Project of the Day—Far Beneath the Ship is a sci-fi short about “a doomed mission to mars, and the value of manned space exploration, based on a real life speech Nixon never gave.” Confused? President Nixon preemptively wrote a speech in case the Apollo 11 astronauts got stranded on the moon. They didn’t. The speech was revealed in 1999 and has been circulating since. The film repurposes the ideas in that speech to create a narrative about a doomed astronaut on his first trip to mars in 2001.
31 Kickstarter-funded films at SXSW.
We’re thrilled to announce that so far 31 Kickstarter-funded films are heading to SXSW! Congratulations to all of these amazing filmmakers and their teams — we can’t wait to see your work on the big screen.
Check out all of the selections on our SXSW Curated Page and stay tuned for more updates before March.
See you in Austin!
Narrative Feature competition
Documentary feature competition
12 O’Clock Boys, Big Joy, William and the Windmill
Grow Up, Tony Phillips, Good Night
I Am Divine, Good Ol’ Freda, Medora, Continental, Rewind This!, TINY, We Cause Scenes, Mr. Angel
Our Nixon, Maidentrip, White Reindeer, Euphonia
Narrative Shorts competition
Boneshaker, It’s Not You, It’s Me, Mobile Homes, Sequin Raze, Shale
Documentary Shorts competition
Animated Shorts competition
Midnight Shorts competition
24 Beats Per Second
The Punk Singer, Finding the Funk, All the Labor
Texas High School Shorts competition
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!