Kickstarter Round-Up: T-Shirts, 'Mockucation,' Vintage Racing and More



Ectoplasm photo, possibly available as a print
  • Micah Caputo
  • Ectoplasm photo, possibly available as a print
I'm guessing most of you have heard of the fundraising site Kickstarter. (If you haven't, it's a site where you can pledge to back a project, and you only pay if the project goal is met.) Perhaps you've given up having money for Lent. Or maybe you're just naturally altruistic, and you think it'd be cool to help some of your fellow Nashvillians follow their dreams or, at the very least, raise enough money to accomplish something they want to accomplish. And from a photography project documenting Southern superstition to a steampunk blaster gun, we've got some folks who want to accomplish some things.

For instance, Yoshie Lewis wants to make a movie about the legacy of atomic energy in Japan: "Atomic Japan," she writes, "will explore the short and long-term effects of the bombings; the history of nuclear energy in Japan — its debacles and cover-ups; and take a look at the anti-nuclear movement." This one's got a ways to go toward its rather ambitious goal of $35,000. Ever wanted to see your name roll by in the credits? Or just help make a movie?

Here are a few more Nashville-based projects I found:

Who are you wearing? DCXV Clothing is looking for some startup capital, and the 615-centric — OK, DCXV-centric — T-shirt line has turned to Kickstarter to get things moving.

Here's the sort of quixotic project we can get behind! A documentary on vintage racing enthusiasts, anchored by a group out of Nashville — it's like one of my favorite Tumblrs come to life — is looking to up its production values with an infusion of cash.

How Come is a "mockucational" TV show that spoofs Mythbusters and other science-y fare, only with completely wrong information and awkward romantic subplots. They're looking for some scratch to film their pilot episode and you could help them with that.

And on the exact opposite end of the serious spectrum: "Wayward Pilgrim is a gritty account of redemption, love, forgiveness, and pain set against a traditional american landscape. The film tells the story of Rusty McCaan, who is recently released from prison and struggling to find work in a rural Montana town." Dude has a daughter and meets a prostitute, if that paints more of a picture for you.

Speaking of making movies, maybe you've thought about filming your own. To that end, how about funding Filmtoys' custom camera rig-building system that's kind of like an Erector set?

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