Two Comebacks – Pickstarter, and Veronica Mars

First, the important news: Yes, I’m starting Pickstarter up again. I won’t make excuses, they’re the same ones you’ve heard before from every other blogger. But I keep coming across all these cool projects, and I want to share! My more reasonable goal now is at least a post a week. How hard can that be, right?

Now, onto the pick.

Veronica Mars was one of my favorite TV series when it was on, and I was sad to see it go. Show creator Rob Thomas has hinted over the years that he wanted to do a followup movie, but so far hasn’t been able to raise studio interest. After hearing of some of the higher-profile successes on Kickstarter, he’s decided to give it a shot there.

The Veronica Mars Movie Project has what they claim to be the highest goal ever on Kickstarter (I don’t know, it could be, I didn’t check with KS), $2 million. As of this writing, they’re at $785,000 and the project just launched. I’m pretty sure they’ll make goal.

I’m a little bit on the fence about this project. One the one hand, I was a big fan of the show, and would love to see a VM movie. But on the other, according to the project description, the money is all going into a Warner Brothers fund for production of the movie. Warner Brothers is needing our money to do this? WTF? But then I also get that WB probably wouldn’t do the movie without demonstrated fan demand. So yeah. Hollywood, I guess.

I’m cheering for the project, I want it to succeed, but I wonder – is this where the major-leagues jump on Kickstarter? Is that a good or a bad thing?

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

It’s an understatement to say the band Big Star was one of the most influential rock bands in history. If you listen to rock at all, you may not know the name, but you definitely know the songs. Your favorite band covered them. You heard that song played on that TV show and thought “Oh yeah, I love that song, I wonder who did it?”

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, is a documentary about the band, and has received great praise from a preview screening at the SXSW music festival. The Kickstarter project is raising money to clear legal rights for the music in the film, and for final editing. They hope to be playing the film in festivals by the end of the year, and a commercial release in early 2013. Some of the pledge rewards for this project are great collectible records, but in very limited supply, so pledge quickly!