• A coming-of-age film about two incompatible siblings and a dead goat.

    Here's a charming, Caribbean-set story about two siblings and a dead got. Director Samir Oliveros says he's channeling some of the infectious energy of '70s Jamaican cinema for his first feature. Consider supporting. -- SM

  • When odd items tied to the fate of 5 strangers appear on a sheep rancher’s land, it threatens to unravel her carefully constructed life

    You've read about novelist-turned-filmmaker Christian Lybrook at Filmmaker, when we interviewed him and Gregory Bayne about their web series, "Zero Point." Now, Lybrook is at the helm of an equally mysterious heartland drama. Watch the video and learn more. -- SM

  • A fiction feature inspired by James Dean about a teenage rebel who comes of age into a headscarf and a motorcycle.

    A Filmmaker 25 New Face, Susan Youssef is a driven, purposeful filmmaker whose work mixes personal drama with themes of identity and politics. For her second feature, dealing with a Muslim teenager in Little Rock, she's inspired by James Dean and the open road. -- SM

  • Sundance-winner (T)ERROR is the first film to place journalists on the ground during an active FBI terror sting.

    We're used to films coming on Kickstarter for post costs, but this is something different. (T)ERROR is an astonishing film, and its courageousness has made it difficult to distribute. Please contribute to help the filmmakers secure the insurance they need. -- SM

  • Watch with us. August 7 - Sept 13, 2015, in NYC.

    A great team of filmmakers is banding together to bring the banned Beijing Indie Film Festival to New York. Consider supporting both great art and freedom of expression. -- SM

  • New film about Philip Glass, Robert Wilson, Einstein on the Beach, and the connection between physics, opera, and human imagination.

    When I was a teenager living in Bethesda, MD, "Einstein on the Beach" was this thing I knew happened and that symbolized all that was magical about the New York performance world. I've been lucky to see it twice, and will be first in line for John Walters' doc. -- SM

  • A gripping, psychological drama about a female imposter who lies to gain emotional intimacy.

    Christina Choe has made some amazing short films, and with "Nancy" she has turned personal interests and obsessions into a bracing first feature with complicated and heartbreaking central protagonist. -- SM

  • The strange-but-true story of how one gay teenager's obsession with Twin Peaks took him on a wild and dangerous ride into adulthood.

    First-time doc feature director Adam Baran has assembled a great team, including "Tarnation"'s Jonathan Caouette, for this story of the effect of "Twin Peaks" on one Northwest gay teenager. -- SM

  • NYC's only resource for repertory, microcinema & gallery screenings—radically overhauled and majorly improved!

    At Filmmaker, we would go out and hit the rep circuit even more than we do if just knew more about it. Enter Screen Slate, which is fundraising here for their new, improved and massively useful v.2. -- SM

  • Our all-local, 100% indigenous New Orleans indie feature is now being completed!

    New Orleans-based director Randy Mack brings the stories of his city to life in "Laundry Day," which he describes as "'Barfly' meets 'Magnolia.'" -- SM

  • Josh Charles, Julia Stiles + Avan Jogia star in BORDER CROSSING, based on the novel by Booker-winner Pat Barker.

    After making extraordinary independent films like "Variety" and "History of Luminous Motion," downtown NYC filmmaker Bette Gordon begins a new project embracing the same risk taking attitude. She's on Kickstarter raising bridge financing to get her film to Shoot Day One. -- SM

  • "God Bless the Child" now on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/god-bless-the-child-2015/id1018990305

    Traveling cast to film festivals is always a last minute whopper of an expense. Fortunately, the stars of 25 New Face filmmakers Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck aren't prima donnas needing 1st class airfare and 4-star hotels. But they do need our help. -- SM

  • Alejandro Jodorowsky, father of the midnight movie, wants to exchange your money into Poetic Money to make his latest film.

    A new film from Alejandro Jodorowsky. 'Nuff said. -- SM

  • Join Adrian Grenier, Josh Zeman & world renowned scientists to find the elusive '52 Hertz' whale and fight Ocean Noise Pollution.

    Josh Zeman's first feature, "Cropsey" was an eerie and obsessional true crime documentary about a Staten Island serial killer. Here, he switches gears, adding Hollywood starpower (producer Adrian Grenier) and heading to the high seas in search of a beautifully lonely whale. -- SM

  • Recounting the extraordinary life of author Kurt Vonnegut, and the 25-year friendship with the filmmaker who set out to document it.

    Singly, Robert Weide and Don Argott have made excellent work, from curmudgeonly comedy to heavy metal documentary. Here, they team up for picture about a seminal American author that should introduce him to a new generation. -- SM

  • Digitally restore the rarely-seen 1994 debut feature of Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy, Meek's Cutoff), a road movie without the road.

    Kelly Reichardt is one of American independent film's most important directors, yet her first feature, "River of Grass," is unavailable to and unseen by contemporary audiences. Help our friends at O-Scope with their loving restoration. -- SM

  • We've made the movie. Now we need your help to launch it on the film festival circuit, into theaters, and onto DVD and VOD!

    After a string of impressive shorts, Nelson Kim makes his feature debut with "Someone Else," a film that promises to upend mystery/thriller conventions. It's produced by Filmmaker Contributing Editor, Brandon Harris, and set to premiere at the Miami Film Festival. -- SM

  • The Southside of Williamsburg is Los Sures. 1984 & today. Together, we share the story of one of the strongest barrios in Brooklyn.

    There are quite a few film restoration projects around these days, but this one by Union Docs brings together a film, a community and a new way of considering media. -- SM

  • Help launch award-winning short THE BRAVEST, THE BOLDEST on its 2015 overseas festival tour & prepare it for 2016 Oscar Qualification.

    One of Filmmaker's 25 New Faces, Moon Molson is the real deal. His "Pop Foul" is one of the last decade's best shorts, and now he's raising funds on Kickstarter to take his latest award-winner to audiences around the world. -- SM

  • The UmbrellaMovement inspired legendary cinematographer Christopher Doyle to make a film of Hong Kong's real voices from 3 generations

    Legendary d.p. and director Chris Doyle needs no introduction. For cineastes, being tangentially connected to one of his films is a thrill. But he's got amazing rewards here too, from a production diary to never-before-seen video content. This one's a no brainer. -- SM

  • In the Garden, humans get converted into AI constructs to survive. But Luc - a rebellious ballerina - would rather die than conform.

    Analog humans will be obsolete... that is the future world being realized with a lot of independent ingenuity by Natalia Ilyudin and her collaborators in this tale of resistance and rebellion. -- SM

  • Support Rooftop Films year-round and city-wide efforts to serve our audience, our filmmakers, and the cultural landscape of NYC.

    Our friends at Rooftop Films are here on Kickstarter with great rewards and a great mission -- to support both audiences and filmmakers with challenging programming year-round in New York. -- SM

  • Seniors at a prom night party wander into an abandoned prison at the edge of town and return changed forever.

    Here's an indie horror film that promises to be truly scary. It's got a great team, including director Karen Skloss, who has solid indie credits, and Linklater D.P. Lee Daniel, plus a genuinely eerie central location. Check it out. -- SM

  • Leo and his twin sister Tristen are up to their knees in fish guts, they are fighting to survive -- literally.

    "If Hedwig and Rocky had a love child that might best describe ALASKA IS A DRAG." Okay -- that's worthy of our interest. Shaz Bennett and Martin L. Washington, Jr. are collaborating on this film about gender, fish guts and that 50th State. -- SM

  • A short film about a young woman trying to find a way out of an abusive relationship.

    Francesca Coppola has made a powerful second short film that subtly deals with the issue of abuse within a relationship. With strong performances by Deragh Campbell, Kentucker Audley and Evan Louison -- and lovely 16mm photography -- it is worthy of your consideration. -- SM

  • Two romantic misfits embark on a five borough dining adventure and ultimately discover who they really are!

    A comedy of sorts about romantic misfits that's centered around food -- the restaurants, food courts and dining spots of the five boroughs of New York. It's Justin Ambrosino's first feature, and it's produced by Soojin Chung, who also produced "Escape from Tomorrow." -- SM

  • FLUIDIC: Love = Charge. A film about three couples who are magnetically drawn together.

    Dealing with couples and physics of attraction, "Fluidic" is an appropriately mysterious TX-based drama with a great cast, including Katherine Waterston, currently making waves in "Inherent Vice." -- SM

  • Writer Emergency Pack is a deck full of useful ideas to help get your story back on track.

    Somewhere to right of Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt's oblique "Oblique Strategies" cards are these antidotes to writers' block from John August. Contributions get you a deck of cards and as well as a pack sent to a youth writing program. -- SM

  • Set in a post-apocalyptic world and adapted from William Shakespeare’s epic tale of honor, ambition, betrayal, and the supernatural.

    Devin Haqq was an early attendee of the IFP Narrative Lab with his impressive debut feature, "The Assassin." Now he's back with an ambitious follow-up titled, appropriately, "Ambition's Debt." Read on to learn more, and consider backing. -- SM

  • A portrait of Antigua, Guatemala and the children from faraway villages who work in the city's central park to make ends meet.

