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On Friday, July 9th join us and Rooftop Films on a Brooklyn rooftop for the first annual Kickstarter Film Festival!
166 backers pledged $3,080 to help bring this project to life.


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NOTE: The 300 pre-sale tickets for the Film Festival are completely sold out. However an additional 400 tickets will be available at the door for just $10 on the night of the event, weather permitting.

On Friday, July 9th, Kickstarter and Rooftop Films are hosting the first annual Kickstarter Film Festival on the roof of the OId American Can Factory in Brooklyn.

The festival will feature 90 minutes of film and video from a dozen Kickstarter projects, including feature films, stop-motion animation, documentaries, art, and dance. All of them amazing.

There's much more than film, though. We're lucky enough to have a handful of Kickstarter food projects serving as vendors for the event. They'll be selling things like artisanal sodas, homemade ice cream, amazing pies, fresh vegetables from urban farms, delicious cakes, and more. It's going to be delicious.

There will also be music! Before the screening enjoy the amazing Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band, the focus of the Kickstarter-funded Brasslands documentary. Watch the project video for more.


The American Can Factory holds roughly 700 people — 300 on the roof and 400 in the courtyard below (there are two screens). This project's 260 tickets are for the rooftop seats (some are being reserved for the filmmakers and press). Four-hundred courtyard seats will be sold at the door on the night of the festival, weather-permitting.


8pm Doors
8:30pm Music
9pm Films
11:30pm Afterparty


The Old American Can Factory
Corner of 3rd St and 3rd Ave, Brooklyn NY (Map)


The Woods (Extended Trailer) by Matthew Lessner A feature about a group of kids whose attempted Utopia in the Oregon forest turns Lord of the Flies. One of the earliest Kickstarter film projects, and a longtime staff favorite. We'll preview an extended trailer.

Battle of Brooklyn by David Beilinson, Suki Hawley and Michael Galinksy A documentary about the Atlantic Yards fight over a Brooklyn neighborhood (about 15 blocks from the festival) between a developer, the government, and the people who live there. A 25-minute premiere.

Little Brass Bird by Robin Poppert, Rhodrick Magsino & Elliott Bambrough A stop-motion short from Chicago. Every aspect is DIY and handmade. Adult Swim should totally be airing this!

Staring Into the Sun by Olivia Wyatt The latest ethno-folk film from Sublime Frequencies. Photographer/filmmaker Olivia Wyatt explores 13 different tribes throughout Ethiopia in this visually stunning work. The trailer is completely amazing and a must-watch.

Flood Tide by Todd Chandler A road movie on a river. It tells the story of four musicians who create extraordinary boats out of ordinary junk and set out for open water. So good.

Chess Movie (Working Title) by Katie Dellamaggiore, Nelson Dellamaggiore and Brian Schulz A documentary about a Brooklyn middle school with the best chess team in the country and not much else. An amazing story.

A Short Lecture of a Different Time by Karim Muasher It's not a Kickstarter party if there isn't something 8-bit. Karim's 8-bit short on the history of — well — everything is excellent.

Putty Hill by Matthew Porterfield A young man's death in Baltimore unites a fractured family and their community through shared memory and loss. Just given four stars by Roger Ebert!

The Dancing Ecologist by Karl Cronin Karl is documenting his dance-derived imitations of various — and eventually every — endangered US plant and animal species. He will debut a new piece about the Gulf of Mexico.

Lake Beast by Vance Reeser An animated short about a man haunted by a vision he once saw in a mysterious lake. An early Kickstarter favorite.

Jens Pulver: Driven by Gregory Bayne A documentary about a champion UFC fighter and his last match. Its Kickstarter project was a smashing success, raising more than $25,000 in just 20 days.

In Transit Presents 16mm by Jonathan Dueck Jonathan painted 16mm film cells and collaborated with some amazing musicians for a fractured accompaniment. The result is haunting and mesmerizing.


We've invited a handful of Kickstarter project creators to join us at the festival. This includes cool things like Trade School and Windowfarms, as well as food vendors like Cakestarter, Brooklyn Soda Works, Ice Cream Club, Pie in the Park, Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, and more. Yum!


Every cent raised by this project will go towards paying for the costs of the event. Any additional funds will be donated to the Rooftop Filmmakers Grants fund.


Scoring the project video: Julianna Barwick's lovely "Anjos," which was released on deluxe white vinyl thanks to this Kickstarter project. Also heard: "Lipe Cvatu" from the Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band's In the Center of the Village. Buy them both. You won't regret it.

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