April 1, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra
I’m just not feeling up to it today…
Seriously, lately Kickstarter has seemed totally devoid of projects actually worth backing. The creative wells are either drying up or moving elsewhere, because I’ve had to dig deeper and deeper to find anything I regard as significant or worthwhile being funded on Kickstarter. It’s a shame, really, because I had such high hopes…maybe I set the bar too high? Maybe there really aren’t that many talented, brilliant, inspired people out there actively working to make the world better, smarter, more peaceful, more fun, or just plain cooler? I’m starting to think that The Kick-Off has become a chore of sifting through a pile of rubble for something only slightly shinier than the scrap that makes up the ever-growing heap. Unless something remarkable comes along soon to convince me otherwise, I’m starting to think that Kickstarter is destined to fizzle out – having peaked and now beginning its descent into obscurity and triviality.
Happy April 1.
Crowdfunding is a beautiful thing. The truth is that the depth of creativity and talent in the world is anything but receding, and while I have no metrics to prove it, my gut tells me the power of crowdfunding to breathe life into good ideas has had not only the effect of giving more people more good ideas, but actually convincing them to pursue them. That process begins with the notion that creation is possible, and Kickstarter continues to prove that even the smallest of good ideas can flourish if they’re shared. Today’s project, while not directly related to this line of thought I’m on, does serve to demonstrate the power of people like you and me to take part in the act of giving life to something extraordinary – something that couldn’t exist without our involvement. That’s not the most unique feature of today’s project, of course – the same might be said for any project funded by we, the crowd – but it’s a damn good example of how a young creator is moving up in the world with the help of people who value his talent and his potential.
Cody Blue Snider has been a filmmaker since childhood. His passion for directing won him a scholarship to a film school he promptly dropped out of in favor of getting his feet wet in the real work of creation. Whether that’s a tactic that works for everyone is not for me to say, but there’s no arguing with Cody’s remarkable results. His first work, funded by the money his parents would have spent on his tuition, won a truckload of awards and jump-started his career in the film industry. Now, though, he’s looking to kickstart it with a new film about a prank gone wrong – a relevant subject, I think, for today of all days.
Fool’s Day is a dark comedy about a 3rd grade class that pull an innocent, April Fool’s prank on their teacher that ends up accidentally killing her. They become so convinced they will all go to prison for this, that they decide to cover up the murder and hide the body before their DARE officer shows up for his weekly lesson.
3rd-Graders, pranks, murder, comedy – what more do you want? Snider’s not-unsubstantial talent gives me reason to believe that Fool’s Day is going to be a masterpiece of black humor. Don’t take my word for it – check out some of Cody’s prior work, including the full-length short film with nearly a dozen awards to its name: All That Remains.
Snider’s journey from amateur to pro is one that I think will serve to inspire a million kids who share his dream of making movies. It’s a journey that’s still unfolding. Become a part of it by backing Fool’s Day on Kickstarter before April 10.