    Check out this filmmaker's essay on our website. If this film is as nuanced and sensitive a portrait of Antigua youth as that essay is empathetic and smart, it will be a good doc. Consider donating. -- SM

  • We Tell Ourselves Stories In Order to Live, the first and only documentary about Joan Didion. Made with Joan, using Joan's words.

    In just a few days, this documentary has nearly doubled its funding goal. But, hey, if potato salad can hit nearly six figures, a doc on this great writer and essayist should hit seven. Plus, the filmmakers are offering great rewards. -- SM

  • A SXSW autobiographical documentary about how a 16 year old evolves into a bank robber. Bring it to a theater near you!

    Darius Clark Monroe was one of Filmmaker's 25 New Faces on the basis of this powerful, first-person documentary about bank robbery, personal change and, in a way, filmmaking. Monroe now needs your help to get his documentary out into the world. -- SM

  • Based on a poem, the film follows exchanges between a gay black man named Ronaldo and a recently deceased neighborhood cat named Ally.

    Iyabo Boyd attended a poetry reading at the New Museum by chance, where she met and was moved by Ronaldo Wilson and his sublime poetry. From that, this veteran of N.Y.'s independent film scene has crafted what sounds like a beautiful short film. -- SM

  • A filmmaker retraces a family history that includes crashed planes and lost thermonuclear bombs.

    Matt McCormick's "Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal" is a bona fide short-doc classic. and now Matt is making a fascinating feature-length work that ties together personal with American history. -- SM

  • PUTNEY is a horror film about four women who go to an abandoned hotel and get bad advice from a haunted TED Talk.

    A horror film about a haunted TED talk? We are there. TED is scary in so many ways, so director Stewart Thorndike, whose previous female-driven horror film can be found free online, has a lot to work with. -- SM

  • Before Viagra there were goat testicle transplants, men w/ dreams & one unlikely hero. The stranger-than-fiction tale of John Brinkley!

    You'd expect that a project about goat testicle transplantation would have creative rewards, and that's the case here. Get your animated GIFs and more from Penny Lane, a Filmmaker 25 New Face whose previous film, "Our Nixon," is a real favorite. -- SM

  • In NYC, 2 days before the U.N. Climate Summit, a giant ice sculpture of the words THE FUTURE will melt away in lower Manhattan.

    Monuments denote permanence. But not the monuments of Reese and Ligorano, who create public art projects made of ice. Their monuments, staged in front of key gatherings, melt in front of the public's eyes, drawing attention to issues like, in this case, climate change. -- SM

  • Come follow Lilly down a path seeded with the flowers of doom in this stop motion moving picture!

    Here's something you don't see often -- a dark, original, totally independent stop-motion animation. And it looks pretty cool! With big-budget stop-motion like "The Box Trolls" coming out this Fall, take a moment to support an independent creator doing it all on his own. -- SM

  • --In the film "How to Disappear," Elliot must follow two simple rules: Obey the ruthless Time Keeper and DO NOT mess with the Universe!

    Here's an intriguing, New Orleans-set, highly ambitious short that seems to mix elements of fantasy and reality. "Do not mess with the Universe!" Good advice, so maybe take it by supporting this project. -- SM

  • I have an awesome batch of new songs that I think you're going to love! And, it's about time I make a FULL length record!!!

    Natalie Gelman plays Sundance most every year, usually playing that spot half way up Main Street. If you've caught her there you know she's good. So, consider supporting her new album here on Kickstarter. -- SM

  • Happy Birthday, Marsha! is the story of two best friends, Marsha P. Johnson & Sylvia Rivera, in the hours before the Stonewall riots.

    A story of friendship that also happens to be one of history as it tells the story of two transgender rights activists in the hours before 1969's Stonewall Riots. -- SM

  • An atmospheric feature about wilderness, ecology, and extraterrestrial visitation.

    An enthusiastic recommendation for this new feature about extraterrestial visitation featuring a number of Filmmaker 25 New Faces as well as assorted worthy folks. -- SM

  • 'Americana' is an independent take on the San Francisco thrillers of the 1970's. It is the third feature film from Flies Collective.

    Here's a new project from the Flies Collective, the group behind "Hide Your Smiling Faces." Shot in San Francisco, it references some of my favorite films, the paranoid thrillers of the 1970s. -- SM

  • In the frozen woods of an isolated Maine logging town, one woman’s tragic mistake shatters the balance of the community.

    Lance Edward's sober tale of regret in a snowy Maine small town features piercing cinematography by Jody Lee Lipes and a killer performance by Louise Krause. They're Kickstarting to help their theatrical release, and they have some great new rewards. -- SM

  • I'm making potato salad.

    This guy is the Duchamp of the crowdfunding world. Conceptual crowdfunding art or dispiriting prank? You decide. -- SM

  • The inspirational true story of Moondog, the legendary musician and New York icon whose life was an unexpected, outrageous adventure.

    Serious composer, poet and one of New York's most iconic street figures, Moondog was a 20th century original. Holly Elson has corralled for her film impressive appreciators like John Zorn, Jarvis Cocker and Philip Glass, to name a few. Don't know Moodog? Learn and donate. -- SM

  • A documentary exploring how Punk took hold in Washington D.C., from 1976 through the harDCore explosion of the early 1980s.

    "Punk the Capital" explores the DC punk/new music scene of the late '70s - early '80s, expanding its lens beyond Dischord and straight edge to include the Slickee Boys, Bad Brains Urban Verbs and other important groups of the time. Yes, I'm from D.C., so I want to see this. -- SM

  • An animated short film about a man's collapsing sanity, featuring the voices of Paul Giamatti, Jason Mantzoukas, and Kate McKinnon.

    An animated Paul Giamatti stars as a curator at a suddenly privatized natural history museum in graphic novelist Paul Hornschemeier's "Giant Sloth." He calls this long-form film "an animated crisis" and has both great rewards and a fine track record. -- SM

  • A week in the lives of three high school classmates from divergent social circles who form a bond after an unanticipated incident.

    "Short films matter, teenage girls matter, and you matter" -- that's Jennifer Reeder's pitch in this KS video for her latest short narrative. Her previous film, "A Million Miles Away," impressed our critic at Oberhausen. Help Reeder make her follow-up. -- SM

  • Teen Stories for Reel: Reel Works in Brooklyn, NY producing debut FEATURE FILM this summer.

    Reel Works is a great non-profit that teaches filmmaking to New York area teens, encouraging them to use cinema to tell their stories. Now they are moving beyond the short format to create an original feature comedy based on their lives. Support this worthy project. -- SM

  • Phoebe empowers women by objectifying men.

    Dardennes Bros. references are a dime-a-dozen these days. But Dardennes Bros + Beavis and Butthead? That's fresh. Here's a female empowering movie about a woman who you'd read bad things about on the internet. I'm intrigued. -- SM

  • DOG BOWL is the story of a woman who steals a vest off a service dog, only to find herself facing the secret of her very existence.

    We missed this project its first time on Kickstarter, but now it's shot, and back for post funds. Gordy Hoffman's script for "Love Liza" was fantastic and this off-kilter dark comedy sounds similarly inspired. -- SM

  • A crowdsourced feature film that will revolutionize ideas of what a bicycle can do and how a documentary is made. STRETCH GOALS added!

    This looks really interesting: a crowdsourced doc about the cargo bike movement that allows the movement's ethos to guide the actual production of the film. The director, Liz Canning, is a filmmaker, curator and editor, and she's already lined up illustrious support. -- SM

  • Out of My Hand follows a Liberian rubber plantation worker who risks everything for a new life as a cab driver in New York.

    Shooting in New York and Liberia, "Out of My Hand" is only the second foreign production to ever lens in that African country. Two thirds of the movie is already shot with the deep involvement of the LIberian film community. Now, they're in the States, finishing the film. -- SM

  • A black as tar comedy following a commune of recovering drug addicts in 1990 suburban New York.

    A "black as tar" comedy about a home for drug addicts in 1990, shot on Betacam? And for $250 its producer will housesit your cat? How can you refuse? Nathan Silver has now made four features w/o too much help from the indie industry gods. That's where you come in. -- SM

  • The new feature from award-winning Borderline Films, starring Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, and Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi

    Borderline Films, which has produced films like "Martha Marcy May Marleen" and "Simon Killer," is a collective of directors as well as producers. With "James White," producer Josh Mond steps into the directing chair for his first feature. Consider helping him finish. -- SM

  • Help us finish our documentary about Cuba's drag-racing community and their quest to hold the first official race since the Revolution.

    Selected years ago for our 25 New Faces list, Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt is in the midst of a campaign for a fascinating doc on a subject that's entirely fresh: underground Cuban drag racing. Help him finish his picture. -- SM

  • ...a road trip through the stunning and complex landscape of troubled young love. Feature film opening at IFC Center in NY on May 29th 2015

    Leah Meyerhoff's debut feature, "I Believe in Unicorns," is a veteran of the IFP Narrative Labs, and, even rough cut, it was something special, with wonderful performances and an imaginative, playful sensibility. Now it's finished and at SXSW. Help it out. -- SM

  • An allegorical retelling of Jamaica's 1980 election set two years later in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

    Here's a unique and ambitious project -- a 15-minute short that is both a coming-of-age tale in Brooklyn as well as an allegorical retelling of the 1980 Jamaican election. Click to learn more about this project from young, NYC-based producers and director. -- SM

  • Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones) stars in this dark road comedy about a guy who wants to be in a light road comedy.

