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Historic Theatre seeks online crowdfunding for a digital upgrade

Historic Theatre seeks online crowdfunding for a digital upgrade

It’s just a novelty. It’s never going to last. Or will it? That question has dogged every movie-technology upgrade since silents became talkies and black-and-white went Technicolor. And that’s the question dogging a timeless movie-going couple in a frankly hilarious Kickstarter video — a so-called “Kigstarter” video — posted by downtown Vancouver’s historic Kiggins movie theater. The Kiggins is looking for an $85,000 kick from Kickstarter — which means you — by Monday if it is to join the 21st century and upgrade its movie-showing equipment from celluloid film to…

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And Now Here’s a Kickstarter to Raise Money for Educational Live-Action Role Playing

And Now Here’s a Kickstarter to Raise Money for Educational Live-Action Role Playing

For a nice change of pace, here’s an innovation in education that’s got absolutely nothing to do with iPads. A group called Seekers Unlimited is trying to raise $8,000 on Kickstarter to release a series of “edu-LARPs.” That would be educational live action role-playing games. “You might think of it as re-enactors with foam swords, but there’s much more to it than that,” says the organization’s fundraising coordinator, Whitney Beltran, in an accompanying video. The explainer shows kids in Babylonian headdresses adjudicating according to the Code of Hammurabi, which sounds like a great…

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How crowdfunding made this Vancouver production a reality

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A Vancouver restaurant, pre-theatre crowd. A mother and daughter, dining on Middle Eastern food, deep in discussion. Daughter: “Mom, you should direct a production of Chekhov’s Three Sisters. So who can we persuade in town to hire you to do that?” Mother: “Nobody, because Vancouver isn’t doing the classics any more. So forget it. I’m too old. I’m not self-producing any more. I’ve done too many co-ops and I can’t ask these people who earn their living in the theatre to do this for nothing and put up their own…

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Crowdfunding makes its way to Broadway

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When Jeff Bowen’s off-Broadway musical “Now. Here. This.” closed last year, he and his collaborators were left with some great things — plenty of good reviews, some new fans and memories. That was great, but what they really wanted was a cast album. A recording would be both a great marketing tool and a souvenir. But “Now. Here. This.” wasn’t a blockbuster Broadway show, and it had already ended its run. Major record labels weren’t exactly beating a path to his door to get it recorded. So Bowen, who starred…

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