As a kid, I played Zelda, but I hadn’t picked up on the Christian themes. The game’s hero, Link, has a cross on his shield, but Thomas points out more subtle references: the game’s book of magic is the Holy Bible, Link gets swallowed by a whale (like Jonah in the Old Testament), and the cross is used to see ghosts in Zelda II. Thomas says on his Kickstarter page that his project will look into the background and intention of these details at book length, a format that’s rare in the video-game beat. (Deadline: May 8, 8:00pm)

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)

Long shot

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

Alysia Santo is a former assistant editor at CJR.