    At Filmmaker, we love road movies. It's a genre we never tire of, and here's one that looks especially interesting -- a dark comedy about a trip visiting America's largest roadside attractions. Plus, it's SXSW-bound and from the dependable Uncorked Productions. -- SM

  • When one of the most prolific art forgers in US history is finally exposed, he must confront the legacy of his 30-year con.

    The story of unlikely art forger Mark Landis was told in a recent "New Yorker," but filmmakers Sam Cullman and Jen Grausman got the real scoop by following the reclusive Landis around, getting remarkable access to their subject. This is definitely one to look out for. -- ND

  • Mothers Milk is a comedy feature about a bike messenger who starts a business marketing his girlfriend's breastmilk to gourmet foodies.

    Benjamin Morgan co-programs the East Oregon Film Fest and is also a filmmaker making his 2nd feature, a comedy called "Mother's Milk" about locavore ingenuity. One of his favorite films is "Blazing Saddles," and he's new to this Kickstarter thing. Help him out. -- SM

  • A modern mystery about love and intimacy in the digital age, starring John Gallagher Jr. and Kate Lyn Sheil, and premiering at SXSW

    A film in production is never a sure thing, but we feel good about this one, written and directed by Filmmaker contributor Zach Wigon. We've read the script, seen the short it's based on, and are fascinated with its timely take on love and obsession in the digital age. -- SM

  • CineKink is an annual film festival and national screening tour that celebrates and explores the wide diversity of sexuality!

    A truly alternative film festival, for years Cinekink has adventurously programmed and toured a wide diversity of movies exploring a wide diversity of sexualities. They are great with community too, and now they are looking to you to help fund their '14 operations. -- SM

  • Time swims: modern country-clubbers celebrate an annual Pow Wow party while a 1908 mounted posse chases Willie Boy across the desert.

    Rob Devor has made elegant and original indie features like "The Woman Chaser" and "Police Beat." He's especially attuned to the submerged currents of American history, which he's exploring in this documentary, "Pow Wow." Check it out and consider supporting. -- SM

  • TEARS OF GOD is an atmospheric feature-length fable about possession, death, and mourning in a rural community.

    The excellent Kate Lyn Sheil playing the lead in a horror film is certainly an enticing prospect, and "Tears of God" also has a strong supporting cast that includes Frank Mosley and Barlow Jacobs. The film is the feature debut of promising shorts director Robbie Barnett. -- ND

  • We met our goal, but we set it intentionally low. Please help us get closer to our stretch goal of $25,000

    "Happy Baby" gets a two-fer from Filmmaker. We recommended it during production and now, in post, it needs a bit more. It's directed by Stephen Elliott and based on his excellent autobiographical novel. Check out the video and consider chipping in. -- SM

  • MA is the story of a virgin mother on a pilgrimage to Las Vegas to give birth to our savior.

    Sometimes just images -- and well-chosen use of "Be My Baby" -- say enough, as in this great KS video by Celia Rowlson-Hall, who is raising funds for her first feature. Appropriately, that's a modern-day silent film. Check out this choreographer/filmmaker's work here. -- SM

  • A live documentary loosely inspired by the Guinness Book of Records. Help us get to our world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival!

    Over the last few years Sam Green has been creating what he calls "live documentaries" -- doc films that he presents in person, in theaters, with his own narration and fantastic live musical accompaniment. His latest project is headed to Sundance and needs help to finish. - SM

  • A real movie starring real lady Jenny Slate!

    In the world of Kickstarter gambles, this one is a really safe bet. Everyone involved - from director Gillian Robespierre, star Jenny Slate and producer Elisabeth Holm - is super talented. The short the feature is based on is great. And it's in Sundance! Help them finish! -- SM

  • A poetic visual journey through the island of Cyprus, this film is a personal exploration of displacement and search for belonging

    Here's a big recommendation. If you have followed Iva Radivojevic's fantastic "Iva Asks" online series, or read our profile of her in our "25 New Faces," then you know she is doing amazing work. Her first feature, exec produced by Laura Poitras, is in post. Help her finish! - SM

  • When artists meet audiences in person, it's magic. Help us bring more filmmakers – and more magic – to Atlanta in 2014.

    What are film festivals without filmmakers? You can see a film any day of the week, but it's not often that you can speak with its maker. To ensure its audiences get the full filmmaker experience, the Atlanta Film Festival is crowdfunding an increased travel budget. -- SM

  • Three short films. Three filmmakers. One city. Join our community to help us launch the next stage of collective filmmaking.

    Three filmmakers band together for this collaborative project, which finds each of them making a short film using a repertory crew assembled for the project. The shorts sound cool, and Speruzzi on his blog has fascinatingly detailed the influences that went into his. -- SM

  • Two closeted Muslim teens have their Friday afternoon ruined by FBI surveillance. Support this story of secrecy, trust, and l-o-v-e.

    Jay Dockendorf's microbudget debut feature about two closeted Muslim teens in Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighborhood looks very promising. The film is currently in post, with veteran editor Andy Hafitz, who's cut for Larry Clark and Whit Stillman, seeing it to completion. -- ND

  • Pioneering NYC 'No Wave' filmmaker Beth B seeks support for her internationally acclaimed documentary, EXPOSED.

    No wave pioneer Beth B returns to the screen with "Exposed," a doc on New York's new burlesque scene that has scored with audiences at Berlin and DOC NYC. Help B reach even wider audiences by supporting its final post-production. -- SM

  • The definitive, behind-the-scenes account of the rise of the Deep Web; one of the most riveting and important stories of the decade.

    "Downloaded" director -- and "Bill and Ted" star -- Alex Winter returns to the internet as subject matter for his latest doc. "Deep Web" is nothing if not timely as Bitcoin speculation explodes and a Silk Road founder is jailed. -- SM

  • The thrilling conclusion to a story it took 20 years to tell—HENRY FOOL, FAY GRIM, and now, shooting in spring 2014...

    Two decades, three films, one world -- with "Ned Rifle" Hal Hartley returns to characters found in "Henry Fool" and "Fay Grim" with a film he suspects will be a hit. He's set an ambitious goal, because that's how films like his are made these days. Please support. -- SM

  • In a post-college rut, a Los Angeles valet driver unravels.

    There's something compelling about good taste. As evidenced by her Tumblr, Four Eyes, Heidi Saman has that. It's one of the best curated and most enjoyable film tumblrs around. Now, she's making her debut film, an L.A.-set Arab-American drama that follows acclaimed shorts. -- SM

  • Two comedians. One Apocalypse. Currently in post production. Pre-orders available!

    In the spirit of the old Bing Crosby/Bob Hope "Road to" comedies, this picture finds two comedians trying to survive in the post-apocalypse. "The Road to... 'The Road,'" they describe this, which is pretty funny. FM writer Lauren Wissot is a big fan of these filmmakers. -- SM

  • We're taking this outrageous and heartfelt comedy about love and revenge in Austin, Texas on a road show and we need your help!

    Austin director and SXSW favorite Bryan Poyser is taking his latest feature, "The Bounceback," on the road and is looking to Kickstarter to put a little gas in his tank. The roadshows promise air sex and he's asking for a suggestive $69K. How could you say no? -- ND

  • Three gay seniors navigate the adventures, challenges and surprises of life and love in their golden years.

    PJ Raval, one of Filmmaker's "25 New Faces," made this incisive and warm-hearted doc about gay seniors. It premiered to great response at SXSW, and now he's in the midst of a campaign to fund its distribution. Help bring this relevant picture to your hometown. -- SM

  • A Sammy Davis, Jr. impersonator, hired to visit with a loyal Rat Pack fan, finds himself delivering last rites at the man's bedside.

    This new short from former "25 New Face" Todd Rohal has some excellent talent attached and should be the kind of weird fun the director is known for. The project was fully funded in less than a day, but you can still chip in and have Rohal do odd jobs for you. -- ND

  • A rare comedic documentary turns into a 27-year epic about a man so busy chasing his dreams, he risks missing what success truly means.

    A few years ago director Paul Devlin exhaustively detailed the DIY distro of his great doc, "Blast!", in the pages of Filmmaker. Now, he's at work finishing "The Front Man," a doc that examines the collision of artistic dreams and everyday life. Help him through post. -- SM

  • A promising writer, Francesca was at the forefront of NYC's "street art" movement -- until she was found mysteriously murdered at 35.

    Here's an intriguing project I wasn't familiar with, a doc on Italian critic Francesca Alinovi who wrote about the genre-busting '80s New York art scene, where graffiti, hip hop and fine art co-mingled. A victim of murder, her writings prefigured today's internet culture -- SM

  • The film is a feature documentary on African American ballet dancer Misty Copeland.

    Nelson George is a proven documentary filmmaker with a great eye for culture. Here, he turns his eye to dance -- specifically to the story of Misty Copeland, dancer with the American Ballet Theater and the first black woman to play the title of the Firebird. -- SM

  • Get inspired by the world's most creative designers in this book of unreleased interviews from the Design Film Trilogy sessions.

