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reelectionCongrats to Re-Election: A Web Series for meeting their $25,000 Goal!

Mid-level campaign staffer Jamie must figure out how to undo an election day defeat in order to escape reliving the day over and over.

UPDATE: I had technical issues and could not broadcast today. I will post their answers soon.

How did they do it? How can you prep a Kickstarter campaign for success? Hear live today at 11am PT.

We’ll also have special guests Diani & Devine, who are currently releasing 1-2 videos a day during their Kickstarter.

Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse

Is it harder for two comedians to survive an apocalypse or Hollywood? Diani & Devine spent five months making their initial video (below) & release 1 or 3 new ones every day. You also may just see a familiar face in #Apocatips #14 .





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#FundingFriday : Madness, God & Lemonheads

It’s a big, bright time in fund-raising & crowd-funding.

As always, today brings a new edition of The Crowd Crowd on Turnstyle News. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS or on iTunes. Join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #TheCrowdCrowd.

You can also sneak a peek LIVE every Thursday 5:15-6pmPT.

Every week on The Crowd Crowd, we choose our Latte Fund picks: campaigns we think deserve your $5. I take suggestions in comments or via @CindyMarieJ . Here’s my pick for this week:

TheatreFactory Studio-The Madwoman Of Chaillot

Learn how to pop an ick (I’m serious, whatever that is) & help an indie company with fresh voices bring their vision to life.

Then, of course there is:

Operation LemonHeadMeter

I am a Contributor to Bitter Lemons, and their conversation opening, standards breaking, standards creating, and passion for the local independent theatre scene have done so much for our community in the past five years. For the first time, they ask for your monetary assistance. Everyone writes and edits for free, and no two people put in more time than Enci and Colin.

Let the voices of the audiences actively assist audience development for intimate theatre!

Last but not at all least is not a crowd-funding campaign, and a very worthy cause:

silence no one with websitegoogleplusPlaywright Steve Julian (you may recognize his voice from early morning KPCC) launched an incredibly ambitious project that begins with What Kind of God? which opens Sept. 14th.

Steve and his producing partner Robert Keasler fronted their own funds and credit to produce a show that gives voice to the silenced, tackling such difficult and thought-provoking topics as abuse of power, sexual abuse, coming out as a teen, being gay and Catholic, and body image.

Full Disclosure: I’m Outreach Director for this play, the first in a trilogy under the banner Silence No One. I do not take projects like this onto my plate lightly; their mission means a lot to me. Steve plans for the second play to tackle silencing rape victims in the military.

Watch the videos (first is below) and see some of our great incentives to give. The most important, as always, is to give voice to those who are silenced by people with power over them. Steve does not mean for this play to be a condemnation of the Catholic Church by any stretch; merely a conversation starter, a place for people to feel open to discussing what may have happened to them or their friends.

Ask questions at #WhatGodPlay and follow our efforts through these social media channels: Follow us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitterfollow-us-on-youtube

Most importantly, please see the play and support the silenced.

Passion doesn’t pay the bills

Thanks to a grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, I’m consulting for an exciting new Fringe show Gracie and Rose. Today we launched our IndieGogo campaign!

Check out the video and campaign details. Every dollar and share helps make this show of an even higher quality than if presented on passion and credit cards alone.

Funding Friday Fringe Edition!

Friday May 3


Live Broadcast

Funding Friday: Fringe Edition!

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Guests include: Fund-raising Consultant Michael Kass

Lily Mercer & Allie Costa: Before a Fall

Danielle Ozymandias: The Other F Word

Matthew Hill: Jason ❤ Medea, a fresh look at an ancient love story

Have questions about crowd-funding, fund-raising or the Fringe? Ask in the comments below or tweet to @CindyMarieJ

#SpaceNerd Hangout

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Guests of all experience talk about Space

1st Tuesday of every month

Tonight’s topics: Citizen Space, Crowd-funding for Space & Robotics Revolution

Guests: Etta Devine, Dr. Philip Metzger, Libby Norcross & Amy Pillé.

Host: Cindy Marie Jenkins

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We’ll add these during the Broadcast. Comment with your own relevant links!


Mack A. Bradley is the founder and Principal of StandPoint Public Affairs. He has developed a reputation for excellence as a thoughtful strategic partner, specializing in strategic communications, crisis management, public affairs and media relations. His professional focus is on solving complex communications problems through thoughtful planning and considered implementation. His client experience includes Fortune 100 companies, government agencies at the local and regional level, charitable foundations, not-for-profits and religious organizations.

Etta Devine is best known for portraying the eternally optimistic loser Mary Olson in the short film “Girl’s Night Out” which garnered over 1.3 million hits on Youtube and spawned the web series “Mary Olson.”

After graduating from San Francisco State University she moved to Los Angeles  where she became half of the comedy duo “Diani & Devine” with Gabriel Diani. Often compared to “Nichols & May” and “Burns and Allen,” the two have become audience favorites at comedy clubs and festivals all over the country.

