Crowdfunding platforms make it possible for individuals and organizations of any size to harness social networks and raise start-up capital for projects that might otherwise fail due to lack of funding. Each week, Xpress highlights notable Western North Carolina crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd.
THE AQUARIUM FILM
Created and led by local multimedia designer Jethro Waters, The Aquarium “revolves around several stories that are bound together through magical realism,” according to the film’s Kickstarter page. Characters range from an archaic, come-to-life iMac, to a fellow who gets “stuck in reverse” from a hex, and all human parts are played by volunteer cast members in the Asheville area. The film, Waters says, is truly independent with video shoots, animation and editing all falling under his own lengthy job description. Waters and his collaborators aim to raise $5,000 by Wednesday, Dec. 10, to obtain a higher quality camera, several microphones and to feed the volunteer crew.
TRAIL BLAZE POSTCARDS
Trail blazes, painted onto trees to prevent hikers from straying off a path, often become worn and weathered over time. Even then, they represent safety and forward progress, according to Asheville-area hiker Brian Beker. They also garner a certain aesthetic from exposure to the elements. “As the blazes weather and age, blend with the bark and fade away, they morph into beautiful little accidental paintings,” Beker says. The outdoorsman plans to photograph such spectacles during winter hikes through the Blue Ridge Mountains and have the images mailed to his Kickstarter campaign supporters as postcards. Beker has already far surpassed his goal of raising $100 by Saturday, Dec. 13, and he will use funds to produce and mail the blaze postcards.
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