We're thrilled to announce that the Second Annual Kickstarter Film Festival will be held the evening of Saturday, July 9th in Brooklyn, New York, on the roof of the Old American Can Factory. We hope that you can join us!
The festival will feature 100 minutes of footage from 16 projects. The clips will range anywhere from two to ten minutes in length, and will include feature films, documentaries, shorts, project videos, animation, video art, and music videos.
There will be tasty snacks and other goodies from two amazing Kickstarter-funded eateries (Brooklyn’s Colonie and Soho’s What Happens When), beverages from City ‘Lasses, ice cream from Phinizy & Phebe, and frozen banana soft-serve from Rob & Anna's. from There will also be activities from Kickstarter creators, including lucid dreaming lessons from Oneironautics, classes from Trade School, pics with the Magnolia Photo Booth, and animated GIFs turned into physical zoetropes.
Seating for the festival is divided into two sections: rooftop and courtyard. Both are great! The venue features two screens, one for each section. The rooftop section is located on top of the Old American Can Factory and the courtyard section is just beneath it. The afterparty will be held in the courtyard.
Doors will open at 7pm. Films will begin promptly at 9pm.
There will be a special treat for the early birds. The first 100 people will receive one of the beautifully designed film festival posters (created by our own Jay Schaul) on the house.
The lineup:A RAY ARRAY
Directed by Sarah Rara
A Ray Array is an experimental short film composed of 15 distinct chapters, each exploring a different form of visual and aural interference. The original score was created by Luke Fischbeck and Sarah Rara, members of the band Lucky Dragons.
THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN: ROBOT EDITION
Directed by Gabriel Diani and Etta Devine
Comedians Gabriel Diani and Etta Devine are creating a tongue-in-cheek edition of Mark Twain’s Huck Finn, wherein every use of the “N-word” will be replaced with the word “Robot.” Their mock-serious, hyper-funny project video elevates farce to an art form.
THE BEAST PAGEANT
Directed by Albert Birney and Jon Moses
Shot entirely on 16mm with a Bolex camera rescued from a dumpster, The Beast Pageant tells the highly unusual story of a man and his tiny singing cowboy.
Directed by Jamey Erickson
Jamey Erickson attached a camera to a weather balloon and sent it into space. What he got back was a breath- taking glimpse of our Earth’s surface and skies.
Directed by Mike Anderson
Canyon Candy is a psychedelic Western unlike any other. A film companion to the latest record by experimental musicians Javelin, it was shot entirely using old studio methods like rear projection, handmade dioramas, and soundstages.
Directed by Nathanial Hansen
The Elders collects stylized portraits of elderly individuals as they candidly share their life experiences. Often ordinary, occasionally heartbreaking, and universally compelling, these stories combine to reveal a larger, more complex vision of our shared humanity.
Directed by Oliver Mellan
Freaker USA is a North Carolina-based company producing knitted cozies for beverages, but their side- splitting project video will convince you they should be in television. Are those new shoes?
Directed by Amy Finkel
Amy Finkel’s delightful documentary Furever explores the practice of pet taxidermy (!) through the eyes of its sincerely bereaved clients and fascinating purveyors.
GIRL WALK // ALL DAY
Directed by Jacob Krupnick
Girl Walk // All Day is a feature-length music video that pairs the city of New York and three incredible young dancers with the Girl Talk album All Day. The result is a whirlwind of sound and movement, and a pace that’s matched only by New York itself.
I AM I
Directed by Jocelyn Towne
Filmmaker Jocelyn Towne set a new precedent in project videos with her beautifully shot, all-one-take pitch video. Like a good fortune cookie, it all ends "in bed."
IN THE WAY WITH ALAN WATTS
Directed by Michael A. Garcia,
In the 1960s Alan Watts was a prominent British philosopher, and his deeply moving lectures on Buddhism and Western thought can still occasionally be heard on late-night college radio. In the Way with Alan Watts brings those words to life with animations both whimsical and experimental.
MINECRAFT: THE STORY OF MOJANG
Directed by 2 Player Productions
Minecraft is as much a cultural phenomenon as it is a deeply meditative video game. In The Story of Mojang, 2 Player Productions investigates not only the game’s overwhelming popularity, but the motifs shared between the game’s infinite sprawl and the Swedish tundra that is the birthplace of Notch, its humble creator.
Directed by Angella Kassube and Todd Boss
Motionpoems are experimental animations created for, and inspired by, the spoken words of contemporary poets. Each collaboration is unique, a fascinating hybrid of language and film.
Directed by Brian L. Frye and Penny Lane
When we think of Nixon, we often think of Watergate, but Our Nixon is not about a political scandal. Culled from hundreds of hours of found, Super-8 home movie footage shot by the President’s closest aides, this unusual documentary captures every aspect of their experience — from the prosaic to the profound — before Watergate changed everything.THE RUINED CAST
Directed by Dash Shaw
The Ruined Cast is an animated science-fiction film sprung from the imagination of graphic novelist Dash Shaw. The completed feature will be compiled from over two million frames, each drawn painstakingly by hand.
THE TWELVE O’CLOCK BOYZ
Directed by Lotfy Nathan
Like a Wire season that never was, The Twelve O’Clock Boyz chases the outlaw dirt bike culture of urban Baltimore. Although the sport is illegal, the long arm of the law hasn’t been able to stem its growing popularity.
It's an incredible lineup, and we're very excited to bring it to you. Thanks so much for checking out our project, and we hope to see you there!