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Kickstart This: Doc '12 O'Clock Boys' Covers an Illegal Dirt Bike Gang

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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 featuring a documentary called 12 O'Clock Boys that has actually already been accepted to the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, but still needs our help to finalize post-production costs. It's about a 13-year-old boy who longs to join an urban dirt bike gang, and with its Baltimore setting and accents, it's reminiscent of a real-life version of "The Wire." Check out their pitch video below, and don't forget to donate to these filmmakers if you can.

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 Posted on February 8 in Documentaries, Indies, Kickstart This | Comments Closed

Kickstart This: 'Death of Superman Lives' Doc on Burton's Failed Film

Death of Superman Lives

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. By now, you've surely heard of Superman Lives, Tim Burton's failed attempt to reboot the Superman franchise back in the 1990s that had Nicolas Cage on board in the lead role. If you really want to hear the behind the scenes story of this movie that never was, help support The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, a Kickstarter doc that will collect every piece of information available about this failed superhero effort and put it in one place.

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 Posted on January 31 in Comics, Indies, Kickstart This | 11 Comments

Kickstart This: Biopic 'An Honest Liar' Looks at The Amazing Randi

An Honest Liar

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 a magical biopic called An Honest Liar: The Amazing Randi, which chronicles the incredible true story of the titular magician as he continues his quest to debunk psychic nonsense, disprove paranormal fakers, and squash claims of pseudoscience in order to bring the truth to the forefront. Take a look at their pitch video below, and don't forget to toss these filmmakers a few extra bucks if you can spare it. Check it out!

Kickstart This: 'Officially Limited' Looks at Modern Film Poster Scene

Officially Limited

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we're highlighting Officially Limited, a documentary that covers a topic near and dear to our hearts: film artwork. With companies like Mondo in Austin and places like Gallery 1988 here in L.A. gaining popularity in recent years, it's time to explore some of the deeper issues that go along with collecting some of today's hottest film poster art. Take a look below, and don't forget to toss these filmmakers a few bucks if you can. Check it out!

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 Posted on January 11 in Indies, Kickstart This, Posters | 1 Comment

Kickstart This: 'Software Wars' Doc Examines Control of Information

Software Wars - Kickstart This

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we're taking a look at an intriguing documentary called Software Wars, which examines the current state of technology and how information is spread and controlled. Docs like this can often be alarmist nonsense, but this one looks like it takes a pretty level approach to things and provides some interesting insight for those who don't keep up to date with the tech segment of the news. Take a look below, and don't forget to donate if you can help out.

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 Posted on January 4 in Indies, Kickstart This | 1 Comment

Kickstart This: Help Support the Cinefamily Theater in Los Angeles

Cinefamily Kickstart This

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we're shining a light on a local spot here in Los Angeles, the Cinefamily Theater on Fairfax Avenue (map), that needs our support to stay afloat in this tumultuous economic climate. This place is one of L.A.'s best indie theaters and they've hosted some killer live events over the past few years, so it's absolutely worth a look even if you don't live out west. If you've ever been, post your thoughts in the comments and be sure to donate to them if you can!

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 Posted on December 28 in Cool Stuff, Kickstart This | 3 Comments

Kickstart This: Shocking Black Comedy 'Electric' Starring Sam Claflin

Kickstart This Electric

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we're featuring a unique black comedy called Electric, from two New Zealand-born filmmakers looking to make their mark. This tale of "loneliness, rebirth, and electrocution" has enlisted Sam Claflin, rising star of On Stranger Tides, Snow White and the Huntsman and the upcoming Hunger Games: Catching Fire, so hopefully he'll get this some extra attention. Take a look, sound off, and don't forget to toss the filmmakers a few bucks if you can.

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 Posted on December 21 in Indies, Kickstart This | Comments Closed

Kickstart This: 'Showrunners' Doc Featuring Whedon, Abrams & More

Showrunners Doc Kickstart This

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about indie projects around the world that need your help to become a reality. This week, we're taking a look at Showrunners, a documentary about the behind the scenes leaders of popular television shows like Joss Whedon, J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof and tons more. We actually wrote about this back in May of 2011, but the team is done filming and needs one more boost to get them through the costly post-production process. Take a look, sound off in the comments, and don't forget to help fund if you can.

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 Posted on December 7 in Indies, Kickstart This | 2 Comments

Kickstart This: Sports Doc '9-Man' About Exclusive NYC Streetball

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Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about indie projects around the world that need your help to become a reality. This week, check out 9-Man, a documentary that reveals an exclusive sport that's been played by Chinese-Americans and Chinese-Canadians in back alleys of New York's Chinatown since the 1930s. It explores the game's origins, the culture surrounding it, and the extreme competition in a sport that's remained secret for decades. Take a look, sound off in the comments, and don't forget to toss these filmmakers a few bucks if you can. Check it!

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 Posted on November 30 in Indies, Kickstart This | 2 Comments

Kickstart This: 'Doc of the Dead' From 'People vs. George Lucas' Team

Doc of the Dead

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about indie projects around the world that need your help to become a reality. This week, we're featuring Doc of the Dead, a documentary that explores the rise and proliferation of zombies in our culture over the recent years. This may seem like a trite topic, but under the direction of the team behind The People vs. George Lucas, it should be an in-depth look at the subject presented in an entertaining way. Take a look, sound off in the comments, and don't forget to toss these filmmakers a few bucks if you can.

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 Posted on November 20 in Horror, Indies, Kickstart This | Comments Closed

Kickstart This: Football Doc 'Konkussion Stories' About NFL Injuries

Konkussion Stories

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about indie projects around the world that need your help to become a reality. This week, we're featuring Konkussion Stories, a documentary that explores injuries that pro football players experience and are sometimes forced to deal with for years after they've retired. It's hailed as a documentary "for the players, by the players" and hopes to shed some light on a topic that the NFL would much rather ignore. Take a look, sound off in the comments, and don't forget to toss these filmmakers a few bucks if you can.

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 Posted on November 16 in Indies, Kickstart This | Comments Closed

Kickstart This: Handmade Coming of Age Sci-Fi Short Film 'Prospect'

Prospect

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about indie projects around the world that need your help to become a reality. This week, we wanted to highlight a cool project called Prospect, a short science fiction film with a homegrown vibe to it that's set on a strange alien planet. Most of the costumes are custom built, and while this may not be as slick or sleek as some sci-fi you've seen, it has a believable, lived-in feel to it. Take a look at their pitch, sound off in the comments below, and don't forget to toss these filmmakers a few bucks if you can. Check this out!

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