Kickstarter is an American public-benefit corporation based in Brooklyn, New York, that maintains a global crowdfunding platform focused on creativity. The company's stated mission is to "help bring creative projects to life". Kickstarter has reportedly received more than $1.9 billion in pledges from 9.4 million backers to fund 257,000 creative projects, such as films, music, stage shows, comics, journalism, video games, technology and food-related projects.

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  • Image courtesy of the Tribeca Film Festival For the eighth year in a row, Kickstarter creators will debut a diverse slate of film projects at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, April 18–29. Twelve Kickstarter-funded films will screen at the festival, including including six documentaries, three shorts, two virtual-reality films, and one major restoration of an award-winning indie class...

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  • Kickstarter's Couchland A couch is much more than a piece of furniture. Each couch has a personality, a heart, and a soul. Many of the most pleasant moments of our lives are spent in the warm embrace of a couch. And so, at PAX East this year, April 5–8, we wish to welcome you to Kickstarter's Couchland. We will have not one but four couches for you to settle into and play some excellent games —...

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  • “[Our] products need to invite chance and accident in the way that they’re made — an element where you lose control and you don’t quite know how the product will end up when you start making it.”Granby Workshop is an architectural ceramics studio founded by the Turner Prize-winning design collective Assemble. The workshop grew out of a larger effort to revitalize Liverpool’s Granby neighborhood,...

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  • We’ve got a few nice product improvements to talk about today, including the debut of the Creator Dashboard in the Kickstarter Android app. In case you haven’t seen it on our site or iOS app, the Creator Dashboard gives creators a bird’s-eye view of the latest activity on a live or completed project. In the latest update to our Android app, the dashboard offers: An overview of funding progress.  A...

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  • Designer, author, and artist Adam J. Kurtz As part of our mission to help bring creative projects to life, we're always looking for ways to help artists and creators find the support and resources they need to make their ideas a reality.Last year, we launched the Creators-in-Residence program at Brooklyn HQ. Over the course of three residencies, we welcomed more than thirty Kickstarter creators...

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  • How do you get into running if you find it, well, boring? If you’re Adrian Hon, you turn it into a mobile game — with zombies.In 2011, the CEO and founder of the independent games developer Six to Start partnered with writer Naomi Alderman to create Zombies, Run!, an audio-based game that transforms your run into an adrenaline-fueled adventure during the zombie apocalypse.“Kickstarter seemed lik...

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  • As a college student, songwriter Julia Nunes began sharing her music on YouTube. “I thought you just put your stuff there and you could send it to someone, but no one [else] is going to find it,” she says. So she was stunned when the videos began racking up views and reaching total strangers. Suddenly, she found herself touring with her musical idols — she’s played with Ben Folds, Ben Kweller, a...

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  • Jim Cummings’ Kickstarter-funded film ‘Thunder Road’ took home the Grand Jury Award for Narrative Feature at SXSW. Photo: David Ninh This year, eleven Kickstarter-funded films screened at the SXSW Film Festival. Today, we’re delighted to announce that six of those films went on to win a total of seven awards.Jim Cummings took home the Grand Jury Award for Narrative Feature for his Kickstarter-f...

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  • Bill Corbett, Michael J. Nelson, and Kevin Murphy (a.k.a. RiffTrax) at a live ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000' reunion show This post originally appeared on the Drip blog. Michael J. Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy, a.k.a. RiffTrax, are responsible for some of the best jokes about the worst movies of all time.Their hilarious film commentary anchored the show Mystery Science Theater 3000 fr...

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  • The team behind the documentary short, Anita Versión en español a continuación.The Guanajuato International Film Festival presents twelve projects from emerging filmmakers.A young man who believes he can save the world with a tweet. A musical duo connecting with their neighborhood through hip-hop. A community of children who use golf as both an escape and a source of hope against all odds. For ...

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  • Artists Simon Goode and Ira Yonemura opened the London Centre for Book Arts in 2012 to provide an open-access work space and resources to people interested in book-binding, printing, and self-publishing. "People work on all sorts of different projects [here]. Some of them are artists, some are craftspeople, some are hobbyists," Goode says.The studio’s membership swelled over the years, and the p...