    If you've read our pages you'll know we are big fans of Gary Hustwit's "design trilogy" -- and not just the films, but his distribution strategy. Here, he extends the content universe of his films further with a book containing all of the film's great interview transcripts. -- SM

  • In a rural, American town, kids face heartbreaking choices, find comfort in family bonds and dream of a future of possibility.

    2013 "25 new Face" Andrew Droz Palermo, a highly talented d.p., has teamed up with his Emmy-winning cousin, Tracy Droz Tragos, to direct this intimate documentary about a depressed town in Missouri: Rich Hill. The film is likely to be one of the doc hits of 2013. -- ND

  • Cucalorus brings people together to celebrate, discover and create independent film.

    One of the smaller but more beloved film festivals in the US is looking to raise funds to help maintain its practice of bringing out as many filmmakers as possible to its vibrant annual event in Wilmington, North Carolina. Help out if you can. -- ND

  • Just The Three Of Us is a short fiction film about an interracial couple in their 70s looking to spice up their marriage.

    Angela Tucker, director of the doc "(A)Sexual" and web series "Black Folks Don't," is working on her first fiction feature, "Just the Three of Us" -- about a 70something couple seeking a threesome -- but is first doing this short from it. I'm looking forward to this a lot. -- ND

  • The Cross is a tragic love story based on folklore that is concerned with the manifestations of oppression.

    Here's an ambitious short film, a drama set in 1529 with a visual style influenced by one of my favorite movies of all time, Jean Vigo's "L'Atalante." Read more and consider helping out this group of young U.K. filmmakers. -- SM

  • Jay Duplass & Linas Phillips in a film about brothers: one who's devoted to his family, the other who's obsessed with The Manson Family

    Any project with Jay Duplass and Linas Phillips playing stepbrothers has my vote. The fact that it's an off-kilter comedy about a Charles Manson obsessive (Phillips) just seals the deal. The feature the debut from Duplass acolyte J. Davis is certainly one to look out for. -- ND

  • She left behind an archive of her life, as messy and incomprehensible as the events that inspired it.

    "While You Were Here" started as film genealogy - the filmmaker would explore through film the extensive archives of her German grandmother. Now, through additional research, it's become much more. Watch the video and consider supporting this Chicago filmmaker and archivist. - SM

  • BLACK IS BLUE-- A Black Transman security guard struggles with his identity after meeting an ex-lover from his past.

    Spike Lee is getting a lot of attention for his Kickstarter, but another African-American filmmaker has been making films about race, class and sexuality just as long. Check out pioneering director Cheryl Dunye's latest, "Black is Blue," now in post, and consider helping. -- SM

  • A documentary searching for Alice Guy-Blaché, who at 23 was the first female director, became a powerful figure in film, then vanished.

    Do you know Alice Guy-Blache? Acknowledged to be the first female director, Alice Guy-Blache also was a pioneer in narrative cinema itself. In their doc, Pamela Green and Jarik van Slujis portray Guy-Blache, reconstruct film history and search for the remants of her movies. -- SM

  • A Japanese author & small town sheriff team up to solve a murder mystery in San Francisco. Watch the video for new footage!

    "White on Rice" and "Surrogate Valentine" are Dave Boyle's striking, warm-hearted, character-based indie dramas. Now, he's broadening his scope, tackling a murder mystery with an impressive international cast. Check out the footage here and consider supporting him in post. -- SM

  • The second feature-length comedy by Sundance alum Adam Bowers. A smart, (painfully) real comedy/romance.

    In 2010 we selected Adam Bowers for our 25 New Faces on the basis of his honest and edgy comedy, "New Low." Now he's overdue for a second feature. Help him raise 20 times the budget of "New Low" -- which is still only 40K. You won't be sorry. SM

  • Human beings who are addicted to Blood. Funny, Sexy and Bloody. A new kind of love story (and not a remake of "Blacula").

    "With the current climate in The Hollywood Studio System it's not an encouraging look for Independent Filmmakers. I'm not hating, just stating the facts." That's Spike Lee in this Kickstarter appeal for his newest joint, which he says will be "funny, sexy and bloody." -- SM

  • A sensual thriller inspired by East of Eden and starring love, death, guns, goats and a farm in the wilds of Kentucky.

    Josephine Decker, one of 2013 "25 New Faces," is following up her wonderfully weird psychological drama "Butter on the Latch" with this dark, sexual comedy drama, "Thou Wast Mild and Lovely." Decker is a strikingly original talent, and I'm excited to see this project evolve. --ND

  • To make government accountable, people have to know the facts. But prying secrets out of Washington is hard. FOIA Machine can help.

    The NSA has giant machines that spy on us. And what do we have? Among other things, the Freedom of Information Act. But, it's difficult to deploy. Here's a 21st century solution to FOIA inefficiencies that is worthy of your support. -- SM

  • Jon Reiss' global graffiti documentary follow-up takes audiences to previously unexplored areas of the Middle East, Europe, Asia & more

    Jon Reiss has been a frequent contributor to Filmmaker. His articles on distributing his feature "Bomb It" articulated a new distro model used now by many others. With "Bomb It 2," a further look at graffiti culture, Reiss is DIY'ing it again and needs your help. -- SM

  • Thanks to your participation, this campaign is a success! You can still help get the film out. Please join us: www.citizenkoch.com

    With "Trouble the Water," Carl Deal and Tia Lessin made one of the best recent docs. Now, they've trained their eyes and empathies on the role of money in politics with "Citizen Koch." Having lost ITVS funding, they've turned to Kickstarter to enable its distribution. -- SM

  • A Slamdance screenplay award winning short about two teenage boys breaking curfew the night before one of them deploys to Afghanistan.

    Brooklyn-based writer/director Katrina Albright is is heading back to her hometown of Peachtree City, Georgia, to make this short film. It will be shot by Jon Silva of Ornana, selected for our "25 New Faces" last year, who's also from Peachtree and has a terrific eye. -- ND

  • Directors Salomon Ligthelm & Dan DiFelice join past collaborators for 'Anomaly' - a period drama exploring love, creation & the cosmos.

    There's always a place in the world for inventive, character-driven, visually striking sci-fi, and so Brooklyn-based Salomon Ligthelm and Dan DiFeloce's "A N O M A L Y" is a project that likely has a very rosy future. -- N.D.

  • A new film from the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning creators of Blood Brother.

    The team behind the excellent Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning "Blood Brother" are back with another compassionate and engaged documentary that boasts an incredible subject: Gennadiy Mokhnenko, who confronts apathy while forcibly detoxing street kids in the Ukraine. -- SM

  • 1909 period film about Cryptozoology. The search for mythological creatures. By VFX veterans Miguel Ortega & Tran Ma

    The concept art for this steampunk-flavored, 1909-set film pilot about cryptozoology is stunning, and there are some great indie folks behind this project. Plus, here's a project with a t-shirt reward I'd actually want to wear. -- SM

  • The near future. For women, life is a struggle like never before. A single mother makes a fateful decision to secure her daughter's future.

    Jennifer Phang was selected as one of our "25 New Faces" in 2008 for her visually striking sci-fi "Half Life." Right now she's on the festival circuit with the award-winning short "Advantageous," and she needs your help to turn this tale of a dystopian future into a feature. --ND

  • Love Story. Skye is Scottish and Oliver is English, they are both UK Ex Pats in Los Angeles. They are enemies yet the same.

    A few years ago Scottish actress and director made a splash with the indie pic "Good Dick." She's working on her follow-up, "I'm the Same," but a a funding crisis has hit. The shoot is imminent, but not if you guys don't help. She's only going for 18K, so check the pic out. - SM

  • A lyrical essay film contemplating butch lesbian desire, Junipero Serra and the Spanish colonization of California, Hitchcock's Vertigo and so much more.

    "The Royal Road" is a new feature by Jenni Olson, a key figure in today's LGBT cinema scene. Olson's previous feature was the award-winning "Joy of Life," and with the 16mm-shot "Royal Road" she explores the California landscape, the Mexican American War, Casanova and more. -- SM

  • A comedy web show about two sexually progressive NY gals who ditch their down-and-out lives for LA in search of a spiritual awakening.

    "Fish tacos, fake tans and Scientology." NY'ers Natalia Leite & Alexandra Roxo go to L.A. in their new comedy web series, "Be Here Now-ish," co-starring director Ry Russo-Young, Vice columnist Karley Sciortino + Comedy Central's Adam Carpenter. Filming is done, help w/ post! - SM

  • A lyrical and highly intimate portrait of the unique life of the seafaring Moken people of Myanmar and Thailand

    This experimental ethnographic doc from director Olivia Owens Wyatt sounds fascinating, and already has on board the formidable producing team of Kim Sherman (a 25 New Face from last year), Liz Holm and Will Oldham. Anything those folks are down with has my full attention. -- ND

  • A documentary for the French series "Cinéma, de notre temps" ("Cinema of Our Times")

    Gabe Klinger's documentary on the unlikely friendship between two (very different) directing greats, Richard Linklater and James Benning, is a mouthwatering prospect. (Watch the two play baseball and shoot hoops!) I look forward to seeing this soon on the fest circuit. -- ND

  • We're re-launching the multiplayer game SiSSYFiGHT 2000 as a free, open source project.

