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Editorial: Kickstarting food, film - success a different way

From time to time, when talking with people, the subject of doing a project - something different or really cool - comes up. Inevitably, the website also is mentioned, and the common response is that people who use Kickstarter to fund their work should find their own investors.But that's exactly what they're is becoming the more and more common answer for films, music, stage shows, comics, journalism, video games, and food-related projects. It is a global crowdfunding platform, designed to "help bring creative projects to life." It's not peanuts either - Kickstarter has reportedly received more than $1.5 billion in pledges from 7.8 million backers to fund 200,000 creative projects.In Sunday's edition of the Courier, we told you about The Local - a new breakfast and lunch restaurant near downtown - that received help from more than 100 people to open. Another is Nastee Dogs, a gourmet hot dog restaurant just south of Whiskey Row.While The Local is just opening, Nastee Dogs is fighting for its survival; they are seeking help to raise $20,000 for the installation of a hood-vent in their restaurant - and without it may have to close temporarily. As those efforts continue, still another Kickstarter campaign is in the offing. The Burns Unit, a Prescott-area collective of local independent filmmakers, is launching a Kickstarter campaign for production of "Witch Child," a feature-length supernatural horror movie. Their Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,000 begins Wednesday, April 29."We're a group of 12 Arizona filmmakers who've all made films of our own, and most of us have worked together on movie projects," sound recordist Jared MacDonald-Evoy stated in a news release. "We realized between us, we had all the skills a film company needs to make a feature. So why not make a feature of our own right here in Prescott?""Ten years ago, opportunities to raise money for independent movies were very limited," said Co-Writer/Co-Director Andrew Johnson-Schmit. "But with Kickstarter, we can invite everyone who wants to see a big, locally made movie to be part of the process."And those investors? People who back Kickstarter projects are offered tangible rewards and one of a kind experiences (the return on their investment) in exchange for their pledges. In the case of the "Witch Child," Kickstarter backers receive different rewards depending on each backer level - including everything from digital downloads of the movie after its premiere up to an Executive Producer package that includes a private screening for 20, a tapas reception and a role as an extra.Making no assumptions; yep, it's pretty cool stuff.For more information, visit or find them on Facebook or about skinning that cat, there's more than one way to get something done.- Tim Wiederaenders, city editorFollow Tim on Twitter @TWieds_editor
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