Did you know over 40,000 Pebbles have been manufactured so far? Lots of other great info in this update. And yes, they are still shipping.
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
That’s a wrap.
Masaaki Yuasa’s Kick Heart film has a poster! No surprise it’s as beautiful and insane as the plot. More info in their latest update, including news that the version dubbed by backers is now complete.
The old-fashioned way.
Ukiyo-e Heroes (浮世絵ヒーロー）breaks down the anatomy of a Japanese woodblock print in their latest project update. Looks beautiful — and exhausting!
Anatomy of a Woodblock Print
Printing begins soon!
You can order your print here:
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Final Frontier Design’s civilian space suit is 90% complete. The team hopes to begin testing at the end of the month and build at least four suits this summer. Lookin’ sharp!
Oculus Rift behind the scenes.
Super excited to read the latest update from the Oculus Rift crew. After a great week at CES, the team has been holed up on the factory floor producing the developer kits and cranking out the first 40 units of a pilot run. The plan is to start shipping the full kits to developers in March!
Meanwhile, Jimmy Fallon got to try out the prototype. He just might freak out…
House of straws.
Patrick Martinez’s LINX project allows anyone to build mesmerizing structures from drinking straws using specially designed plastic connectors. Hyperallergic posted a great review of Martinez’s new installation at Parker’s Box in Brooklyn, on view through February 17.
Top of the world.
Photographers Greg Woodward and Josh Exell just reached the summit of Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa. They followed the route of the original ascent in 1923, capturing the journey with period cameras. Here’s a 21st century photo of the view.
View from the top of Jebel Toubkal
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!
Walk [Your City] 2012.
Walk [Your City], the ever-expanding guerilla signage project, just posted their Year in Review. Pretty incredible that they were able to accomplish all of this in a mere 366 days.
A big year for ElevationDock.
At the beginning of 2012, ElevationDock became the most popular Kickstarter project to date, raising over $1 million.
With gratitude, excitement, and nearly two miles of raw material, the team behind the project takes you through their year in review.
Pebble watch starts shipping today!
DIY magazine app.
Exciting progress on Letter to Jane, an iPad art magazine and an open-source code project to build your own.
The preview app has been built and released, and the lineup for the issue is stacked — including features with Wim Wenders, Marc Maron, Miranda July, and many others.
Letter to Jane: Issue 04 List of Contributors
In no particular order:
Plus more original artwork and features. Coming soon…
Deep in the Delta.
Delta Boys explores the untold stories of the Niger Delta militancy — an ongoing armed struggle over this oil-rich region of Nigeria.
The film just received a very positive review in the New York Times and is now available to stream through Netflix, Hulu, and SnagFilms. Congrats to director Andrew Berends on his remarkable doc!