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  • Charlene deGuzman and John Hawkes in Unlovable, premiering March 10 at SXSW. “Never forget that the truth helps others, and helping others is one of the most fulfilling things you will ever feel.” Charlene deGuzman has built a career on being vulnerable. The writer and actor has amassed some 45,000 followers on Twitter with her earnest, sweetly self-deprecating, uproariously funny tweets. She’...

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  • Photo by Carol Watson, courtesy of SXSW. Meet a pepperoni-loving Instagram celebrity in the throes of an identity crisis. Hear the stories of the women who fought for social reform during Nicaragua’s 1979 Sandinista Revolution. Learn about the man behind the papier-mâché mask of a beloved Manchester comedian.This year, eleven Kickstarter-funded films will screen at SXSW, ranging from inventive ...

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  • Kickstarter is a place where the world can value creators for the value they bring to the world. Since our launch in 2009, more than 14 million people have directed $3.1 billion dollars to independent creators here. Today we're happy to announce the launch of a new program to bring them even greater support — Kickstarter Patrons. Kickstarter Patrons is a pilot program we’re developing, which cre...

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  • “One of the things that really excites me about DNA is that it’s almost like a map of your future,” says microbiologist Bethan Wolfenden, co-founder of Bento Lab. As a PhD student, she and her partner, Philipp Boeing, wanted to create an an easy-to-use tool that would allow anybody interested in working with DNA to conduct a simple genetic analysis. So they designed Bento Lab — a small, portable...

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  • You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this content. Play Replay with sound Play with sound 00:00 00:00 “This will be the world’s first feature-length painted animation,” animator Dorota Kobiela and director Hugh Welchman wrote on the project page for Loving Vincent in early 2014. Nearly 800 backers supported their project to make a animated film exploring the life of Vincent Van Gog...

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  • Inside “The Felt Cave,” a workshop on a farm in Essex, a few dozen miles north of London, Lucy Sparrow fashions boxes of candy, jars of peanut butter, bottles of grape juice, cans of Coca-Cola, and just about anything else you can imagine out of colorful felt. She’s been working with felt since she was about eight years old — “but now I just take it to extremes,” she says with a laugh.In January...

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  • Some Kickstarter creators have built up quite a following over time. The writer and publisher Elly Blue, for example, has launched 25 projects, with new fans discovering her work all along the way. So we thought, why not make it easier for people to find specific creators on Kickstarter and check out their latest projects?Now, when you use the search tool on our site, you’ll see the names of some ...

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  • 15 student projects from University of Illinois at Chicago School of Design Every year, we look forward to seeing students from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Design launch Kickstarter campaigns as the final project for their Entrepreneurial Product Development class. For most, it’s their first experience with designing and offering an original product, and we love seeing Kickst...

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  • Today, I’m happy to announce the appointment of Fabrice Nadjari as our newest Kickstarter Fellow. Originally from Paris, Fabrice trained as an engineer and a sociologist, specializing in innovation. He then pursued a globe-spanning career as an independent creator and entrepreneur — with his work taking him to places like Bolivia, Bhutan, and the Central African Republic. In 2011, he and a childho...

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  • What do a reggae legend, a nine-piece vocal ensemble, a Cajun songwriter, and a MacArthur Genius all have in common? They’ve all funded Grammy-nominated albums on Kickstarter. These creators — Lee “Scratch” Perry, Roomful of Teeth, Jo-El Sonnier, and Miguel Zenón, respectively — are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Kickstarter talent acknowledged by the Recording Academy. Over the year...

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  • Fred Benenson was Kickstarter’s second employee and ran our data team before leaving in 2016 to explore new things. Today, we're happy to announce that he’s coming back for a bit as a Kickstarter Fellow. Fred’s wide-ranging curiosity about technology and culture has taken him down some surprising paths. In fact, before he joined Kickstarter, Fred was already a Kickstarter creator. Emoji Dick, hi...

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