1. Four weeks ago, Steph Kesey and Erin Pollock launched a Kickstarter project to buy the 3,000 pounds of wax and Crisco they needed in order to complete a surreal video installation called Melting Bodies.
"To people who didn’t ‘get it’ it sounded obscure, even strange…we were SO NERVOUS!" they reflected in a recent project update. “A lot was on the line for us: we knew the success of this fundraising period would determine whether this artwork would exist or not. And because of YOU, the answer is: YES!”  340 backers pledge upwards of $45,000 to the girls’ project, meaning that their artwork will be surreally real very soon. Above, they stand triumphantly in front of a wall in their studio which lists out every single one of their project backers.

    Four weeks ago, Steph Kesey and Erin Pollock launched a Kickstarter project to buy the 3,000 pounds of wax and Crisco they needed in order to complete a surreal video installation called Melting Bodies.

    "To people who didn’t ‘get it’ it sounded obscure, even strange…we were SO NERVOUS!" they reflected in a recent project update. “A lot was on the line for us: we knew the success of this fundraising period would determine whether this artwork would exist or not. And because of YOU, the answer is: YES!”

    340 backers pledge upwards of $45,000 to the girls’ project, meaning that their artwork will be surreally real very soon. Above, they stand triumphantly in front of a wall in their studio which lists out every single one of their project backers.

  2. OMG, goal!
It seems just a minute ago that the comic anthology Before, After, and In Between hit “Launch.” In fact, it was two whole days ago — but thanks to an avalanche of enthusiastic backers, they’ve already blown past their funding goal!
Creator Yuj Lee thanked backers with a quick self-portrait, which we had to share for the following reasons: glasses, stars, Kickstarter green, animated stars. We think this bodes well for the rest of the collection, but until that’s available (December!) we’ll bide our time by endlessly replaying the hilarious project video.

    OMG, goal!

    It seems just a minute ago that the comic anthology Before, After, and In Between hit “Launch.” In fact, it was two whole days ago — but thanks to an avalanche of enthusiastic backers, they’ve already blown past their funding goal!

    Creator Yuj Lee thanked backers with a quick self-portrait, which we had to share for the following reasons: glasses, stars, Kickstarter green, animated stars. We think this bodes well for the rest of the collection, but until that’s available (December!) we’ll bide our time by endlessly replaying the hilarious project video.

  3. … not only are the financial resources crucial, but the community that has been established, the feedback we’ve gotten, the messages, the comments, the discourse on potential cast — this is wildly useful stuff. paul, bret and myself, the entire canyons team, we all pay attention. and honestly, we would rather engage with and be responsive to people like yourselves who have expressed an interest in what is going on, then try to persuade and coax the machine to support what we are trying to accomplish. this changes the equation in the best possible way. in the past when i have had to attend an nrg recruited screening for a film i’ve produced and you listen to the feedback as mediated by the studio, you are wary and distrustful. it’s like being forced to go to a dentist who tells you that you need a root canal when you feel no pain. this feedback is just the opposite. it’s welcomed. you feel it comes in a straightforward way from people who care and have an informed opinion.

    —Braxton Pope, in his latest project update for film project The Canyons. Even though the project has now ended, we found this inspiring enough to want to share. Congrats, guys!

  4. Celebrating Our Backers

    And we thought we got excited to see projects succeed! The crew behind feature-length documentary Beware of Christians were so happy to reach their $25,000 funding goal, that they went ahead and made this jubilant, piñata-busting “Thank You!” video for their backers. After watching it, we kind of feel like dancing in a circle while holding hands beneath a rain of confetti — which is why it’s so cool. Check it out, above, and keep up with production over at the film’s official site.