The Whey Station, arguably the most popular food truck on campus (who wants to tally between Whey and Falafel?) needs your help. If you’ve ever stumbled down Williams St on a weekend night looking for some cheesy comfort [gourmet] food, you should consider helping them out.
Whey Station is run by Josh and Jillian Moskites, who are husband and wife and went to college together (aw). They both love cheese and have spent over a decade in the gourmet cheese industry, which led them to the food truck business. Now they’d like help renovating their truck.
The great thing about Kickstarter is that donating gets you cool prizes; and the Whey Station promises to deliver, with MORE WHEY STATION. A $20 pledge gets you a Whey Station sticker (ya!), a sandwich, a cup of soup, and a drink. A $60 pledge gets you a *catered grilled cheese party.* The highest pledge (of $5000…) gets you a private party for 150 people, when the Whey Station will show up to your house and feed everyone.
Dylan Marron ’10 writes in to share his most recent project post-Wesleyan:
I was recently cast in an independent television show called Whatever this is. It follows three best friends – Sam (Hunter Canning), Ari (Dylan Marron), and Lisa (Madeline Wise) — who work job-to-job in New York City. Sam and Ari work as production assistants on reality television shows and each episode sees them on the set of a different project. Whatever this is. is from the same people who made The Outs, the 2012 series that was made on a shoestring budget, developed a cult following, and drew fans like John Cameron Mitchell and Alan Cumming (who appeared in The Outs’ Hanukkah Episode).
Check out the pilot episode, called Whatever this is. – Reality. It features everything from real housewives to cute puppies and appendicitis.
Incoming news from The Japanese, a 1/3 Japanese-American band composed of Adrien DeFontaine ’13, Neo Sora ’14, and Dan Moakley ’13 (and back in the day, Will Solomon ’13, who has unfortunately dropped off the face[book] of the earth):
We’re the Japanese. Some of you may know us from various shows around campus. We’ve been together since freshman year, and now that our time here is coming to an end, we wanted to release a professionally recorded EP. We’ve already started the recording process at a studio in New York, but due to monetary constraints, we are far from finishing it. We’ve explored all avenues with raising money with the school and on our own, but we need your help! Please check out our kickstarter page. We greatly appreciate any contributions and check out our rewards including “dress up Neo,” “quiche by Dan,” or “meat with Adrien.”
Hop to it, folks. A lot of these gifts are pretty time- and location-specific (there are only two Finals Week Specials left!), so you should help out for the story, even if you hate this band a whole lot or are just mad that they opened for Linus back in the day. I get along fine with ’em myself, but hey.
Got a creative project of your own that you’d like help funding? As long as it’s Wes-relevant, feel free to let us know, especially if you don’t know us, because we would be kidding ourselves if we ignored that people who happen to know regular Wesleying contributors pretty well just happen to have a much better chance of ending up on the blog frequently, and even though there’s not really intent to do this people who do work that doesn’t get put up on Wesleying often rightly feel shorted, and so we probably should do a better job of reaching out to underrepresented artists on Wesleying, but in the meantime please don’t feel intimidated to just shoot us an email about whatever it is we’re doing that we’re fools for not knowing about and maybe we’ll stop being fools so much.
Sun-Higginson, a filmmaker living in NYC, is currently producing a documentary by that very name. Featuring interviews with gamers, bloggers, scholars, developers, and others involved in the field, “GTFO” aims to expose the harassment of women involved in the gaming industry. To raise money and support for the film’s production, Sun-Higginson has launched a Kickstarter page that will be up through May 10.
Sexual harassment is a rampant problem in the gaming world – one that’s been gaining attention in the news lately. There has been some pretty impressive backlash onlineagainst this sexism, but Sun-Higginson hopes her film will call even more attention to the problem and ultimately spark some change.
The official theme for their capital campaign is “#THESISWHY.”
Tired of capital campaigns yet? Too bad. Making movies is expensive, and #thisiswhy thesis filmmakers Gus Vita ’13 and Dema Paxton Fofang ’13 (otherwise known as The Artist Formerly Known as Bamenda) are asking for your help in the form of a Kickstarter and an IndieGogo campaign, respectively. Vita’s asking for $3,000 and Fofang’s asking for $1,000, which comes to $4,000 total between the two of them, which still only amounts to .016% of the budget of Michael Bay ’86’s next $25 million opus (and that’s not counting the extra millions for advertising), so throw them a bone, will you? (At any rate, both of them have raised substantial funds towards their goals as of this posting—but they need more.)
