“The nation—the world—has agreed that they’d rather give up their privacy than be censored,” film director Hal Hartley told the Transom as we waited for seats at the low-key Greenwich Village brasserie Bar Six. He added, “The president, a couple of years ago, talked about how children have such a totally different kind of awareness of their sexuality and access to a level of perversion that was unknown to grown-ups 30 years ago.”
How did we get on this topic? Oh, yeah, the Internet.
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The International New York Times has debuted, replacing The International Herald Tribune. In a letter to readers, publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. wrote, “Today, our future is global. The need for high-quality, authoritative, on-the-ground reporting and analysis from around the world has never been greater.” Online access is free and unlimited for the week, so go Read More
Justine Tunney is a New York-based software engineer at Google, but she’s also a prolific activist who was and continues to be instrumental to the Occupy Wall Street movement. A “transgender anarchist,” she founded OccupyWallStreet.org and continues to maintain the @OccupyWallSt Twitter handle; her Github account has an Occupy Wall Street specific repository that boasts the tagline, “Stomping out capitalism, one line of code at a time.” And she also has an interesting new approach to crowdfunding.
Halloween didn’t happen in New York last year. If you’ll recall, all the ghouls and goblins were held captive indoors after Hurricane Sandy surged through the city, sadly having nowhere to vomit and embarrass themselves in public.
And because Halloween didn’t happen, New York City’s crazy, fantastical Village Halloween Parade didn’t happen either. Read More
Let Them Eat Cake
Enjoying the spoils of baking with no effort? The Little Red Hen would be so pissed. Read More
With so many Kickstarter projects popping up every day, it’s getting almost impossible to make yours stand out. Luckily for one cash-strapped chef, Werner Herzog is a big fan of his salt. Seriously.
Angelo Garro, an Italian-American chef based in San Francisco, is seeking $30,000 to produce and distribute his organic salt, “Omnivore,” nationally. Getting Read More
Hoping to emulate the success of Veronica Mars, multipurpose man Spike Lee is also turning to Kickstarter to fund an upcoming project of his. According to the project’s most #blessed description, he’s seeking $1.25 million in funding to craft some new “joint” because he’s sick of Hollywood’s propensity to ignoring independent film makers, like him.
The Read More
Kickstart or Kill
Surely this is some sort of startup Singularity: Someone is trying to raise $100,000 via Kickstarter in order to make a documentary that would educate the world about Bitcoin and its global “socioeconomic impact.”
Says one interviewee featured in the sizzle reel, ”There should be a lot more documentaries because of the complexity of how Bitcoin works.”
Comics for Cash
Leah Wolchok and Davina Pardo are two filmmakers who have stumbled upon a great niche market for Kickstarter fundraising: People who will pay good money for the street cred of being associated with New Yorker’s highbrow, non sequitur comics. People like this, basically.
Don’t think there is a huge market for a doc of high-minded cartoons? So far, Very Serious has raised $76,814, and still has 69 hours to go before completion. But that may be due to the great gifts associated with each pledge level, which go way beyond the normal PBS or NPR tote.
Wet Wild 'N' Weird
Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade was nearly dead in the water, until Amanda Palmer saved the day. Maybe she’s not so shellfish after all.
On May 25th, the cult musician and controversial web personality held a benefit at the Bowery Ballroom and managed to raise $10,000 for the parade’s Read More