    Three developers, including NYU Game Center prof Eric Zimmerman, are recoding the classic multiplayer browser-based game "Sissyfight 2000" for today's devices. And, with your help, they'll make it available for free. -- SM

  • This Summer, we plan to take teen filmmakers from Brooklyn on tour to share their stories and empower youth to inspire positive action.

    Reel Works is an amazing organization that leverages the power of film to help city youth tell their stories. It has a great track record of producing strong work, and it revitalizes the independent film community in the process. And now, Reel Works is going on tour. -- SM

  • LEE

    Some projects just put out a vibe that they are going to be good. I'm picking that up about "Lee," Chloe Zhao's debut. It's got great backers and a stellar team of collaborators. People seem psyched about Zhao and this tale of three Lakota teens. Check it out. -- SM

  • a horror/comedy/animation musical feature film!

    Animator Nancy Andrews mashes '30s Hollywood with '60s B-movies in this strangely compelling project for which she's corralled some great collaborators, including Jennifer Reeder and Jennifer Prediger. -- SM

  • Adopted, raised on different continents & connected through social media, Samantha & Anaïs believe they are twins separated at birth.

    Are these 2 women biological twins separated at birth? After encountering each other through social media, they believe that may be true. They certainly look astonishingly alike. One of the women, Samatha Futerman, is documenting their process of investigation and discovery. SM

  • July 1969. It’s the night of the moon landing. And a ragtag group of Zambian exiles are trying to beat America to the moon.

    Frances Bodomo took her excellent short "Boneshaker" (starring Best Actress Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis) to Sundance and SXSW this year, and is now preparing her follow-up, "Afronauts," about Zambia's attempt to put the first man on the moon. I predict great things. -- ND

  • An anti-childhood obesity crusader and a trust fund manchild vie for the heart of a reclusive factory farming activist.

    "The Dish and the Spoon" writer/director Alison Bagnall is back with a fun sounding comedy which is to reunite "Sun Don't Shine" leads Kentucker Audley and Kate Lyn Sheil -- who will presumably be turning their frowns upside down for this one. -- ND

  • Meet Jacques Bolsey - the man behind a generation's worth of moving images.

    While going through family archives, young filmmaker Alyssa Bolsey realized that her great grandfather invented the revolutionary Bolex camera. She's making a character-based doc about her relative that also discusses the camera's impact and the new Digital Bolex. -- SM

  • A photography and creative advice book from fifty of the world's best documentary filmmakers.

    Jessica Edwards, a fixture of the NYC indie scene for some time, has assembled this cool project, a beautifully designed book of creative advice from the world's foremost documentary filmmakers. I'm really looking forward to seeing the finished product. -- ND

  • Two decades of visual images in a large format art book: drawings, behind-the-scenes photos, video stills and masks by Dan Ouellette.

    Dan Ouellette began his career as a production designer for Hal Hartley, but soon became well known in the science fiction and visual art worlds for his beautifully crafted, elegantly horrific alien portraits. With your help here, he's also making a beautiful art book. -- SM

  • The second feature film by Lanre Olabisi (dir. of August the First), based on improvs with the New York Independent Film Collective.

    We liked very much Lanre Olabisi's first feature, "August the 1st," which was nominated for our "Best Film Not Playing..." Gotham award years ago. We're now glad to see he's moving forward on a new film using collective, improvised approach. Learn more in the video. -- SM

  • A fashion photographer gets more than he bargained for when a roll of film in a used camera contains sinister imagery.

    I'm a big fan of Frankie Latina, who I selected for Filmmaker's "25 New Faces" series a few years ago. Latina's films play like great, art-damaged B-movies from some superior alternate universe. He's in post on his latest, and I highly recommend you go along for the ride. -- SM

  • Pug, a young boy growing up in West Baltimore, finds solace in a gang of illegal dirt bike riders known as The 12 O’Clock Boys

    This doc is one of the films I'm most interested in that's premiering at SXSW this year, a fascinating, raw look at a dirt bike gang in West Baltimore. The filmmakers currently need funds for completion and the cost of going on the festival circuit. -- ND

  • A hapless cult leader losing control of his flock fakes a prophecy instructing them to make a movie in hopes of bringing them together.

    There are a lot of potent metaphors in this feature about a cult leader instructing his followers to make an independent film. Shot in an old church in Bushwick, converted by the director into an art space, the film is in post and seeing money to finish. -- SM

  • A young mother's fragile psyche is put to the test while trying to engage with her distant son.

    Matthew Reilly's previous short, "Abigail," is very good, and it won 2nd Prize at Cannes' Cinefondation last yr. Now, Reilly, who dubs his filmmaking practice as "impulsive," is completing a new short, and he needs your help to finish the film and pay off his credit cards! -- SM

  • BIG GAY LOVE, the movie that celebrates loving yourself through your imperfections needs your support to finish our film…

    "Gayby" writer/director Jonathan Lisecki plays the lead opposite "Buffy" actor Nicholas Brendon in "Big Gay Love," the second film from Ringo Le, which looks like it will be a lot of fun. The movie is currently in post and needs funding for completion and its festival run. -- ND

  • An award-winning documentary about the famed magician, escape artist, and skeptic James "The Amazing". The film also features Penn & Teller, Adam Savage, Bill Nye, and more!

    Professional skeptic, debunker and critical thinker, James Randi has had a long career in which he's attracted the praise of those who should be theoretically pitted against him: magicians con men and bunko artists. Learn why that's the case by supporting this new doc. -- SM

  • We're upgrading! We need to add digital projection and a new HVAC system—to keep it cool and to bring you the best films around!

    The great indie theater, the Brattle, where you can see many of the films we write about in Filmmaker, is kickstarting their community to add digital projection and and HVAC system. Help them modernize and stay in the business of excellent cinema. -- SM

  • What does it mean to risk your life for your ideals? How far will five revolutionaries go to fight for the future of their country?

    "The Square," Jehane Noujaim's gripping, cinematic and informative account on the Eqyptian revolution, was one of the best films I saw at Sundance. But its story is continuing, and Noujaim is fundraising to make the film as up to date as possible. Highest recommendation. -- SM

  • It's an animated cop, mafia, horror movie set in the 1960s in Coney Island, with political overtones both realistic and outrageous.

    Legendary animator, countercultural icon and perptual renegade voice Ralph Bakshi has landed at Kickstarter with his latest project, "The Last Days of Coney Island." -- SM

  • A documentary about Susan Oliver: prolific actress, original member of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women, record-setting aviator.

    If you grew up during the original Star Trek series -- or in the decades of reruns later -- you'll remember the green woman, seducer of Capt. James Kirk. But you probably don't much about her. Her story is surprising, and George Pappy is seeking help to tell you about it. -- SM

  • Documentary about independent film consultant, Bob Hawk. CURRENTLY IN PRODUCTION

    A fixture of the New York independent film scene for decades, consultant Bob Hawk is an unsung hero who has championed numerous great indie movies, from "The Times of Harvey Milk" through to "Interior. Leather Bar." This new documentary details his considerable legacy. -- ND

  • A new documentary featuring the Super 8 home movies of Nixon's closest aides is about to premiere at SXSW – and beyond!

    We selected Brian L. Frye and Penny Lane for our "25 New Faces" last year on the strength of their excellent debut feature, the archival doc "Our Nixon." The film just played Rotterdam, is heading to SXSW next, and Brian and Penny need your help to continue their fest run. -- ND

  • A love triangle between a repo man, his globetrotting girlfriend, and Marijuana.

    "Newlyweeds" is Shaka King's cautionary stoner comedy/drama, and it's heading to Sundance. But this first-time feature is facing the usual headwinds -- i.e., money to get the thing ready to screen! Consider contributing so that Park City curtain can rise. -- SM

  • A feature documentary that follows the trials and triumphs of several world-class magicians.

    The directors of "Where the Magic Happens" have 200 hours of footage following professional magicians -- including illusionist Lance Burton, cardman Jon Armstrong, mentalist Max Maven -- on stage at L.A.'s Magic Castle and then offstage into their lives. Great rewards too. - SM

  • Explores the life and music of James Booker, "the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced".

    Music, politics and social justice combine in this tale of "the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced." The filmmaker has worked in political journalism and has amazing interviews already completed. KS funds needed for music licenses. -- SM

  • A dizzying journey into the mind, body and soul of the teen movie.

    Forget John Hughes. "Beyond 'Clueless'" is a film essay about teen movies between "Clueless" and "Mean Girls." Check out this sharp Kickstarter video by a U.K. based film writer and, if you're still flashing back to Ally Sheedy in "The Breakfast Club," realize you are old. -- SM

  • Cocteau Twins, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and My Bloody Valentine, their unique sounds inspired generations of bands.

    With My Bloody Valentine set to release their 1st album in two decades, Eric Green's doc on MBV, Cocteau Twins, Jesus and Mary Chain and other bands of the '80s seems particularly well timed. And he's got the interviews -- including Kevin Shields -- to make this great. -- SM

  • For 16 years Rooftop Films has screened thousands of new indie films in cool outdoor spaces but we can't continue without your support.

    Summer in New York City conjures many memories, but increasingly those include evenings watching movies under the night sky at Rooftop Films. Help them realize their Summer 2013 seasion at a new venue and get admission to the whole season in the process. -- SM

  • A documentary film about the tragedy of Alzheimer's disease, the power of art and the meaning of family.

