Project of the Day — Christmas, Again, a feature film about a Christmas tree salesman in NYC
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!
Congratulations are due to a couple of exciting film projects that both successfully reached their funding goals today.
Fishbowl is a bittersweet character study that traces the sudden unravelling of two interconnected lives. Despite an ultra-low budget, the small team behind the project is pushing for a fully realized feature film — and their successfully funded Kickstarter campaign will help make it possible, one klieg light at a time.
STOP is a documentary ripped straight from the headlines in New York City. An examination of the NYPD’s “stop and frisk” policy, which is currently the target of a class-action lawsuit, STOP will spotlight the wider story by focusing on the plight of a specific plaintiff at the center of this pivotal legal case.
Nice work, creators. Now keep us in the loop as your films become reality!