I Am I is one of many independent film projects that have used the website Kickstarter to raise funds.
Launched in April 2009, the New York based site allows people to fund creative projects from a wide range of areas, including independent films, music and technology.
Bypassing traditional models of investment (like movie studios or super-rich uncles looking for a tax write off) it allows a people to announce projects and then set a funding target by a certain deadline.
Amongst the movie-related projects that have successfully raised funds using Kickstarter include:
- Blue Like Jazz: A film based on the book by Donald Miller, which raised $345,992.
- RoboCop Statue in Detroit: A project to build a statue of Robocop in his ‘home city’, which raised $67,436 (more on that here)
- TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard: A documentary about the file-sharing site, which raised $51,434
I Am I had a funding goal of $100,000 and managed to meet it on January 8th, raising $111,965.
But how do film projects like this stick out on a site like Kickstarter?
The filmmakers came up with quite an inventive video to pitch their film:
You can keep tabs on the production at their official site and via Jocelyn Towne on Twitter.
Other film projects currently raising funds via Kickstarter are:
- Matthew Modine’s “Full Metal Jacket Diary” – iPad App (this looks really good)
- The Last Cause – sci-fi feature film
- Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine – Documentary
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