Last year one of the best American revenge tales, Blue Ruin, funded through Kickstarter, went on to play the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the prestigious FIPRESCI Prize — the same award Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Paul Thomas Anderson and many other great filmmakers won once upon a time.
Blue Ruin continued its festival domination by playing at more prominent places: the Toronto International Film Festival, AFI Fest, Sundance. It was nominated for Best International Independent Film at the British Independent Film Awards as well as Best Breakthrough Actor at the Gotham Awards for star Macon Blair’s harrowing and explosive performance. These accolades would never have been received if it weren't for folks who donated to make the film possible. Now writer-director Jeremy Saulnier’s follow-up, Green Room, just played at Cannes over the summer (to critical acclaim). It stars Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard or Professor Charles Xavier, depending on how old you are) and his role in the film has been described as vicious.
Blue Ruin and so many other projects successfully funded demonstrate how important crowdsourcing is. Donations have made possible some of the most innovative independent cinema ever. If you are a cinephile and watch a lot of independent cinema, chances are almost everything you have watched within the last four years was funded through Kickstarter.
Coming to Dallas soon is the 5th annual Kickstarter Film Festival, which hits the screen at the Texas Theatre October 15. For a one-night-only affair, you’ll have the chance to watch a few of the most talked about films funded through Kickstarter in the last year.
Here’s what’s on deck: What We Do in the Shadows (a hilarious vampire mockumentary in the same vein as The Real World starring Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement. It's bust-your-gut funny.), Afronauts (2014 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection), T-Rex (2015 SXSW Film Festival Official Selection), Submarine Sandwich (sequel to the Oscar-Nominated Short, Fresh Guacamole), and Don Hertzfeldt’s World of Tomorrow, which took the Short Film Grand Jury Prize this year at Sundance.
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This festival is free. You read that correctly, free. You just need to RSVP before it fills up, which you can do on prekindle.