You’d be right in assuming that filming is complete for both movies, so why raise money now? As Fofang explains it, “both of our projects were shot on 16mm, and the post-production process for that format is quite expensive. I’m currently spending long hours each day editing the film on a Steenbeck, and prepping for the final stages of post-production.” A cursory glance at Fofang’s own fundraising campaign reveals in detail where the money’s going: hiring a negative cutter to assemble the final cut, hiring a professional sound mixer to optimize the soundtrack, answer prints, color correction, telecine, festival distribution fees.
With the help of about a million other recent Wes grads, Nick Singer ’11 is busy expanding his senior thesis film into a full-fledged three-part feature. Other Months explores nearly a year in the life of Nash, an “anxious, isolated, and directionless” young man who is plagued by perpetual uncertainty. From the Kickstarter page:
There is a deep disquiet in Nash, an undercurrent running beneath his inertia. In the heady rush of sex, in the ecstatic pulse of a dance floor, in the electric punch of a confrontation with death—in these access points to the animal—he finds a certain undeniable potency. These moments in turn excite, terrify, and—ultimately, inevitably—leave Nash with a profound longing.
Singer’s thesis was a short film called February. After completing the film, which was an official selection of the 2012 Slamdance Film Festival in Utah, Singer was inspired to expand on its story and delve deeper into Nash’s mind. The second installment, July, is now also complete. The production team is now raising funds for November, the final part of the trilogy, which is being filmed in New York City.
Patrick Salazar ’13, otherwise known as Spoken Phor, has launched a Kickstarter for upcoming project “Dreams of Eternity,” to be produced by HiFadility from Trinity College. He is looking for campus support from fellow Wesleyan students. . All funds raised will go towards production costs, recording time, engineering, artwork, and music videos for the new project. You can check out the fundraising link here, and read what the artist has to say about his vision below:
Eternity. When we think eternity, we think forever. This grappling word takes our minds and our hearts to places where we normally do not think to go. It encompasses our fears, it encompasses our goals, and it encompasses our crux – what we truly believe ourselves to be purposed for.
I am afraid of myself – afraid that all unique, blue moon qualities I possess will amount to nothing but particles of existence, pieces of greatness seeking a never to be found glory, simply because of my own inadequacy. My inadequacies as a man cut me as deep as knife wounds: my fear of risk, my fear of limited potential, my fear of failure and my fight against growth preventing resentment are my only obstacles.
Every venture starts with an idea, and often emerging entrepreneurs receive their first investments from friends and family. Learn how to identify the specific project that you are best suited to pursue and engage those closest to you in the mission of your social enterprise. We’ll talk about how to 1: Communicate your vision 2: get others involved, and 3: acquire seed funding through networking, events, and social media.
“Pretty much everybody on earth has a threshold for how much to indulge an idiot who doesn’t know how to conduct herself, and I think Ms Palmer has found her audience’s threshold.”
Speaking of familiar face Amanda Palmer ’98, the reviews are in for Theatre Is Evil, the album she funded independently over the summer by taking to Kickstarter and somehow emerging with over a million dollars. Palmer recorded the album with the Grand Theft Orchestra, her latest backing band ensemble. If The Guardian is to be believed, the album “feels like sitting on the bed of your tattooed, far cooler cousin 30 years ago, while she tells you ‘all you need to know’ about music.” Sounds about right. Ben Folds, meanwhile, had this confounding opinion to report: “This record is as good as it gets. You’re going to shit when you hear it. It’s going to be around for ages. Otherwise, it’s total crap.” You can hear the album for yourself on Neil Gaiman’s site, or pay what you want here.
If you’re the visual type, observe Palmer’s gruesome new video for “The Killing Type,” in which her band performs in white in a bright white room before Palmer murders her lover and splashes it all red. (“I’m not the killing type, I’m not the killing type,” she pleads in the track’s lyrics.) If you’re squeamish at all, consider skipping it entirely.
But funding the album isn’t the only task Palmer bestowed on her fans.
Among these already completed and successful Kickstarters lies one, from Wesleyan alumni Chris Correa ‘10,that is looking to hit its funding goal by September 18th. Correa founded Future House Pictures, the production company behind the campaign, in his senior year at Wesleyan. His team includes Robert Hardesty ’12, Justin Douglas ’08, Ian Park ’11, Brian Velsor ’11 and Justin Schwartz ’11.