Reporting trips that involve driving vast distances are a popular type of journalism proposal on Kickstarter, and Energy and Climate Change in the American Southwest is one such idea. The pitch contains nine story ideas, all centering around how climate change is effecting the Southwest region of the US. The work is meant to culminate in a long-form piece, which would “ideally” turn into something book length, and a website with the “intention of making it a go-to spot for anyone interested in energy, the environment, or climate change in the Southwest.” Ari Phillips, a journalism student at University of Texas at Austin, has written on environmental topics in the region before, but the pitch seems like a huge undertaking for one person, and for the $3,750 he’s pledged to raise. So far, $605 has been donated. (Deadline: May 11, 7:00pm)
The Gentlemen’s Guide to Midnite Cinema, simply GGtMC on Kickstarter, is a podaast that reviews films of all genres, and has a simple pitch: “We are looking for funding to keep the podcast running and give you the entertainment you have come to grow and love….your help is much appreciated!!!” With that, the project has raised over $1,800 after an initial goal of only $500, and the comments page shows this podcast has a loyal fan base. “I love you two basta’ds” writes one enthusiast. “WOW WOW WOW how much to give up your day jobs?” writes another. (Deadline: Apr 14, 3:58pm)
The documentary film project, Medora, was inspired by a New York Time’s article about a high school basketball team in Medora, Indiana, a town that counts about 500 people as residents. “As the third smallest high school in Indiana, winning has become almost impossible,” says journalist Davy Rothbart in the Kickstarter pitch. “You know how most sports documentaries are about a team trying to win the championship? Here in our film, the team’s just trying to win a single game.” But the film is also about the difficult lives of these teenagers growing up in a town where drugs and poverty are rampant. With a pledged goal of $18,000, this film has already raised over $36,000, and still has 33 days to go. (Deadline: May 17, 12:18pm)
I don’t see any way that the Kickstarter project The Hunger Games Review will be reaching its $900 goal. The man behind the project, Joe Leibovich, appears to be trying to fund his own mea culpa, writing that he “repeatedly mocked the Hunger Games as being teen fiction” but now “If I raise enough money, I will actually read the books and give a fair review of them, and, if appropriate, apologize for my mockery.” So far, the project has $9. At the $6 mark, Leibovich updated the Kickstarter: “This is $6 more than initially anticipated, so our excitement levels are off the charts! Will we get full funding? Will the reviews appear? Will we stop referring to ourselves in plural third person, despite the fact that there is only one of us? All these questions remain to be answered. By us.” (Deadline: April 20, 4:17pm)
Out of time
Pixel Perfect, an “outlet by gamers, for gamers” has a lot of ground to make up before the Kickstarter closes on Tuesday morning. “To stay on top of the industry and really keep our pulse on all things video games we can’t do this alone,” reads the about section. “We want to take Pixel Perfect out of the blogosphere and into the mysterious land of the e-zine.” But with $560 raised out of its $5,000 goal, this project has not inspired enough members of their gamer audience to open their wallets.
The Face of Maar is a photography project documenting the return of Sudanese people to their villages after fleeing decades ago. “After escaping the horrors of genocide that included burning their villages to the ground, thousands of Sudanese people fled Sudan to seek safety in countries like Kenya, Ethiopia and even as far away as the United States,” says the projects about section. “More than 20 years have gone by, and many of the survivors have returned to rebuild their villages, their homes and their lives.” The project went a few hundred dollars over its $2,000 goal, and has until Sunday night to bring in any last minute donations.