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Kickstart This: Fantasy Short Film 'Delve' Blends Magic and Science

Delve - Kickstart This

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we want to turn your attention to a fantasy short film project called Delve. Combining elements of magic, science, and sci-fi, this ambitious short utilizes awesome production designs, some cool practical costume pieces, and even an elaborate CG dragon who becomes a main character in the story. But they need our help. Take a look at their pitch video below, leave us a comment, and don't forget to donate a few bucks if you can. Check this out!

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 Posted on May 3 in Indies, Kickstart This | 1 Comment

Kickstart This: Comic Book Store Hijinks on Display in 'New Comic Day'

New Comic Day Kickstart This

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we want to turn your attention to a potential feature film called New Comic Day. We've seen tons of superhero movies over the past decade or so, but how many of them have actually taken place inside of a comic book store? These filmmakers hope to blend live action with animation to give us something unique within the genre. Take a look at their pitch video below, leave us a comment, and don't forget to donate a few bucks if you can. Do it!

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 Posted on April 25 in Indies, Kickstart This | Comments Closed

Zach Braff Turns to Kickstarter for Directing Effort 'Wish I Was Here'

Wish I Was Here

It's been nearly ten years since "Scrubs" star Zach Braff made his directorial debut with Garden State, a film that I still love unconditionally, even if other critics believe it hasn't aged well. Many have been waiting for Braff to get back behind the camera, and now it sounds like that's finally going to happen, but only with help from his adoring fans. Following in the footsteps of the recent Veronica Mars success, Braff has taken to Kickstarter to collect funding for his sophomore directing effort, a comedic drama titled Wish I Was Here, which will again feature Braff in the lead, working from a script he wrote with brother Adam Braff.

Kickstart This: 'Touch the Wall' Follows Olympic Swimmers to Gold

Touch the Wall Kickstarter

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we want to turn your attention to a feature documentary called Touch the Wall. Ever wonder what it takes to win a gold medal at the Olympics? This doc follows 17-year-old Missy Franklin and her teammate Kara Lynn Joyce as they train for two years before winning multiple medals at the London Olympics last year. Take a look at their great pitch video below, leave us a comment, and don't forget to donate a few bucks if you can. Check it out!

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 Posted on April 19 in Indies, Kickstart This | Comments Closed

Kickstart This: Documentary Tries to Uncover Mystery of 'Zug Island'

Zug Island Kickstart This

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we want to put the spotlight on a feature documentary film project called Zug Island - The Story of the Windsor Hum, which aims to find the truth behind a strange rumbling sound emanating from a mysterious island off the coast of Michigan. The sound has had negative effects on many local residents, but nobody knows what is causing it. Take a look at the compelling pitch video below, and don't forget to donate a few bucks if you can.

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 Posted on April 12 in Indies, Kickstart This | 6 Comments

Kickstart This: Comedy Doc 'That's Not Funny' Explores Limits of Humor

That's Not Funny

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we want to shine a light on a documentary film project called That's Not Funny, which wonders "how far is too far?" when it comes to comedy. Are there limits and rules to humor that everyone must abide by? When is it OK to cross a line? These kinds of questions and many more are explored through interviews with comedians, writers, and journalists. Take a look at the pitch video below, leave us a comment, and don't forget to donate if you can.

Kickstart This: 'Starry Eyes' is a Twisted Look at the Price of Fame

Starry Eyes

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we're taking a look at another horror, this one called Starry Eyes. It's a strange, dark Hollywood satire that's also an exploration of an aspiring young actress and the terrible price she pays for fame, inspired by movies like Repulsion, Carrie, The Entity and more. It features a strong female lead performance, and it looks intense as hell. Take a look at the pitch video below, leave us a comment, and don't forget to donate if you can. Check this out!

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 Posted on March 25 in Indies, Kickstart This | 2 Comments

Kickstart This: Short Horror Film 'Paisley' Has the Spirit of 'Gremlins'

Paisley

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. We'd like to turn your attention to a short film project called Paisley, a horror project that features a ton of practical puppet effects and draws inspiration from films like Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal & Labyrinth, and Joe Dante's classic Gremlins. And if you don't dig straight horror movies, fear not: there will be a lot of comedic elements in this, too. Take a look at the pitch video below, comment, and don't forget to donate if you can. Check it out!

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 Posted on March 15 in Indies, Kickstart This | 1 Comment

Kickstart This: 'Mastodon' Film Explores Growing Up After a Tragedy

Mastodon Kickstart This

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. Today, we're shining a light on a new film project called Mastodon, a movie that involves a tragedy that befalls a trio of friends and examines themes of friendship, growing up, and the relentless nature of time in the wake of that defining event. It's a personal story about the consequences of getting stuck in the past, and should be a compelling tale if it gets funded. Take a look at the pitch video below, and don't forget to donate if you can. Watch this!

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 Posted on March 8 in Indies, Kickstart This | Comments Closed

Kickstart This: 'Batman: Dead End' Fan Film 10 Year Retrospective Doc

Batman: Dead End Fan Film

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. If you've been following the film blog community for a long time, you've probably come across a link to Sandy Collora's iconic fan film Batman: Dead End, which debuted at Comic-Con back in 2003. Now Collora and his team are putting together a documentary about the making of that project for its ten year anniversary, so take a look at their pitch video below and don't forget to toss these filmmakers a few extra bucks if you can. Check this one out!

Kickstart This: 'Beneath the Anvil' Documentary on Storm Chasers

Beneath the Anvil

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we're highlighting a documentary called Beneath the Anvil which follows a small group of three storm chasers as they track powerful supercell thunderstorms across the Midwest. Some of the footage they've captured is breathtaking, and I'm hoping we get to see more soon. Take a look at their pitch video below, let us know what you think in the comments, and don't forget to toss these filmmakers a few extra bucks if you can. Check this out!

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 Posted on February 22 in Documentaries, Indies, Kickstart This | Comments Closed

Kickstart This: Steampunk Western Adventure 'Cowboys & Engines'

Cowboys & Engines Kickstart This

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we're spotlighting a steampunk western tale called Cowboys & Engines, which hearkens back to classic adventure stories that we all grew up with, but with a layer of technology added on to put a twist on familiar material. It also stars Jeff Cannata from The Totally Rad Show and is produced by The Canyons star James Deen. Take a look at their pitch video below, and don't forget to toss these filmmakers a few extra bucks if you can. See below!

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 Posted on February 15 in Indies, Kickstart This | 5 Comments

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