Some of you may not be aware of Kickstarter. It bills itself as the largest funding platform for creative projects. What that means is artist-types (which includes all kinds of media) can try to get funding for some of their work.
This is how it works. The Kickstarter crew don’t accept every ol’ project. If you want to try to get some funding for a project, you have to submit a proposal to the team over there for vetting. From the article I linked to in this paragraph:
The project has to meet several guidelines, and it is required that all projects offer rewards to people who choose to back a project. Rewards vary project to project, but often include some sort of tangible item like a tee shirt or poster or product which backers get if a project is funded.
source: Handmadeology blog (Martha Latta, I believe)
You’ll recall that Faith Hunter, the NYT bestselling urban fantasy author I interviewed in February, has a project on Kickstarter. Here’s the link to that, so you can see it again. Looks like they made their goal. Cool.
Another project I saw is this cool lesbian paranormal comic book series, Anathema. Here’s the Kickstarter link to that. Yes, I’m a comic geek. So this is probably something I’m going to back.
Here’s another LGBT project — a film that will help tell LGBT stories in this country. This one was successfully funded, too.
“Mosquita y Mari,” a film I heard about on NPR, was also funded via Kickstarter. I’m looking forward to this. Here’s a bit about it:
It was a long road to this year’s Sundance Film Festival for the independent feature Mosquita y Mari, about the friendship between two Latina, bilingual teenagers. The director couldn’t find enough support to get the film made, until she decided to leave the traditional Hollywood system. That’s when she broke a record for audience participation before she had even shot a single scene.
Writer/director Aurora Guerrero was 13 when she met the girl whose friendship inspired the film. It was a love story that haunted her “…because we never put words to it, and I never gave it its proper place in my life as my first love,” she says.
Anyway, Kickstarter, I think, is a really cool way for artists to get some funding for their projects, and it also provides experience for them in marketing, promotion, and networking. For people who fund projects, it’s a great opportunity to interact personally with artists, and to be a part of a project you believe in. It must be kind of cool to think that you, personally, helped fund a movie that got noticed at Sundance. Or that you helped fund a new online game. Or that you helped an artist create a line of comic books that get critical acclaim. There’s a sort of neat grassroots feel to this — taking art to the public and asking for support for your work — that I think could really build great relationships between artists and the public.
So check it out. See what you think.