She co-produced and co-starred in the award-winning independent film “The Selling,” published the book “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn [Robotic Edition],” and is a member of the A2 Ensemble at the Antaeus Theater Company.

phil1Dr. Philip Metzger is a senior research physicist at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, where he founded and leads the Granular Mechanics and Regolith Operations Laboratory. He performs research to utilize the soil of extraterrestrial bodies.  He was selected as Kennedy Space Center’s Scientist/Engineer of the Year for 2011.



Houston SCH pic from MichaelLibby Norcross works at an educational space simulator called the Challenger Learning Center, where she wears a flight suit and encourages kids in science and reaching for the future. In her spare time she travels on geeky vacations, takes classes toward another college degree, doodles inspirational posters, and generally spends her time wondering how in the world she gets to have all the experiences she does.

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Amy Pillé (@A_neutron) is a corporate defense attorney practicing in Charleston, SC. She is part of a coordinating counsel team that manages product liability litigation on national, regional and local levels. She is also an avid tech and social media enthusiast, with roots in amateur radio. In what little spare time she has, Amy enjoys sleeping and getting scolded soundly by Abigail, aka Princess Pretty Paws, in the wee hours of the morning. (Shaun, Husband Extraordinaire, often helps out with Abby…no really, our household is basically just a cat entourage…for one cat.)

Watch 1st Broadcast on Space Mining & Citizen Space & See Great Images

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We are the Explorers, a movie trailer for our space program. http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/we-are-the-explorers-a-movie-trailer-for-our-space-program


30 days left. $43,485 out of $33,000 goal.  132% and still going!




Liftport Space Elevator Science. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/michaellaine/space-elevator-science-climb-to-the-sky-a-tethered


Complete.  $110,353 out of $8,000 goal.  1,379% wow!




The Edge and Back; 6th graders send a camera to near-orbit. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/scifres/the-edge-and-back?ref=yir2012


Complete.  $5,100 out of $3,600 goal. 142%




Final Frontier designs spacesuit for the commercial space industry. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/872281861/final-frontier-designs-3g-space-suit?ref=yir2012


Complete.  $27,632 out of $20,000 goal. 138%




Sending 1000 student projects to the edge of space (experiments and projects are made by kindergartners, university professors, high school science classes and home schools kids) http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1569698176/1000-student-projects-to-the-edge-of-space?ref=yir2012


Complete.  $12,466 out of $9,000 goal. 139%




Uwingu  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/uwingu-a-new-way-to-fund-space-exploration-research-and-education


Complete, $79,896 out of $75,000 goal. 107%




National Space Society  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/we-are-the-explorers-a-movie-trailer-for-our-space-program


Complete, $43,225 out of $33,000 goal. 131%




StarForge, a game about gathering resources, building bases, crafting anything you want, and surviving on an alien planet.http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/starforge


Complete.  $135,453 out of $75,000 goal. 181%




DIY Space Capsule Tycho Deep Space II http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/diy-space-capsule-tycho-deep-space-ii


Complete. $10,765 out of $10,000 goal. 108%




Send an Artist to Space University  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/send-an-artist-to-space-university


Complete.  $1,705 of $1,500 goal. 114%




Tweets in Space, beaming tweets toward possible life-supporting exoplanets.  http://www.rockethub.com/7291#description-tab


Complete.  $8,739 out of $8,500 goal. 103%




Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project. http://www.rockethub.com/projects/14882-lunar-orbiter-image-recovery-project


Complete. $62,585 out of $70,500. 89%. (not 100%, but still pretty good!)




Still on-going:




Golden Spike  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/golden-spike-is-sending-nations-and-people-to-the-moon-join-in


23 days left.  $9,317 out of $240,000 goal.  Has a new strategy to achieve goal, with 50 coordinators (one in each state or nation), each raising just $5000.




Stott Space  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lets-make-a-space-movement


7 days left, $451 out of $100,000 goal.




Ignite Passion in kids about STEM and Space: Soyuz Space Launch Adventure.  http://www.rockethub.com/projects/22119-ignite-passion-in-kids-about-stem-and-space-soyuz-space-launch-adventure


46 days left.  $5,385 out of $35,000 goal.




Not as successful as hoped:




Kansas City Space Pirates laser powered flight experiment  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dawn-of-laser-powered-flight?website_name=KCSP


Complete. $2,492 of $6,000 goal. 42%.




Project NOVA, sending a weather balloon to the edge of space.  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/project-nova


Complete.  $315 out of $800 goal. 39%




MAN ON THE MOON exhibit at Space Center Houston. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1000925937/moonbug-0


Complete.  $10,896 out of $30,000 goal. 36%




The Hubble Roadshow is an event series, http://www.rockethub.com/projects/11188-the-hubble-roadshow


Complete.  $6,080 out of estimated $55,000 goal.  11% (percentage given by online widget)




Remote control orbital spacecraft.  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/join-the-remote-controlled-spacecraft-mission


Complete.  $688 out of $45,000 goal. 2%




Shackleton Energy Company http://www.rockethub.com/projects/3822-shackleton-energy-companypropellant-depots


Complete, $5,517 raised out of $1,200,000 goal. 0.5%




Canadian Air and Space Museum http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-new-canadian-air-space-museum


Complete.  $23,939 of $500,000 goal. 5%




Shackleton Crater lunar colonization strategy game http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/470015043/shackleton-crater?ref=discover_pop


Canceled about ½ through. $27,460 out of $700,000 goal. 4% when canceled.