    A filmmaker documents his mother as she faces early-onset Alzheimer's disease. I had the opportunity to see some of this footage and found it enormously powerful. And the subject is vital. This Kickstarter will go towards the final stages of post-production. -- SM

  • Restoration of the 1st feature documentary made about (and with) William S. Burroughs unavailable for decades.

    Howard Brookner was a star of the N.Y. independent scene in the '80s before his life was cut short by AIDS. Here, his nephew Aaron is overseeing the restoration of his seminal documentary on William Burroughs. Help restore this important film and Brookner's legacy. -- SM

  • Support America's OLDEST Continuously Running Theater - Second Oldest In The World - San Francisco’s ROXIE THEATER

    The Roxie has been a San Francisco exhibition institution, and like a lot of independent arthouses has been facing challenges. They're meeting those challenges with creativity, smarts and, with this Kickstarter, you. Read more and support. -- SM

  • Everything you always wanted to know about the Federal Reserve but were afraid to ask.

    "Money for Nothing" is a "critical but balanced" look at the Federal Reserve, the feature debut of doc editor Jim Bruce. He says financing so far has come from his shorting the markets pre-crash. Liev Schreiber narrates, and some good economists are featured. -- SM

  • From Outlaw Productions (SEX LIES AND VIDEOTAPE, TRAINING DAY), a film about blossoming friendship and twenty-something sexuality

    Emerging writer/director Brett Allen Smith is looking for the last bit of funding to launch "Never" -- his Seattle-set debut feature, starring Zachary Booth from Ira Sachs' "Keep the Lights On" -- on the festival circuit this winter. -- ND

  • The first feature film from The Rumpus, directed by Stephen Elliott, based on the novel Happy Baby.

    Stephen Elliott -- author, filmmaker, and founder of the culture website The Rumpus -- is embarking on his second feature, an adaption of his excellent 2004 autobiographical novel "Happy Baby." Bonuses include hugs, kisses, and a short based on one of its best chapters. -- SM

  • The unbelievable untold saga behind ARGO. The truth is stranger than (science) fiction.

    As a kid, I loved Roger Zelazny's sci-fi novel "Lord of Light" and was surprised to read in this project description that its option started the tale that became Ben Affleck's "Argo." This doc tells the true and complete story. Help it out. -- SM

  • The true story of America's largest commune and two sisters' journey to revisit their past.

    The filmmakers of "American Commune" both work in the commercial television industry and were recently compelled to contemplate their childhood -- being raised in America's largest commune. They have "Restrepo" editor Michael Levine cutting, and loads of personal insight. -- SM

  • Ronah's life unravels when she starts working with a new client.

    While "The Session" deals with sexual surrogacy from the patient point-of-view, Anja Marquardt's debut feature, which she says is something of a "pop cultural thriller," takes the POV of the surrogate. Oren Moverman ("The Messenger") exec produces. -- SM

  • A new web series from the Co-Creator of THE SLOPE.

    Ingrid Jungermann, one of our current class of "25 New Faces," follows up the success of the hilarious web show "The Slope," which she co-created with Desiree Ahkhavan, with a solo online series of her own, due to start early 2013. Really looking forward to this one. -- ND

  • Shirley Clarke's groundbreaking documentary film is in jeopardy - help us restore the print and release it for everyone to see!

    Read this project description and be amazed at how so many cultural, political, and social issues debated in today's film world were being explored over 50 years ago by filmmaker Shirley Clark. The folks at Milestone are restoring her "Portrait of Jason" and need your help.-- SM

  • A serious movie about life that collides head-on into a funny movie about death.

    J.P. Chan last appeared in Filmmaker when he blogged for us from Comic-Con about the premiere there of his short sci-fi pic for the "Future States" series. Here's his very different first feature, a drama about siblings discovering truths about their deceased mother. -- SM

  • A journey through the origins and influence of funk music from James Brown to D'Angelo we are FINDING THE FUNK!

    A road trip movie about the past, present and future of funk? Directed by Nelson George and EP'd by legendary producer Arthur Baker? And introduced on the page with a quote by Bootsy Collins? Say no more. (And check out George attempt timbale playing on the video here.) -- SM

  • Help us share the inspirational story of an emerging filmmaker living in the slums of Kampala, Uganda

    Legendary film distributor, exhibitor and producer Ben Barenholtz is producing this documentary about Ugandan filmmaker Isaac Godfrey Geoffrey, who makes action films in Wakaliga, a slum of the capital Kampala. Film festival programmer Alan Hofmanis is directing. -- ND

  • Whoohoo! We made our baseline goal. Thank you! Let's keep going, let's beat our goal. More $ means brighter projectors!

    Like a Bat-signal in the night sky, the Illuminator is a "tactical media machine" -- i.e., a projector in a van -- that beams trenchant political commentary onto the monuments and buildings of New York. Help this mobile culture jamming unit extend its reign of illumination. - SM

  • An action/comedy about two offbeat filmmakers, a volatile group of Asian bad guys & one impossible mission.

    Our friends at the National Film Society, who covered Sundance for us this year on the web, are crowdfunding their action/comedy series on Kickstarter. These guys are smart, funny and talented. Check out the project and their work. -- SM

  • A poignant, powerful story set in the San Francisco modern dance scene of 1985, in the early years of the AIDS epidemic.

    Chris Mason Johnson follows his debut feature, "The New Twenty," with "Test," a 1985-set drama about the San Francisco dance scene during the AIDS crisis. He's got an amazing group of dancers, strong producers and, to top it off, the footage. He's looking for post funds. -- SM

  • New Orleans marching bands: The powerful engines that drive the Mardi Gras Parades. The front line in a battle for survival.

    This spirited documentary on post-Katrina New Orleans and the role of marching bands in its young people's lives is endorsed by David Simon, of "Treme" and "The Wire," and is being co-produced and distributed by Argot's Jim Browne. It looks great too. -- SM

  • A love song to democracy, a hymn to independence, originality and perseverance.

    If you're a Sam Fuller fan, as I am, you have to be interested in this documentary by the filmmaker's daughter, Samantha. There's archival footage, testimonials from everyone from Monte Hellman to James Franco, and more. -- SM

  • We are shooting a fiction feature about youth, love and teen pregnancy in San Antonio, Texas.

    Micah Magee is a really interesting young filmmaker who bridges Germany and Austin, TX. Her debut narrative feature is being produced by Athena Rachel Tsangari (dir. of "Attenberg" and producer of "Dogtooth"). I've liked her short films and am looking forward to this. -- SM

  • White Creek is a multi-genre, multi-universe film about one family trying to survive modern feudalism.

    John Yost is a Filmmaker contributor. He edited our "Microbudget Conversation" column and now does "Shooting with John." He's also a director, and if you appreciate the DIY ethos found in John's columns, check this project out and consider supporting. -- SM

  • We are releasing THE IRAN JOB - The real-life story of an American basketball player in Iran

    The fascinating doc from Brooklyn-based filmmakers Sara Nodjoumi & Till Schauder, about a U.S. basketball player in Iran, earned great buzz on the festival circuit, but now needs your help in advance of its theatrical release in October. -- ND

  • Adan Jodorowsky's "The Voice Thief" is a surreal odyssey, starring Asia Argento.

    Whoa. "A surreal odyssey" directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky's son Adan and starring one of our favorite actresses and directors, Asia Argento?!? And produced by one of our "25 New Faces"! Looks amazing -- back this project! -- S.M.

  • Indie comedy about undocumented immigration, set on a hilariously catastrophic, very unusual family roadtrip across the Mexican border.

    Producer Iyabo Boyd worked at the IFP, which publishes Filmmaker, and now she's making a move to producing with this comedy about undocumented immigration by writer/director Evan Buxbaum.

  • Lost love comes back to haunt in a ghost story about relationships by Jonathan J. Johnson and Ana Kayne.

    New York-based writer/director Jonathan Johnson first conceived this contemporary pastoral ghost story as a short film, but is now expanding it to feature length. The footage shot so far is gorgeous and I'm excited to see what becomes of this project. -- ND

  • A revenge film equally suited for art house cinephiles and die-hard genre fans.

    Jeremy Saulnier has shot some amazing independent films over the past couple of years, including "Putty Hill" and "Septien." Now he's directing what he dubs a "subversive" and "experiential" art house revenge picture. He's assembled a good team around him as well.

  • A portrait of a life fully realized and a look at what it takes to make great photography.

    Contributing Editor Lauren Wissot loved this film at DOC NYC and wrote, "Hanna Sawka Hamaguchi’s 'Beyond Iconic,' a fascinating portrait of the Magnum photographer and octogenarian rebel Dennis Stock, is that rare exception to the 'talking heads make for dry docs' rule."

  • A celebration of remix, mashup and creative appropriation in film, video, music, performance, technology and visual arts.

    Here's a project fundraising for the third edition of the Brooklyn-based festival that celebrates the remix in all its cinematic, audio and visual forms.

  • Puppy Dreams is a short-n-sweet film about Sidney Phillips, a teenage loner who contracts mono and spends the day telling her friends.

