Few places on the Internet exist where food trucks, customized playing cards, and college film
projects can cohabit peacefully. That’s where Kickstarter comes in. Kickstarter has launched
projects ranging from the completely innovative to the questionably useless, providing a
platform for the broke but artistically hungry to fund their ideas into fruition. Family, friends,
and strangers, can donate money to projects, whether their personal favorites or projects they’ll
never actually see. Incentives such as free downloads, tickets to fashion shows, or the possibility
of a kid’s band finally leaving his parent’s garage keep people entering their credit card
information. While some bands and artists would rather raise money the more natural way, with
tours or showcases, Kickstarter provides a way to be innovative with your money. There is a
catch: only fully funded projects get pledged money and about 46 percent of them make it.
Kickstarter has rebuilt a legendary giant and kept Ramen on a film students’ table, all in our
Ty Marshall (artist): Ty Marshall, the current artist in residence at The Tech Garden, wanted
his next project to be somewhat of a joke. The local artist likes to focus on installation art, public
space, theatrics, and semiotics.. Hoping to explore the history of hoaxes and the geography, he
set out to replicate the Cardiff Giant, a 10-foot figure from the famous 1869 hoax in nearby
Cardiff. Marshall rose over $3000 to bring this piece of CNY history back to Syracuse in late
2011. Despite the success, he remains reluctant to continue with the website. “It’s not as easy as
it appears. It takes a lot of work – the video, the description. They all need to be thought out. As
an artist, I want to spend most of my time creating the art.” The website might put him off but he
knows the community will always provide the support he needs: “CNY is a great place to create
your own projects. I couldn’t do projects like this other places because the cost of living is too
Benjamin Bogosion (musician): Hang drum, an instrument usually reserved for yoga retreats or Comment [H1]: He also looks like someone who
would play the hang drum, but I was trying to find a
natural way to include a description
jam sessions, inspired Bogosion to create a whole album after picking one up in 2007.. He
recorded the album in More Sound Studio downtown. Because his job working for international
education programs and as a wilderness therapy instructor keeps him traveling year round, he
enjoys that Kickstarter provides an outlet to fundraise without interfering with his work schedule.
“Besides some friends and family living in the area, most of my contributors were from all over
the states, and even some international contributors,” he says. The website’s wide audience helps
him reach his goal: of keeping readers at peace and inspired. Bogosion’s first encounter with
Kickstarter is a group effort; the artwork for album Building Bridges features design from
Edward Tasick, a Syracuse artist.
Just a Memory (band): Fans of Evanescence or Shinedown can look to Just a Memory for that
“modern rock feel” with a local twist. The band, which originally started out as Augustine, went Comment [H2]: Now, I don’t see these bands as
“modern rock” but that’s how Leila described them.
That can definitely change (probably should bc our
through lineup and name changes and in 2011, they needed funds for a mini tour and EP. Unlike readers won’t think that).
Marshal, the band’s violinist Leila Dean, offers the website’s process nothing but praise. “Any
questions we had, they answered quickly. They provided us samples of other people’s work.
They were very acceptable, which was nice because nowadays, you don’t know what you’re
going to get.” They used the funded $2500 to mix and master Augstine: The EP in Strangeland
Audio in Phoenix, NY. Dean says that the money also helped them get out of town, bringing the
Syracuse rock flair to as close as Utica and as far as Virginia Beach. Comment [H3]: I realized I want to ask her more
about these shows so I’m going to do another
interview while this gets top edited.
Jamil Munoz (filmmaker): Munoz, a SU film graduate, continued using Kickstarter after
successfully funding his senior film project. He’s currently raising money for his film xxx, about
xxxx. “I know just about every senior film major at VPA this semester has done a Kickstarter to
make their thesis films, raising anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars,” Munoz
says. “The Sublet,” is a film about roommates that mixes melodrama with improv. Munoz hopes
outreach and publicity from the website can continue to jumpstart his career as an independent
filmmaker in Syracuse.