Kickstart This: Inspiring Webseries 'That's So Crazy It Just Might Work'
by Ben Pearson
September 3, 2013
Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool and interesting crowdfunding projects that need your help to become a reality. Today we're changing things up and highlighting an inspiring webseries called That's So Crazy It Just Might Work, which focuses on real people who have gone against the grain and achieved something incredible and unique even when all the signs pointed to failure. It's an ongoing story of following dreams in the face of insane odds, and this should serve as an inspiration to everyone. Take a look below and donate if you can.
We don't normally feature web series in this column, but if you guys follow FirstShowing's Alex Billington closely on Twitter or are friends with him on Facebook, you'll know that he's always preaching the gospel of innovation. He's an entrepreneur, and I know seeing people expand the notions of what's possible is a theme near and dear to his heart, so I figured we could make an exception here. This project is very much in line with that notion, uncovering the myth that some people are just magically imbued with creative qualities that get them where they need to be with little to no trouble at all.
The That's So Crazy It Just Might Work show is being put together by the people at Ridiculo.us, a company devoted to creating ridiculous things and sharing them with the world. They already have their first ten episodes of this series planned out, with special guests lined up who, as the title suggests, came up with their own ideas that were so crazy, they just might work. They range from a rapping amputee who's built up an impressive YouTube following to a successful attorney who bailed on his job to become a chocolatier who shares his profits with the farmers who grow the cocoa beans he uses. Watch their impressive pitch video:
For more information on Ridiculo.us' That's So Crazy It Just Might Work web series, and to help support this project, visit its Kickstarter page. The filmmakers/curators behind this are hoping to raise a total of $25,000 by Saturday, September 28th, and they need your help their vision come to fruition. If you'd like to support a series about innovating and inspiring people, please donate and spread the word about this project on Facebook, Twitter, and anywhere else you can.
That's all for this week's edition of Kickstart This, and I have some unfortunate news: this will be my last entry of this column. It will live on without me at FS.net as Alex and Ethan search for someone to replace me, but over the past few months I've become so busy at my full time job that I knew my time would be limited when it came to this column. I don't want it to suffer and I want you guys to still consider this a quality source for finding information about the coolest crowd-funded projects out there, so I'm sadly going to have to pass the reins to someone else. Thanks for all of your e-mails and suggestions, and hopefully I've been able to point you towards worthwhile crowdfunded projects you were able to support over the years.
Finally, thank you for reading this column, and please continue to do so with whoever ends up taking over this space on the site. Thanks also for donating to the dozens of indie film projects we've featured here so far. I'm confident this will remain an excellent source of info for you, and I want to give a special thanks to Alex and Ethan for having me. I'll see you all on the interwebs. Follow me on Twitter at @benpears.