“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
“Kickstarter, like Wikipedia, Twitter and every other service on the Web, was built on the foundation of an open Internet. We would not exist without it. The more than 60,000 creative ideas that have been brought to life using Kickstarter — from new technologies to new restaurants to new symphonies — also depend on a free and open Internet.”—Yancey Strickler talks about the importance of net neutrality over at Washington Post.
“I still can’t believe that I was sitting in my kitchen three years ago making a Kickstarter video and now the Olloclip iPhone lens is in every Apple Store worldwide. I have met so many of our Kickstarters at different events and it always brings a smile to my face, it is like meeting an old friend.”—Patrick O’Neill reflecting on his Olloclip project