Former BBC news reporter Manoush Zomorodi is on Kickstarter raising money for her ebook, Camera Ready, a guide that will explain how to present ideas through video. “After years of helping aspiring journalists, nonprofit organizations, and others make non-crappy and more informative videos, I’ve decided to up the ante and create an entire book about making non-crappy and more informative videos!” writes Zomorodi in her pitch. Chapters include “The Top Ten On-Camera Mistakes,” “Superficial Stuff: Why You Should Care,” and “It’s In The Angles.” With just three days to go, Camera Ready is close to the finish line; the project has raised about $3,800 towards the $5,000 goal.

Filmmaker Debbie Lum got a lot more than she bargained for while filming her documentary, Seeking Asian Female. The idea came out of a “personal quest” to understand “why it bothered me so much that certain Western men have ‘yellow fever’” (i.e., a romantic fixation, obsession or fetish for Asian women). The film follows the “unlikely romance of Steven and Jianhua (or “Sandy”)—an American man who is obsessed with marrying any Asian woman and the Chinese woman half his age who agrees over the Internet to be his fiancee.” Lum ends up being much more involved in their lives than she intended; as she records the couple, she serves as translator between the newlyweds and acts as the couple’s counselor. Her project eventually grows into a “bigger exploration into marriage, immigration, language and communication, Sino-American relations, subjectivity versus objectivity in documentary filmmaking—and the really big one: love.” The Kickstarter project has three days left to make the $20,000 goal; so far, it’s raised about $19,000.


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Alysia Santo is a former assistant editor at CJR.