A new record holder for the most backers ever was crowned this Thursday when Kickstarter project “I’m Fine, Thanks,” surpassed 4,250 individual donors. The documentary, about “life, the choices we all make, and the paths we ultimately decide to follow,” will look at the individual stories of people who pursued a prescribed path in life, but found it didn’t make them happy. The trailer shows people expressing their disappointments in the traditional American-dream pursuit: “the white picket fence,” “2.5 kids,” “the babe, the boat, the bucks, the job, the six figures,” the omnipresent plan to “work for 40, 50 years, and then retire.” It’s clear that a lot of people have felt this existential crisis; the film had surpassed its $100,000 goal by $13,000. (Deadline: June 22, 11:59 p.m.)

Good news for North American soccer fans: a magazine is being created just for you, and raising its funds on Kickstarter. Mark Kirby and George Quraishi, both former editors at GQ and Cond√© Nast Portfolio, among other publications, are the founders of Howler, a quarterly glossy about international and American soccer. Forbes’s Jeff Bercovici profiled Howler a few weeks ago, pointing out the already impressive list of people who are involved: “The design is the work of famed art director Robert Priest and his partner, Grace Lee. Contributors signed up so far include novelist Aleksandar Hemon, New Republic editor Franklin Foer and Harper Collins executive editor David Hirshey.” With almost 2,000 backers, the magazine’s already over goal with time to spare; Howler’s raised almost $60,000 after implementing a goal amount of $50,000. (Deadline: June 29, 8 p.m.)


Crowdfunding Dreams is a book project raising funds to give a “behind-the-scenes look at 17 fascinating crowdfunders and their projects.” The proposal does not specify any of the stories it will cover, though it does detail the book’s length: “approximately 161 page[s]”; this calculation’s roots remain unexplained. “This book is a must read for those that are considering forging their own Crowdfunding Dreams,” reads the Kickstarter, but with only a few paragraphs of explanation and a somewhat strange pitch video, I’m afraid this is one crowdfunding idea that will remain just that: a dream. (Deadline: July 17, 4:15 p.m.)

While going over the pitch for Iowa Air in a Jar, I tried to push the title to the back of my mind as I read what seemed somewhat understandable, at first: “The purpose of this project is to explore the changing landscape of Iowa by capturing the essence of its present form in midst of its transitional history from prairie to rural farmland to suburban sprawl.” Okay, but then you get to the part the title references, that whole “Iowa air in a jar”: ”I will simply open a jar and let it fill with Iowa Air” while also “photographing the jar in the location I have discover in that county as a secondary means of capturing a moment in time.” All this will culminate into a photo book. If you’re worried about the uniqueness of each jar, rest assured, they aren’t purchased in bulk. “Every jar used in this endeavor will be found in Iowa. They will be collected from friends and family, obtained at garage sales, and procured from other second-hand sources.” Rewards are made up of mostly, you guessed it, jars, providing people with “a stockpile of fresh Iowa Air for the Apocalypse.” But alas, Iowa Air is not the latest craze, and so far zero dollars has been pledged toward the $9,900 goal. (Deadline: July 18, 10:36 p.m.)

Out of time

The trailer for the documentary My Days in the Traveling Circus shows the beautiful video work that can be expected in this film. Director Ariel Soto explains that he spent seven months capturing the adventures of a small, independent, traveling circus in Bolivia, the personal stories behind its young members and the stories behind what brought them there. The Kickstarter is a little over halfway towards its $10,000 goal and has until Tuesday to make that mark and get its funding. (Deadline: June 26, 4:06 p.m.)

Alysia Santo is a former assistant editor at CJR.