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Omake #6: Do I need this? Documentary (Kickstarter)

on May 14, 2012

Hey all.

I’ve recently joined kickstarter.

If you don’t know what it is, tt’s a really neat website where you can help people fund projects, such as getting a documentary made, or having a band perform somewhere, or getting a comic or art book published, or getting a dance production on stage, or all sorts of creative things.

Projects come in the following categories:

  • Art
  • Comics
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Fashion
  • Film & Video
  • Food
  • Games
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Publishing
  • Technology
  • Theater

Now the cool thing about kickstarter is, if the project doesn’t receive its needed funding (set by the people who put up the project in the first place), NO money changes hands. Thus, you can feel confident pledging your money – if the project reaches its goal, your pledge goes to a good cause. If the project doesn’t meet its goal, you’ve lost (paid) nothing for it.

There’s also a lot of bonuses you can get for pledging a project. For example, if you pledge a certain amount for a book being made, you get a copy of it in ebook format, or even a paperback or hardcover version, depending. If you’re pledging for a documentary, you can get a copy of the documentary, via digital download or even a DVD or blue ray copy. There’s various other incentives too, each set by the person/people who post the project.

The very first project I pledged some money for has only 5 days left to go (there’s time limits on these), and it has yet to reach it’s $10,000 target. However, it’s really close! Would you consider helping out?

It’s a documentary called Do I Need This?

It talks about how, as Americans, we have so much stuff. Do we really need all that we have? Instead of some films trying to guilt trip us into how we’re damaging the planet, this documentary looks at things at a more personal level, of why we feel we need all the things we do.

I find this message and this documentary very pertinent to my life, as someone who lives in a lot of different places I try to cut down on the things I have for practical reasons (moving/shipping costs) as well as to not have much clutter around. Also, I am concerned about the environment too, but even more so, concerned about wasting money on things I don’t really need, when travelling and living already takes up so much of my money.

Would you please consider helping to make this documentary a reality? You can pledge any amount, as little as $1 and as much as you’d like. At $25 (the amount I pledged) you get a download of the documentary when it’s completed. But it won’t get completed if it doesn’t have enough funding.

I really wanna see it! How about you?

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