376 Backers on 11/4/2013

The Foxy Merkins

NEXT ⇔ Official Selection

A prostitute buddy comedy about two lesbian hookers working the streets of New York. Directed by Madeleine Olnek

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Currently funding

The Babadook

The Babadook

Premiering in Park City at Midnight

A single mother, reeling from her husband’s violent death, tries to cope with her son’s fear of a monster in the house. Then, those fears seem to come true. Written & Directed by Jennifer Kent

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Funded by 259 backers on 9/26/2012

Rich Hill

Premiering in the U.S. Documentary Competition

An examination of challenges, hopes and dreams of the young residents of a rural American town. Directed by Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo

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Funded by 514 Backers on 10/4/2013

No No: A Dockumentary About Dock Ellis

No No: A Dockumentary About Dock Ellis

Premiering in the U.S. Documentary Competition

Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter on LSD, then worked for decades counseling drug abusers. Dock's soulful style defined 1970s baseball as he kept hitters honest and embarrassed the establishment. An ensemble cast of teammates, friends, and family investigate his life on the field, in the media, and out of the spotlight. Directed by Jeffrey Radice

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Funded by 353 Backers on 7/17/2012

Marmato

Premiering in the U.S. Documentary Competition

If Colombia is the focal point of the new global gold rush, then Marmato, a mining town with over 500 years of history, is the new frontier. In its mountain there are $20 billion dollars in gold, but its 8,000 inhabitants are at risk of being displaced by an open-pit mining project. Marmato chronicles how the townspeople confront a Canadian mining company that wants the gold beneath their homes. Filmed over the course of 6 years, Marmato is a canvas of magic realism and the confrontation with globalized mining. Directed by Mark Grieco

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Funded by 214 Backers on 11/27/2013

Cesar’s Last Fast

Premiering in the U.S. Documentary Competition

In 1988, Cesar Chavez embarked on what would be his last act of protest in his remarkable life. Driven in part to pay penance for feeling he had not done enough, Chavez began his “Fast for Life,” a 36-day water-only hunger strike, to draw attention to the horrific effects of unfettered pesticide use on farm workers, their families, and their communities. Directed by Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee

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Funded by 266 Backers on 11/24/2011

The Internet’s Own Boy:
The Story of Aaron Swartz

Premiering in the U.S. Documentary Competition

Programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz achieved groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing. His passion for open access ensnared him in a legal nightmare that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Directed by Brian Knappenberger

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Funded by 1,531 Backers on 5/24/2013

Alive Inside

Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory

Premiering in the U.S. Documentary Competition

5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's disease and dementia – many of them alone, in nursing homes. A man with a simple idea discovers that songs, embedded deep in memory, can ease pain and awaken these fading souls and minds. Joy and life are resuscitated and our cultural fears over aging are confronted. Directed by Michael Rossato-Bennett

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Funded by 653 Backers on 7/31/2012

Rat Pack Rat

Premiering in U.S. Narrative Short Films

A Sammy Davis Jr. impersonator, hired to visit a loyal Rat Pack fan, finds himself performing last rites at the boy's bedside. Written & Directed by Todd Rohal

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Funded by 125 Backers on 11/5/2013

Afronauts

Premiering in U.S. Narrative Short Films

On July 16th 1969, America prepares to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of miles away, the Zambia Space Academy hopes to beat America to the moon. Inspired by true events. Written & Directed by Frances Bodomo

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Funded by 264 Backers on 4/21/2013

I’m A Mitzvah

Premiering in U.S. Narrative Short Films

A young American man spends one last night with his deceased friend while stranded in rural Mexico. Confusion and emotional detachment gives way to a bizarre celebration of life as David tries to come to grips with his friend's untimely death. Directed by Ben Berman

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Funded by 62 Backers on 9/1/2013

The Immaculate Reception

Premiering in U.S. Narrative Short Films

Immaculate Reception - It’s 1972 in the hard-working steel town of Pittsburgh, PA. Joey, 16, the middle of three boys, shy and still very much a kid, wants to grow up and be like his dad and brother, strong charismatic steelworkers. Joey has his chance to prove himself when the girl he has a crush on ends up at his house to watch the infamous playoff game between the Steelers and the Raiders. Written & Directed by Charlotte Glynn

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Funded by 137 Backers on 12/23/2013

The Measure of All Things

The Measure of All Things

New Frontier installation

The Measure of All Things is a new ‘live documentary’ by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green. Inspired very loosely by the Guinness Book of Records, the film is a meditation on fate, time, and the outer contours of the human experience. It weaves together a series of portraits of record-holding people, places, and things including: the tallest man (7 feet 9 inches), the oldest living thing (a 5,000 year old Bristlecone Pine in Southern California), the man struck by lightning the most times (seven!), the oldest living person (116), and the woman with the world’s longest name, among others. Drawing inspiration equally from old travelogues, the Benshi tradition, and TED talks, The Measure of All Things will be screened with in-person narration and a live soundtrack by the acclaimed chamber group yMusic. Directed by Sam Green & yMusic

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Funded by 346 Backers on 1/8/2014

Clouds

New Frontier installation

A new generation of artists and hackers are emerging, creating tools for poetic and socially engaged experiments in technology. 3D-scanned conversations with this community form a network of ideas explored through interactive visualizations. Clouds is a nonlinear documentary assembled from code. Directed by James George & Jonathan Minard

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Funded by 765 Backers on 1/8/2013

Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset

Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset

New Frontier installation

Palmer Luckey’s Oculus Rift not only promises to change gaming but also the way we experience cinematic content. Their VR Cinema app places viewers inside a stadium-seated virtual theater. Featured 3-D Festival shorts include 130919: A Portrait of Marina Abramović, and samples from 2014 Festival features The Girl from Nagasaki and Under the Electric Sky. Audiences can queue up to experience virtual reality in Chris Milk’s Sound and Vision, CCP Games’ EVE: Valkyrie, and James George and Jonathan Minard’s Clouds using prototype versions of the Oculus Rift headset in the New Frontier installation lounge.

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Funded by 9,522 Backers on 9/1/2012

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