“The precise role of the artist, then, is to illuminate that darkness, blaze roads through that vast forest, so that we will not, in all our doing, lose sight of its purpose, which is, after all, to make the world a more human dwelling place.”—James Baldwin, an excerpt from The Creative Process. Baldwin would have turned 90 today.
“A kind of literary voyeurism, in which visitors get to contemplate the reading habits of their neighbors. Who left the Brazilian travel guides, and who’s reading Camus? Who added Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84, my favorite novel of the last five years? And where will my copy of The Odyssey end up when I leave it in the library for someone else? By peeking into the reading lives of fellow Little Free Library users, you get to know your block better.”—Margaret Aldrich on the low-tech appeal of little free libraries
“Plympton always existed just outside the mainstream animation world anyway. His work was often darker, weirder, and more adult than what else was out there. Watching a Plympton animation feels like you’re watching the whole process, like he’s sketching the entire thing live, right in front of your eyes.”—We delved into the work of legendary animator and two-time Kickstarter project starter Bill Plympton
“We ended up going through the favorites and then narrowing it down to seven to eight hours, and then we got it down to five hours. We wanted to get it down to three. It took forever to lose those last 10-15 movies. It was the hardest thing ever. Getting it down from seven to five to three was really trying. That was the hardest part of the whole process, really. You end up liking so many things.”—George Schmalz on the selection process for the Fourth Annual Kickstarter Film Fest
“I’m really into the diminishing art of true shared experience. Pizza is probably one of the purest forms of that, really. That being the case, it was a huge driver in pursuing this idea beyond something that was merely our heads, and shaping it into a thing other people could experience alongside us. The fact that no one up until us in pizza history had thought to express it the way we have, well, that was a gigantic bonus. For those reasons and a multitude of others, we felt compelled to pursue this project with extreme vigor. I guess you could say the project chose us, even. Pizza is the great equalizer. It’s all around us, all the time.”—Brian Dwyer of the Pizza Brain Pizza Museum, on why he decided to do a project. Read more here.
“We’ve always had big dreams, but we also had an inkling that traditional funding wouldn’t let us have the creative freedom to do things our way. For example, we ended up using most of our Kickstarter money to buy a boxtruck, turn it into a neon studio-apartment, drive it around the country and throw free grilled cheese parties for strangers. I’m not sure how a traditional investment situation would have responded to that, but we have some educated guesses.”—Lauren Krakauskas, Freaker USA