Kickstarter At Tribeca: 14 Funded Films to Make Appearance at 2017 Film Festival

With the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival set to kick off next week in New York City, crowdfunding platform Kickstarter announced the funded film projects that are making their way to this year’s event.

According to the funding portal, fourteen Kickstarter-funded films will debut at the fest, marking the seventh consecutive year that Kickstarter-funded projects have premiered at Tribeca. It was revealed:

These films span historical narratives, socially conscious documentaries, and formally innovative series. They tell an array of personal stories, ranging from a group of surfers in search of the perfect wave — Chris Burkard’s Under the Arctic Sky, which holds the distinction of being the most-funded documentary short on Kickstarter — to a touching tribute to an award-winning war photographer who lost his life while on assignment. You’ll also find a wonderfully strange variety TV show co-created by Kickstarter Film team alum Dan Schoenbrun, and a comedy web series that takes some very unexpected (and very bloody) turns.”

The following Kickstarter-funded films will be at the Tribeca Film Festival:

  • King of Peking – Directed by Sam Voutas: A heartwarming story about movie piracy. Join a Sundance Lab alum to make a flashback comedy set in 1998 China, when DVD was king.
  • The Sensitives – Directed by Drew Xanthopoulos: “Families struggle to reclaim their lives from the isolation of chronic illness and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS).
  • True Conviction – Director by Jamie Meltzer: “There’s a new detective agency in Dallas, Texas, started by a group of exonerated men who have all spent decades in prison.
  • Hondros – Directed by Greg Campbell: “A documentary film about the life of photojournalist Chris Hondros, two-time Pulitzer finalist who was killed by hostile fire in Libya.
  • The Family I Had – Directed by Katie Green and Carlye Rubin: “Looks at America’s juvenile justice system through exploring the stories of those caught up within it.”
  • The Last Animals – Directed by Kate Brooks: “A documentary film that focuses on Africa’s poaching epidemic.”
  • Buckets – Directed by Julia Jones: “A doe-eyed young girl desperately falls for an entitled young guy and the fated fable that follows proves disastrous for them both.
  • Viola, Franca – Directed by Marta Savina: “La storia di Franca Viola, nella Sicilia del 1965 / Set in 1965 Sicily, a short that tells the revolutionary story of Franca Viola.
  • Little Bird – Directed by Georgia Oakley: “Set in 1941, Little Bird is about a young woman desperate to fly her cage. A short made by women about women for men & women to enjoy.
  • Resurface – Directed by Josh Izenberg and Wynn Padula: “Resurface is a documentary about military veterans who surf to cope with PTSD and transform their lives.
  • Under an Arctic Sky – Directed by Chris Burkard:“Six surfers set sail along the frozen shores of Iceland as the worst storm in twenty-five years is about to arrive.
  • The Foster Portfolio – Directed by Danielle Katvan: “An offbeat, mid-century tale, adapted from the original short story.
  • The Eyeslicer – Directed by Dan Schoenbrun and Vanessa McDonnell: “The Eyeslicer is a new variety TV show bringing the next generation of alternative American filmmakers together under one strange roof.
  • New York Is Dead – Directed by Jenn Harris, Matthew Wilkas, and Randy Harrison: A darkly hilarious webseries about two broke New York City artists who become hired killers to make ends meet.

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