    Alex Delyle went to NYU Film School, has worked a lot in online video, and now she's making her debut short. Producing is her best friend, Melody Roscher, who was a producer of "Martha Marcy May Marlene" and "Simon Killer." Alex is cool and with great taste, so check this out.

  • We raised funds for a limited theatrical release of our comedy about a real estate agent trying to sell a haunted house.

    Lauren Wissot from our staff became a big fan of this film when she saw it at the Arizona Underground Film Festival, dubbing it an "unpredictable haunted house story with an L.A. twist" and her "genuine find" of the festival. This campaign enables its theatrical release.

  • A feature-length documentary following one couple's struggle in the aftermath of the financial crisis.

    Touching on varying forms of depression -- economic and personal -- "Yankee Restraint" tells the story of Craig and Phil, whose 28-year-long relationship is threatened by the financial collapse. The filmmakers are raising funds for production.

  • Girl Model a lyrical exploration of a world defined by glass surfaces, camera lenses, reflecting back differing versions of reality.

    There's a great interview with directors Ashley Sabin and David Redmon of "Girl Model" up on the Filmmaker site. I thought it was one of the best docs I saw last year. The filmmakers are raising funds for their distribution and educational outreach. Please consider helping!

  • Meet the fiercest teenager in America.

    "T-Rex" is a doc following "T-Rex" Shields, the youngest female boxer to compete in the Olympics. The filimmakers are Drea Cooper, Zachary Canepari and Sue Johnson. Some of you may have seen Drea and Zachary's "California is a Place," so you know this will be smart and polished.

  • Action architect Elizabeth Streb has re-invented the language of movement. HERO will re-write the language of documentary.

    Wow! A doc on choreographer Elizabeth Streb. Long before our recent fascination with endurance tests, body art and "Jackass"-style daredevilry there was Streb's work, which pushed the human form in extreme + artful ways. Streb is an artist whose work needs a proper doc tribute.

  • two big projects all rolled into one. from the creators of robot elephant.

    We're gigantic fans of this film collective whose work bridges animation and live action. You've probably seen their "notes on biology." If you haven't, Google it and check it out. And consider supporting their next two projects.

  • A teenage coming-of-age story. A live event that reveals what people really think. A way to more meaningful political dialogue in 2012.

    We love docs, like Michael Apted's "7 Up" series, that follow subjects over years. Jonathan Goodman Levitt's latest has a fascinating approach on this sub-genre. It follows three politically-engaged teenagers as their ideologies shift as they devote themselves to public service.

  • When a young autistic boy runs away from his Mexican-immigrant family, he embarks on an odyssey that forces his family to reconcile

    At 12 years old Sam Fleischner was working for Shephard Fairey, and his first feature, "Wah Doh Dem," was a great feature debut. Now he's back with a new feature that brings together some of the most interesting young producers in New York.

  • A portrait of Oceana, WV, an old coal mining town that has become the epicenter of the Oxycontin epidemic, earning the nickname Oxyana.

    You might have seen Sean Dunne's crazily compelling short documentary, "American Juggalo." Now Dunne is venturing into his first feature, traveling to the West VA town of Oceana, which is ground zero in America's Oxycontin epidemic.

  • A film about Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives, counterculture heroines with a simple message: you CAN give birth!

    Here's what looks like a fascinating documentary about a famous midwife by two filmmakers and mothers. We liked Sara Lamm's previous documentary, and Mary Wigmore's credits are very cool. So consider helping them finish this project.

  • Some called it post-punk. Others called it no wave. I will forever call it NO NEW YORK.

    New York in the late '70s through the mid-'80s -- those were thrillingly creative times in the city's music, film, and performance scenes. And Adele Bertei was a key figure, working with Brian Eno, James Chance, and her own band, the Bloods. Help her write her story.

  • A man tries to find the end of the universe by creating an existential video blog. We are trying to raise money to complete the VFX!

    Sean Pecknold is calling his debut narrative feature "The Internet," so it's kind of hard to Google. So we decided to help him out by curating it here. Besides, we really like Pecknold and his previous work, which include great animated music videos.

  • An inspiring documentary about a pioneering video collective from the 1970s, built from their own incredible archive of video tapes.

    This looks like an amazing project, mixing history, politics, and the tale of a pioneering video collective, Videofreex, that was an early example of citizen-empowered media. Funds go towards the film as well as the restoration of this important footage.

  • DETROPIA features Detroiters who refuse to leave the building, even as the flames rise. An engrossing and essential cinematic tapestry.

    Both "25 New Faces" alumni, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady are innovative and perspicacious documentary filmmakers who are now venturing into DIY distribution with their latest, a trenchant tale of economic collapse and renewal. Please consider helping them out.

  • A hilarious comedy ride with the CHAMPION FAMILY, as they search for the next Pacquiao and the Solar Bulb invention!

    Gerry Balasta ("The Mountain Thief") is an IFP Narrative Lab veteran, and for his second feature he's mixing documentary, comedy and transmedia, all in a tale about renewable energy.

  • A feature film written and directed by Emily Ray Reese that follows Lucinda, a 13 year old girl growing up in rural New Mexico.

    New Mexico-born, NYU Grad student Emily Ray Reese is making her first feature, "a queer coming-of-age" story set in the rural town she grew up in. Check out her Kickstarter video, which conveys the personal nature of the tale and its stunning locations.

  • OFFICIAL SELECTION SUNDANCE 2012- The feature film explores what it means to be creative in the face of tragedy.

    Destin Daniel Cretton made Filmmaker's 25 New Faces list with his great short, "Short Term 12." This year he brought his debut feature, "I Am Not a Hipster" to Sundance, and now continues his DIY ethos by self-distributing it... with our help. Check out the trailer and donate!

  • A Documentary exploring the world of MMA Fighting and Christianity. Directed by Oscar Winner Daniel Junge & Bryan Storkel.

    A doc about Christian MMA fighters? Sounds amazing. Directed by Daniel Junge and Bryan Storkel, it reps the first project for Junge following his Academy Award for the short doc, "Saving Face." What more do you need to know?

  • Help fund the journal that blunts the cutting edge.

    We are Filmmaker, and this project is not a film but a magazine. Yes, another magazine. But it's one we like a lot. We're happy that MIT Press has stepped in to keep it going. Support Tom Frank, The Baffler, and all their great writers... and get the new issue in the process.

  • KICKSTARTER GOAL: $100,000. The story of a man suffering from mental illness who attempts to rebuild his life.

    Some people attract Kickstarter attention by setting a ridiculously high goal. Jono Oliver has done the opposite. Help him get more than the tiny amount he's asking for. Oliver is a talented director and well known 1st AD who has given a lot to the indie community.

  • The Canyons is a contemporary thriller written by Bret Easton Ellis, produced by Braxton Pope and directed by Paul Schrader.

    For the very first issue of Filmmaker, I interviewed Paul Schrader, who had just made a small indie film, "Light Sleeper." 20 years later he's back at it and employing 2012 techniques. Join him and Bret Easton Ellis as they make the kind of picture Hollywood no longer will.

  • It is a world without language. A world where one is raised to respect the rules. Only one Boy questions the verity of what he has been taught, and he must decide whether to continue living in a society of fear or choose his own destiny.

    This ambitious and exciting project, a modern-day, Iceland-set silent film with a musical score by the band Hjaltalin, is the first from the all-female NYC production company Bicephaly Pictures. Take a moment to check out their beautiful Kickstarter video and their website.

  • One year in the life of a family of reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland reveals an intricate bond between man and nature.

    If it's a new film by Jessica Oreck, we are there. Jessica was one of our "25 New Faces" after making us be fascinated by beetles in "Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo." We're sure she'll do the same with Finnish reindeer herders. Support her as she reinvents the science documentary.

  • The REVOLVE is a tool for creating fluid and dynamic video footage; compatible with all cameras and affordable to all film-makers.

    Looking for gear for your DSLR and don't have it in you to go the home-made slider route? Well, Jeremy Canterbury's REVOLVE may be the answer — and it looks way more impressive than anything we could build ourselves. Check out the video -- and the price for these units.

  • Sometimes the greatest adventure is the journey home. A love letter to loss spanning five generations, this inspiring documentary shows us how to hold on and asks: does a family make a house? or does a house make a family?

    Filmmaker subscriber Nick Fitzhugh sent word about his 1st feature film, and after viewing the video and reading about it, we think it's a really good, well-presented project. He's got a fantastic team of advisers, a good production plan, and the doc has a real emotional hook.

  • The story of Dreary continues as Jack and Tino, race against time to uncover the secrets of a mysterious town they cannot escape.

    Here's a cool way to develop a film project. The partners of "The Devil is Due in Dreary" met at IFP Film Week and decided to take this fiction screenplay and turn it into a comic first. They're raising money for issues 2-4, after which they'll embark on the movie version.

  • Calling all virgins, past, present and born-again: Let's free all our first times from myth, confusion, sexism and stereotypes.

    We talk about making our own narratives, but sometimes narratives make us. This thoughtful and timely documentary by Therese Shechter aims to "subvert the virginity narrative" found throughout contemporary culture, examining it through political, social and personal lenses.

  • America, 2018. Unable to pay the $10 trillion it owes to China, the U.S. comes up with a plan: it gives China the state of California.

