FrackNation, which started with an ambitious ask of $150,000, is already over the $175,000 mark. The film is meant to counter Josh Fox’s Gasland, a documentary about the environmental fallout from fracking, which famously shows people lighting their tap water on fire. “It turns out people have been lighting their water for centuries in America,” says filmmaker Phelim McAleer in the Kickstarter pitch. The project will feature interviews with people around the country who welcome fracking to their backyards, and will report on the benefits of this form of natural gas extraction. This idea has clearly hit a nerve; FrackNation has almost 2500 individual backers. (Deadline: April 6, 9:01 am)
A project called DL Cast, which is pitched as an “online-only newscast” covering “issues the establishment media refuses to cover” is asking for $10,000, but it doesn’t inspire much confidence with its 140-word description. (Deadline: Mar 30, 11:12 am)
In other less-than-thorough pitches, a 117-word explanation for a blog about “the potential rewards and pitfalls” inherent in online dating services has raised zero of its $1,700 goal. “As a former professional dating coach, blogger, and dating expert, I’m uniquely situated to see if these services are a scam or a legit way for busy professionals to find love,” reads the “about” section. Backers receive a “one-hour personalized phone dating consultation.” (Deadline: Mar 22, 6:10 pm)
OccupyKISS: anarchist blog from OWS has raised $20 out of its $3,000 goal. The projects creator, Shazz Baric, writes that the money will be used to “replace a laptop that the NYPD broke when it forcefully evicted myself and 200 others from Zuccotti Park,” as well as “provide me the stability to spend the next two months catching up on the notes that I’ve taken since being a part of this movement,” but makes no real promises for what will be produced. “I hope to share the perspective I earn in the form of a 70-100k word book.” If you want people to pony up, you have to use a better verb than “hope.” (Deadline: Mar 31, 9:41 am)
Tiny News is asking for $35,000 for a “Mobile 2.0 platform, which crowdsources citizen journalism,” but so far has only raised $20. “You can take a photo or a video in the street, enter 140 character length structured stories on who, what, when, where, how, and why,” reads the about section. I’m going to assume the “citizen journalism” is unpaid. Those who pledge get “Free classified advertising” in exchange for their support. The pitch never does get around to explaining what the $35,000 is for. (Deadline: Mar 31, 6:33 am)
Out of time:
Joe Hurley, a newspaper reporter, walked the entire length of Route 6, which stretches from Cape Cod, Massachusetts to Long Beach, California. Photographer Travis Lindhorst accompanied him, and the pair published weekly stories in various newspapers along the way. Ten Million Steps, their Kickstarter campaign, is meant to fund a book about their adventures, but with three days to go things need to pick up, as they are only half way to their $12,500 goal. Cuba: Branded is also running out of time. The project is a “visual exploration of Cuba through the lens of branding,” meant to “give the reader an idea of what daily life in Cuba is like.” The project needs another thousand dollars to receive funding, and this has to happen before midnight on Saturday.
Ending this evening with well over 2,000 backers is the Kickstarter project “This is not a Conspiracy Theory,” from filmmaker Kirby Ferguson. The project, “a multi-part series that will explain the major ideas, events and human quirks that have shaped where we are right now politically,” far exceeded its $48,000 goal, and the donations have continued to flow. This success is due in no small part to the popularity of Ferguson’s first web series, “Everything is a Remix,” which explores the derivative nature of creativity, and has view counts totaling in the multi-millions. “I started it as a hobby,” says Ferguson about his first web series, “I assumed it would be nothing but that.” Ferguson decided to quit his job in advertising around the release of the third part of “Remix,” and fundraised for the project without Kickstarter. He says the first part of “This is not a Conspiracy Theory” will be ready before this year’s election. Ferguson says that as a Canadian, this film idea is personal. “It’s a way for me to understand America and make peace with this crazy place.”