Zombie movies are a dime a dozen, and Exhibit A Pictures, the folks behind the Star Wars documentary The People Vs. George Lucas are out to find out why. If you'd like to know the answer, you can toss a few dollars their way. You can also crowdfund a gorgeous coming-of-age short film, a figurine of one of the Golden Age's most bizarre superheroes, and a documentary about a young man with Muscular Dystrophy trying to get to space.
Doc of the Dead, by Exhibit A Pictures: In this documentary, director Alexandre O. Philippe and his crew explore zombie culture and try to figure out how the undead reached this media tipping point. The film includes interviews with everyone from fans who participate in zombie walks to George Romero himself, and judging by this snippet of Simon Pegg talking about zombie stormtroopers, they get at some pretty amusing tidbits. For a $20 pledge, you'll receive a digital download of the finished film. [via Boing Boing]
PROSPECT: A Handmade Sci-Fi Short: Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell direct this rather gorgeous looking short film set in a rainforest on a distant planet:
PROSPECT is an unusual coming-of-age story following a teenage girl and her father on a foreign planet as they hunt for resin, the valuable byproduct of rare insects. Inspired in part by the California Gold Rush, the film features a planet of desperate individuals seeking their fortunes, governed only by natural law. When the father is attacked by a roving bandit, the daughter must take vengeance.
For a $20 pledge, you'll receive a digital download of the film. Folks who live near Seattle can also get a ticket to the film's screening for a mere $5 pledge.
Fletcher Hanks' Stardust the Super Wizard Figurine: Stardust was an oddball superhero created by an oddball cartoonist, and this figurine commemorates one of his oddest adventures. After using his transforming ray to turn the evil De Structo into a giant head, Stardust hurls him into a pocket of space where De Structo will be pursued by a headless headhunter. Genius. For a $25 pledge, you'll receive a Stardust figurine—although if you want it shipped to you, you'll need to pledge $36.
Mikey Goes to Space: Like a lot of people, 28-year-old Michael Oliveri wants to go to space. But in addition to the thrill of leaving the confines of Earth, Oliveri has a very specific reason for wanting to go to space. He suffers from muscular dystrophy, and during the one time in his life that he experienced weightlessness, he suffered no pain from his condition. Oliveri is petitioning Richard Branson to grant him a seat on Virgin Galactic and director Geoff Nelson is documenting his journey. For a $20 pledge, you'll receive a digital download of the film, and for a $30 pledge you'll receive the film as well as an "I Sent Mikey to Space" T-shirt.