Print is also the goal for mom-and-pop hyperlocal news shop The Brentwood Spirit. “We’re not reaching everyone we’d hope to reach with the news in our community,” says cofounder Toni Bowman in her Kickstarter video. “We still have quite a few folks who do not own or use a computer, much less have data access on their phones. We believe offering printed weekly editions of the Brentwood Spirit may be the answer.” The Spirit’s going to need to rally its Missouri community behind it to make its $20,000 goal. As of this writing, Bowman’s only raised $230. (Deadline: April 18, 1:16pm)
The makers of a series of David Lynch documentaries are reaching out to fans of the filmmaker for the money to make a third installment, which will cover Lynch’s early years. There’s lots of enthusiasm for this project: so far it has attracted 800 individual backers. You can check out song and video submissions from fans on this Facebook page, which “have the potential of making it into the actual film if they fit into our story line.” The project has reached its funding almost four times over: From an initial ask of $30,000, the filmmakers are already well over $100,000, and have set a new goal of $150,000. (Deadline: April 11, 4:43pm)
Suzette’s Gazette, a “backyard journalism project” for Newberry, Florida (population: 3,100) is the only newspaper in town. But reaching a $10,000 goal seems unlikely. The project hasn’t raised any money yet, and the Kickstarter doesn’t give much to go off of. The accompanying video silently scans the pages of the paper, and the 104 word description, with multiple typos, isn’t very encouraging. (Deadline: May 19, 3:14pm)
The Coal Ash Chronicles, a project from independent journalist Rhiannon Fionn, is on Kickstarter to raise the funds for a “nationwide tour of coal ash ponds and dumps,” which will “investigate the various angles of the coal ash issue.” It’s a great idea, with a thorough pitch. She’s even written about the topic before, but I’ve been watching this project for a couple weeks now, and it just doesn’t seem to have the traction to reach its $75,000 goal. I hope I’m wrong. (Deadline: May 7, 6:35pm)
Out of time
Blog Camp is trying to raise the money to “create a reliable source for news relating to today’s digital culture” and has until the wee hours of Sunday morning to reach its modest $600 goal, but with zero dollars raised so far, it’s likely to fail.
With over 1,600 backers, the documentary project A Defiant Dude was only $500 away from its $75,000 goal this morning, but as of the posting of this piece, it’s surpassed its pledged amount. This film comes from James Lantz and Bo Muller-Moore, also known as the “Eat More Kale” guy, for his T-shirts with that motto. He received a cease and desist letter from Chick-fil-A claiming his t-shirts infringe on their “Eat Mor Chikin” slogan, and apparently he’s just one of many to receive such a threat from Chik-fil-A over the words “Eat more” fill-in-the-blank. Muller-Moore’s story has been called a “modern day David and Goliath,” and has been written about by CNN, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. The filmmakers campaign will come to an end on Sunday evening.
Radio Ambulante, which is pitched as a Spanish language This American Life, had humble beginnings. A month ago, in addition to their online campaign, the founders held a bake sale in Oakland, California to assist their fundraising. It’s safe to say they can put away their mixing bowls and cookie sheets for now. They’re almost $5,000 over their $40,000 goal, and will continue to accept donations until the Kickstarter ends on Sunday afternoon.