Today in Kickstarter, Monday April 8th, 2013:
Lin it to win it.
As an undrafted rookie from Harvard, Jeremy Lin seemed an unlikely candidate for basketball stardom. This documentary was there from the beginning to trace Lin’s meteoric rise, from his struggles in obscurity to the game that changed it all.
Kickstarter at Sundance.
We’re back from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival with lots of exciting news to share. Kickstarter-funded films earned major awards, picked up distribution deals, and delighted packed houses, and we couldn’t be happier for these dedicated filmmakers and their backers.
It’s been an exciting year for independent film on Kickstarter, and Sundance begins the new year on a high note. We’re thrilled to see so many talented creators recognized for their hard work. Congratulations!
This year, 17 Kickstarter-funded films screened at the festival, including features, documentaries, and short films.
- The Square, Linsanity, 99%, I Used to Be Darker, This is Martin Bonner, After Tiller, Gun, Newlyweeds, American Promise, Ass Backwards, Inequality For All, Boneshaker, When I Walk, Charlie Victor Romeo, Blood Brother, The Cub, K.I.T.
Five films headed home with top prizes, including double laurels for Blood Brother. Hats off for this amazing achievement.
- Blood Brother won the U. S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary and the U. S. Documentary Audience Award.
- This is Martin Bonner won the Audience Award: Best of NEXT.
- The Square won the Audience Award: World Cinema (Documentary).
- Inequality For All and American Promise both wom U. S. Documentary Special Jury Awards.
Several films left Sundance with distribution deals in tow. Looking forward to seeing them in theaters soon!
- Newlyweeds acquired by Phase 4.
- Inequality For All acquired by Radius.
- I Used to Be Darker acquired by Monterey Media.
- 99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film acquired by Participant Media.
We could fill a book with all the positive press garnered by these 17 films during Sundance. Here are just a few of the highlights.
- Great reviews for This Is Martin Bonner, Charlie Victor Romeo, and The Square.
- After Tiller and Gun made national news.
- American Promise creators on Last Call with Carson Daly.
- Jeremy Lin caught a screening of Linsanity.
- Two shorts, Boneshaker and K.I.T., made Indiewire’s Top 10.
Congrats again to all the filmmakers, their teams, and their backers. See you next year, Park City!
Big winners at Sundance.
Good morning, internet. Exciting news out of Sundance: Kickstarter-funded doc Blood Brother wins big at the prestigous festival, taking home both the U.S. Grand Jury Prize for Documentary and the Audience Award for U.S. Documentary. Incredible!
Blood Brother wasn’t the only Kickstarter success story at the festival. Of the 17 films that played, The Square won the Audience Award for World Cinema and This Is Martin Bonner won the Audience Award: Best of NEXT. Inequality for All and American Promise also took home special jury prizes.
Congrats to all the filmmakers and backers who made these films possible!
A thoughtful NPR story on Kickstarter, filmmaking, and Sundance from today’s Morning Edition.
Excited about Sundance?
Check out these trailers for some of the 16 Kickstarter-funded films screening over the next few days.
Two of the 16 Kickstarter-funded films at Sundance are screening today. Congrats to the filmmakers and the festival-goers crafty enough to score some tickets!
Newlyweeds sparks a funny and thoughtful mediation on the habits of modern relationships — and the cloud of pot smoke that might float in the way.
After Tiller offers a jarring and intimate portrait of the four remaining physicians who still perform third-trimester abortions in the US.
Another 14 Kickstarter-funded films are screening over the weekend. Here’s the complete list.
Film makes the cut.
$100 million pledged to independent film on Kickstarter since 2009. At least 86 films released in over 1,500 theaters. And a total of 8,567 successfully funded film and video projects. Clearly, filmmakers and audiences have created a home for new work on Kickstarter.
With Sundance 2013 just around the corner, we’re thrilled to note that this will mark the second year in a row that roughly 10% of the festival’s slate is comprised of Kickstarter-funded films. Congrats to all the filmmakers and backers! We’ll be rooting for ya.
For more from the world of film, check out the Best of Kickstarter 2012.
Next stop, Sundance.
Congratulations are in order for a slew of filmmakers on Kickstarter that are Utah-bound next month.
The Sundance Film Festival just announced selections for the 2013 festival, including 13 Kickstarter-funded films. These films were selected from among more than 20,000 total submissions — a festival record.
Take a look at the complete slate of Kickstarter-funded films heading to Park City and keep an eye out for late additions over the coming weeks.
This was an email we just got:
“Yo, good tidings on this fine day amidst the year of the dragon. Just posted a harmonic chant of gratitude to our Kickstarter backers (it was our $15+ reward) that we filmed at Sundance. Thought you might get a ‘kick’ out of it. Cheerios, Lars”Um. DUH we did. More of this plz + thx! (For reference: his original Kickstarter project lives here.)
I think that people like to give in part because everyone wants to be part of the movies and we all like to feel magnanimous, to help something creative get made. It’s sort of the triumph of the normal person.
—Yancey Strickler, as quoted by NY Times columnist David Carr, who spent some time with us at Sundance. Read more about it here.
A huge congrats to Indie Game: The Movie. After a stellar premiere at Sundance, they’ve been picked up by producer Scott Rudin (Moneyball, There Will Be Blood) to be developed as a half hour long series on HBO.
Inspired by Billy Wilder’s People On Sunday ,Playtime is a seamless journey through the lives of German youth on a Sunday afternoon. Director Lucas Mireles explains he knew the film would be a hit when his crew found themselves “…on the banks of the Rhine River surrounded on all sides by nude male sunbathers, working up the courage to ask them to be in our movie.” Nicely done, gents. Their finished picture is set to premiere at Sundance — exciting! — and it’s also our Project of the Day. Even more exciting, right?!
Kickstarter is going to Sundance —17 films that have raised funds with us are slated to appear, and that’s just so far! — so we made some cute stuff to bring with us.
Sundance calls An Oversimplification of Her Beauty an “explosively creative debut feature” documenting a relationship in an “exquisite tapestry,” blending live action and animation to explore the “young male psyche as he sweats and stretches toward maturity.” We call that: rad. We also call it our Project of the Day. And we consider the project video and its accompanying trailer a must-see.