    Filmmaker Ellie Lee, one of our "25 New Faces" won the Tribeca All Access Transmedia Award with this witty and timely project -- a web series depicting a future in which the U.S., in hock to China, uses the state of California to pay off its debts. Help her make the first two!

  • Since 1939, Astor Barber has been cutting hair with pizzaz.Not your average clip joint.They cut hair from cradle to grave..literally!

    Artist and filmmaker Karen Gehres follows up her terrific debut doc, "Begging Naked," with this portrait of Astor Barber, the long-running East Village landmark of hair styling.

  • A Midwestern teen is abandoned by her single mom and decides to take survival into her own hands.

    We've been fans of Jenny Deller's "Future Weather" since it went through the 2011 IFP Narrative Lab. It's a smart, well acted story about a young girl and the study of science that allows her to cope with her abandonment by her mom. It's headed for Tribeca; help it get there.

  • "We can't let the news be one-sided." -Tiger Temple "You never know what you can do until you try." -Zola

    A timely doc about citizen reporters in China, this IFP Doc Lab project is premiering at Tribeca and raising funds to cover the post work needed to get it there.

  • Digital Bolex, a 2K RAW Digital Cinema camera for $3K.

    Billed as the first affordable digital cinema camera that shoots RAW footage, this new Digital Bolex has burned up Kickstarter with its already successful campaign. At the time I'm posting this, there is only one camera left out of the company's first 100.

  • Johnny develops his first crush when he sees Princess Leia kiss Luke Skywalker in his favorite film: "The Empire Strikes Back."

    Jeremy White, a graduating MFA candidate at UCLA Film School, has made a charming promo video for "The First Hope," a short about a boy whose first crush is ignited by seeing Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia's kiss in "The Empire Strikes Back." And, he's cleared that footage!

  • Galileo is an iOS-controlled, robotic motion platform for iPhones and iPod Touches.

    Here's a cool project with applications for both parents looking for better baby monitors as well as filmmakers looking to handsfree operate their iOS cameras. Galileo turns your iPhone into a remote-controlled motion platform.

  • We'll follow Jorgen Leth, director of A Sunday in Hell, during the 2012 Paris Roubaix. A grueling bike race his film helped popularize.

    Nick Dawson on our staff flagged this project, which boasts a team comprised of director Brendt Barbur, subject Jorgen Leth, cinematographer Al Maysles and composers Blonde Redhead. In our book, that is an all-star line-up. Check this out and consider donating.

  • Our new film is a story of 3 boys, one night in New Orleans, and MUSIC. But without the music cleared, we can't release it!

    We've heard amazing buzz about this SXSW-bound pic, and we sympathize with filmmakers struggling to clear music rights. The Ross Bros. "45365" was a beautiful doc, and this promises to be the same... as long as 38K is raised to license the songs that will make its images shine.

  • As a mother searches for her missing daughter, the troubled past they share comes into sharper focus in this noir mystery.

    Memphis-based filmmaker Brian Pera's "Womam's Pictures" series is inspired by classic Hollywood melodrama, psychodrama and noir. He's raising money for its latest, and I don't think I've ever seen a custom-designed perfume as a Kickstarter reward before.

  • We have been granted unparalleled access to make a film that explores one of the most distinctive voices in modern cinema: David Lynch.

    Jason S., one of the co-directors of David Lynch's "Interview Project," is making an authorized doc on Lynch himself. Kickstarter $ will go towards licensing essential material from Francis Bacon, Roy Orbison and Diane Arbus, and rewards include original artwork by Lynch.

  • KICK ME is a nightmare comedy about a guidance counselor who reaches out to a troubled kid and ends up running for his life.

    In 2006 we selected Kansas City-based filmmaker Gary Huggins for our "25 New Faces" list on the basis of his short, "First Date." Like that film, Huggins' new project stars Santiago Vasquez -- ex-undercover cop and fifth-degree black belt martial artist. It's called "Kick Me."

  • This feature-length film will reveal the wonders and tragedy of Alaska's Yup'ik people. Watch the trailer to learn more!

    Two years ago we covered filmmaker Dimitry Trakovsky's first doc, a Kickstarter-funded look at the work of Russian great Andrei Tarkovsky. Now, Trakovsky has a new, strikingly different movie — an observational film about Alaska's Yup'lk people. Check out the trailer.

  • For 14 years and counting, BUFF strives to bring the most cutting-edge films, and films with a cutting-edge, to the Boston area.

    Support one of the best and longest-running underground film festivals around by buying in advance through Kickstarter a pass to this year's fest. Higher levels bring access to special donor events. Keep underground film alive!

  • A True Story About Why We Are. From the creator of Everything is a Remix.

    Kirby Ferguson was one of our 2011 "25 New Faces," and his "Everything is a Remix" web series is flat out brilliant. This is his latest multi-part web doc, tracing the origins and transformations of political belief. We can't wait.

  • 'Do You Like My Basement' is a dark comic horror film which asks: How can a blood-soaked basement still make you smile?

    Maybe it's the title -- "Do You Like My Basement" -- but this DIY horror project grabbed me. The director has been making docs in New York for a decade, and this is his first narrative feature. Fans of underground -- pun intended -horror should check it out.

  • A memoir in pictures and words of the twelve years I spent working as a still photographer on porn movie sets in New York in the 1980's

    Independent film can, and has, meant many types of filmmaking. Photographer Barbara Nitke is raising money to document one of them — the 1980's "Golden Age" of porn. The project is a book containing her work as a set photographer as well as an essay by art critic Arthur Danto.

  • An NFL journeyman struggles to deal with life's complexities after his professional career is over.

    Kickstarter is about discovery, and here we are discovering Matthew Cherry, a former NFL player heading to SXSW with his debut feature, about life after the game. The trailer looks good, and we haven't seen this subject before in independent film. Check it out.

  • What's the secret of the Sisterhood? Some of you are about to find out.

    Based on a Steven Millhauser story, this is a first feature exploring adolescence, peer groups and privacy in the digital age. Both director Caryn Waechter and screenwriter Marilyn Fu have won many awards, and they are joined by an ace producing team, including Lydia Pilcher.

  • A meditative film about a young man struggling to navigate Boston’s criminal underworld.

    We saw, and liked, Matt Ruskin's character-based thriller "Booster" as it made its way through the IFP Narrative Lab. So, we're happy that others seem to like it too — it's premiering in competition at SXSW. Help Matt get through post so he can make it to Austin.

  • An ethereal film about the secret lives of teenagers set to have its WORLD PREMIERE at SXSW in March 2012.

    Tim Sutton brought his gorgeous and subtle film about teenagers to the IFP Narrative Lab, where we were all knocked out by it. It's a uniquely beautiful American art film, and we are thrilled that it's been accepted to SXSW. Help the filmmakers get there!

  • A suspense-filled documentary that investigates the alleged con artist and former film festival director Marie Castaldo.

    Some of you may know Dan Nuxoll from his work at Rooftop Films. This very intriguing documentary follows a workplace incident into the realms of the bizarre. Support the film and someone who has been giving to the indie community.

  • FOURPLAY is a feature anthology of four true tales of sexual intimacy.

    A few years back, Kyle Henry made a great feature called "Room," and we put him in our 25 New Faces series. Now, he's raising money to finish and premiere a four-part film about sexual intimacy.

  • Dylan Carlson of earth,major solo project lp/cd/dvd/book "Falling with a Thousand Stars and Other Wonders from the House of Albion"

    This isn't film per se -- but this project includes a DVD, and Dylan Carlson's music is unfailingly cinematic. His band Earth was featured on Jim Jarmusch's "Limits of Control" soundtrack, and this is a personal, non-label project.

  • A young man living in New York is interrupted in the middle of his scattered, modern life by a surprise visit from his very weird aunt.

    At Filmmaker, we like producers, and we like to support them when they try to step out of the production office. Thomas Woodrow has produced strong independent films and has also worked hard at new methods of distribution. Now he is directing his own short.

  • Musical feature film about a long lazy summer in Glasgow, Stuart Murdoch (Belle & Sebastian) directs, Barry Mendel (Rushmore) produces.

    Years ago we had a brief talk with Bell & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch about a very cool movie musical he dreamed of directing. Now we're happy to see he's actually doing it, aided by producer (and Bell and Sebastian fan) Barry Mendel (Rushmore).

  • Boston's premier documentary screening series, celebrating the best of nonfiction storytelling. Season passes available now!

    A collaboration between the LEF Foundation, Camden International and Principle Pictures, Doc Yard is an excellent Boston screening series that shows many films we love. Support them and receive a season pass.

  • The search for true love by transgender trailer park matriarch Jheri Jones and her two adult sons in Bible belt Mississippi.

    Moby Longinotto is a British-born director whose short version of this documentary has screened at Hot Docs and Sheffield. Now he is expanding this startling family story into a feature. Producing is Aviva Wishnow, whose previous film, "Blank City," we thought was great.

  • An immersive gaming experience played online and in real life involving a Time Switch machine. Produced by Transmedia LA members.

    A large and somewhat illustrious team of storytellers, filmmakers, designers and generally future-minded people are coming together to create what sounds like a fascinating ARG -- Alternate Reality Game -- taking place both virtually and along L.A.'s Miracle Mile.