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Who Is Kickstarter for, Anyway? Indie directors weigh in — and the site responds.

by Peter Gerstenzang.

So many ideas in our country begin with the best of intentions and end up completely corrupted. From Lindsay Lohan’s acting career to the once-noble filibuster, well-meaning stuff sometimes just gets out of hand here. But has it caught up with Kickstarter, too? Launched in 2009, this crowd-funding platform seemed, originally, to be a brilliant concept — especially for filmmakers struggling to secure financing.

Directors who had no money could use this vehicle to attract average people as backers — plus, retain 100 percent control of their project. Perhaps film fans just assumed it was for the struggling masses, huddled together. But considering the mostly no-name directors who used it to finance films, it wasn’t a bad assumption. There was no mission statement by Kickstarter to back this up, yet it seemed custom-built for the underdog.

“With [Kickstarter], the filmmaker retains 100 percent creative control. That’s the biggest thing.”

But then, like Lindsay as Liz Taylor, or Ted Cruz by hour ten, things got weird. Name directors Spike Lee and Zach Braff, and famous kids like Zosia Mamet, some possessing the GNP of a Benelux country, started using Kickstarter. Is this fair? Is it equitable? Should anybody name their kid Zosia? We spoke with several indie filmmakers to see if such assumptions were true and all queries could be answered.

Read the rest of this article from Miami New Times.

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