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Kickstart and Live! The Duck Edition

May 14 // Alec Kubas-Meyer
[embed]210163:38237[/embed] [Project Kickstarter Page] WHAT IT IS: An animated short film about a duck that falls in love with a rock. WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: It's an animated short film about a duck that falls in love with a rock. Seriously, do I need to say anything else? That's the most wonderful thing ever. The fact that it is hand-drawn 2D animation done by a guy with an Ausralian accent (and is also Australian) should only further cement how amazing it's going to be. It's also got some really amazing rewards. My favorite is the $500 tier, where you get a version of the film with your head instead of the ducks and bedtime stories told to you by the filmmaker. If I had $500 that I could spend on this, I would no longer have $500. [embed]210163:38239[/embed] [Project Kickstarter Page] WHAT IT IS: A documentary about some of the shadier dealings that take place on the internet WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: I don't need to tell you how important the internet is. You know because you're reading this article on the internet about a way to fund something through the internet. Maybe you don't know much about some of the shadier things that go on, though, and that's where this will theoretically come in.  There are still a lot of unknowns as far as what crimes it will go into and how deeply it will go into them, but it's definitely shaping up to be interesting It's also got some real clout behind it (including the BBC, which is helping produce it), so the filmmakers should be able to get some really good stuff. [embed]210163:38238[/embed] [Project Kickstarter Page] WHAT IT IS: A dark comedy action-thing that I'm pretty sure is about kidnapping the pope. WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: Because it looks cool. The first line of the Kickstarter pitch ("cockroaches is a unique and original film shot in a fast paced style not shying away from gritty imagery and curse words" [emphasis mine]) put me off of it a little bit, for what I think are obvious reasons, but the above video won me over. It's not going to change the world, but it looks like it's going to be a fun (and funny), well-made indie action comedy thriller whatever. The world could use more of those.

[Kickstart and Live! is a series of articles letting you know about some of the cool film projects that are trying to get funding through Kickstarter. Each week (possibly), we feature five projects (probably) that you should ...

Kickstart and Live! Herschell Gordon Lewis Edition

May 07 // Alec Kubas-Meyer
[embed]210059:38210[/embed] [Project Kickstarter Page] WHAT IT IS: A documentary about the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles created by a six-year employee. It will also chronicle some of the difficulties facing revival theaters in general in recent years. WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: The New Beverly Cinema is one of the longest running revival theaters in Los Angeles. They specialize in double features and show everything on 35mm prints. Not only that, but they're letting some members of our LA team cohost a screening there next month, so they're pretty cool. Beyond that, the debate about 35mm vs. digital is a messy one (and one we've recently weighed in on), and it's one that a documentary film would be uniquely suited to portray. It's not entirely clear how deeply Out of Print will go into that versus simply doing a blow-by-blow history of the New Beverly, but it definitely sounds like a cool project nonetheless. [embed]210059:38209[/embed] [Project Kickstarter Page] WHAT IT IS: A high-definition digital restoration/preservation of three of director Herschell Gordon Lewis's presumed-lost sexploitation films (Linda & Abilene, 1969; Ecstasies of Women, 1969; and Black Love, 1971) made from the original camera negatives. If the group gets more money than they ask for, their next step will be to create new prints of the films for physical preservation. WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: H. G. Lewis is an incredibly important figure in cinema history. You probably don't know his name (and shame on you), but he created Blood Feast, the first gore-centric movie, which changed movies forever. None of the three films being restored have been shown in theaters in over forty years nor have any of them seen any kind of home media release. In fact, Wikipedia (wrongly) says that the films simply don't exist anymore.  Helping to save those films would be awesome enough, but if this is successful, the group will branch out and attempt to do the same thing to other lost/forgotten films, which would be really cool. [embed]210059:38212[/embed] [Project Kickstarter Page] WHAT IT IS: Paul Schrader and Bret Easton Ellis making a movie together. WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: Because it's interesting. Seeing widely recognizable names on a Kickstarter page is not something that happens everyday, so it's worth stopping and looking at when they do. If I had to guess, this could be the type of project that gets the film industry buzzing about Kickstarter in the way the game industry has been recently, especially if it fails. I'd kind of like to see that, actually. Have Freddie Wong and co. hit their mark and then destroy it and (relatively) big named people like Paul Schrader crash and burn. I don't know if I think that will happen, especially because all of them probably have enough cash to make up whatever the final difference, but wouldn't it be interesting? It totally would be. And yeah, this isn't a recommendation in the same way the others are. It's just something to watch.  [embed]210059:38211[/embed] [Project Kickstarter Page]  WHAT IT IS: An animated feature film zombie-infested noir follow-up to the short film Year Zero, which premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: It looks interesting. There doesn't seem to be anything particularly new or innovative about the storyline (whatever it is, the trailer didn't give much), but it has a really interesting art style. It looks kind of like a motion comic, actually, which is cool. I don't go out of my way to see every 2D animated film out there, but I can't think of any animated films that look quite like it.  I don't think it will be the greatest zombie-themed movie since sliced bread, but it'll be better than I Am Legend at least. [embed]210059:38213[/embed] [Project Kickstarter Page]  WHAT IT IS: A Calvin and Hobbes inspired short film about a college freshman named James and his schizophrenic delusion Alden. WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: I can't tell if this is actually just a short film or intended to become a series, but it's under the "Short Film" section of Kickstarter, so I am writing this under that pretense, even though I think it's supposed to eventually become a series. Either way, it looks awesome. The concept alone is enough to sell me on the whole thing, but the two videos on the Kickstarter page (one a trailer, the other an explanation of the project) definitely look funny. It seems to me like the project is going to be released on Youtube or Vimeo or something for the whole world to see, so even if you don't contribute it's definitely something to keep your eye on. But you should contribute, because the guys who are running the whole thing seem really cool. 

In order to combat our videogame-themed sister site's needlessly negative name for their Kickstarter-centric series, we here at Flixist proudly present Kickstart and Live!, a maybe-but-not-necessarily-weekly series ...

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