23.09.14 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: Madsteez’s Film and Mural

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My good friend Mark Paul Deren aka Madsteez is one of my absolute favourite people to hang with, and one of the most talented artists I know. He’s painted murals all over the world, and done so with one regular eye and one crazy eye. By crazy eye I mean he can’t see anything out of it other than random colour gradients; a rare condition he was born with.

Mark is teaming up with a filmmaker named Jamie Heinrich to make a short film, and they’re using Kickstarter to fund the project in a pretty unique way. Mark will be painting a mural made of up to 1,000 20″ x 20″ sections and donors to the project will each get one of the painted sections.

Watch the video below to get a better idea of the film they’re making!

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11.09.14 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: The DNA Project

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Jonathan Dagan, better known as j.viewz, is a Brooklyn-based songwriter and producer. You may recognize him as the guy who performed that incredible cover of Massive Attack’s “Teardrop” using electronics hooked up to vegetables (watch the performance here).

Dagan has teamed up with digital agency Hello Monday to re-invent the way an artist releases an album. The DNA Project is a 10-month experience which invites fans to be a part of the album-making process. When the album is complete listeners will have the ability to explore the DNA of the entire album, tracing back, step by step, to the genesis of each song.

Watch the video below to get a clearer picture of the project!

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08.07.14 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: $35,000 Potato Salad

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It’s been 5 days since Zack Danger Brown launched a Kickstarter with the sole mission to make potato salad for the first time. His original goal was $10. More than 3,000 backers have pledged a total of $35,000 and counting.

As more money comes he adds new stretch goals; things like “better mayonnaise” and “call a chef to get a better recipe”. It appears there will now be at least 4 potato salads made, one of which will be vegan. Pledging even $3 gets you a bite of the potato salad mailed to you and he’ll say your name out loud while he makes it. This is pretty much the best Kickstarter ever. Support it here.

Thanks to @elrizzy for the heads up.

 

18.06.14 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: Minka Inhouse

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Minka Inhouse is a project on Kickstarter by Fran Aldea in Santiago, Chile. She submitted her video to the Booooooom Vimeo Group and even though it’s a really basic idea there’s just something about the video that makes you want to root for her success. Watch the video below.

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05.06.14 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: A Beatbox and Self Expression Program for Blind Students

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B.E.A.T. (Bridging Education and Art Together) is a non-profit organization introducing the art of beatboxing to students at The Lavelle School for the Blind. Feel-good vibes all over this little video, watch it below!

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20.05.14 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared”

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Becky & Joe are the creators of “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared”, a brilliant video series that mixes live action, stop motion, 2d animation, puppetry, learning, and a touch of pure evil. You can see the first two episodes here and here. They’ve just announced plans to make several more episodes and would love to do it independently so they can keep the creative spirit of the show alive.

Watch the video below!

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05.05.14 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: “1050.6(c) against Showtime” Film by Scott Carthy

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Director Scott Carthy beautifully documents the divisive subculture of subway car performers in this 7-min short documentary. From what I can gather 1050.6(c) is the section of the New York Transit code that states panhandling and performing on trains is prohibited.

Scott is hoping to raise funds through Kickstarter to shoot a longer, more in depth, film about these dancers. Watch the 7-min short film below!

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24.02.14 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: Janet Echelman Sculpture in Vancouver

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Artist Janet Echelman, known for her beautiful large outdoor sculptures made of nets, is set to install her largest work to date in Vancouver! She is personally borrowing funds to cover the cost of installing the work and a non-profit called Burrard Arts Foundation has stepped in to try and help her make this sculpture a reality.

Watch the video below explaining the proposed piece for Vancouver, and if you want to support the project jump over to Kickstarter.

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