Spacepoints, developing an online community to share space news and excitement. http://www.rockethub.com/projects/10943-support-space-outreach-at-ludicrous-speeds


Complete.  $190 out of (approx?) $10,000 goal. 2% (percentage reported by online widget)




SpaceOps, build a space capsule.  http://www.rockethub.com/projects/11042-put-the-usa-back-in-space-today


Complete.  $210. Goal somewhere in $20,000 range.  Reported as 1% per widget.




SHAAKE Mission – CSDC@YorkU, design and build a small satellite.  http://www.rockethub.com/projects/6569-shaake-mission-csdc-yorku


Complete.  $200. Goal somewhere in $20,000 range.  Reported as 1% per widget.




Arc Light-High Altitude Balloon Project. http://www.rockethub.com/projects/6022-arc-light-high-altitude-balloon-project


Complete. $60 out of approx. $500 goal. 12%




1st Vehicle Racing Championship on the Moon, preparing the 1st Vehicle Racing Championship on the Moon.http://www.rockethub.com/projects/11734-1st-vehicle-racing-championship-on-the-moon


Complete. $10. Goal estimated $1000. 1% per widget.



Boot Camp for Space Entrepreneurs.  http://www.rockethub.com/projects/11843-crowdfund-boot-camp-for-space-entrepreneurs


Complete.  $240. Goal in $10,000 range.  2% per widget.




Note:  Planetary Resources was in the news in June and July of 2012 that they were considering a Kickstarter Campaign, but they never did initiate one.




Movies that are maybe not so much related to promoting space:


Rocketship Misfits, a movie about a young man who struggles to hide his past from those that depend on him in a nation-wide space shuttle prototype competition.  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rocketship-misfits


Complete. $2,500 out of $5,000 goal.


Rocket Men, a movie about two middle-aged men who try to build a homemade rocket and travel to space. http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rocket-men


Complete.  $3,500 out of $3,500 goal.




Funding Friday: The Indy Covergence

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The Indy Convergence IndieGogo

Indy Convergence brings artists together to collaborate and take bold steps in their work in an intense two-week residency program in Indianapolis, IN.

The Indy Convergence connects and empowers professional artists of all disciplines through meaningful residencies where artists postercreate new work, collaborate across genres and teach community workshops.

What does that really mean? Each year we choose 12 outstanding professioanl arists to join us in Indianapolis at the Wheeler Arts Community theater in Fountain Square for two weeks. While we’re all there, each artist is given eight and only eight hours of rehearsal to develop a new project with the idea of saying “yes” to themselves.

Each participant also leads a workshop in their area of expertise- everyone must attend each workshop. That means we have dancers singing, directors acting, muscians making puppets and designers writing poems. The wonderful part about these workshops is that they are FREE to anyone who wants to attend. Check out our schedule of workshop in April on our website.

Finally, eveyone who participates in an Indy Convergence residency works on the “Umbrella Project”. No, it’s not about umbrellas. This project is the core of the Indy Convergence mission- to get artists from different backgrounds working successfully together to create something meaningful- not just art for other artists of a certain field.
We hope you’ll join us this year in Fountain Square. There are a bunch of new restaruants opening up down there too. So make it a day and join us for a workshop or our informal Open Lab Performance on June 1, 2013. But, first, for all this to happen we need you to help us reach our goal. Donate now!

The Money Business:

What does your donaiton does….physically in the space once we’ve retrived it from the bank.

$20 will make copies for a new play being presented at Indy Convergence.

$50 covers the cost of one speicalized lighting instrument rental.

$100 will sponsor a workshop that teaches people about how to use  Improvisation in any arts field….or life in general.

$136 covers the cost of one month at our storage unit, so all the things we buy for people can be re-used in a different project next year. Check out how we re-use materials here.

$250 will cover our costs of an entire day at Indy Convergence including gas for transporting participants, space rental, and much needed coffee.

$350 sponsors an entire project. This includes addition space rental, building materials, special props and again… much needed coffee to get those creative juices flowing.

$1,000 will cover most of our administrative costs for the behind the scenes work the staff works on before the big event.

$1,500  covers the theater rental costs for the entire residency….and again, the extra coffee.

No Cash? No Problem!

There are plenty of other ways you can help Indy Convergence reach our $4,500 goal. Do you:

  • Know a blogger who would want to write about us?
  • Know a business owner who could sponsor a program?
  • Have excellent fine motor skills for hanging posters?
  • Want to house an artist?
  • Donate a meal or materials for a project?

If you have any of these or any other unique skills you’d like to donate get in touch with us. And the BEST thing you can do to help is SHARE this like a bad rumor! Contactcaitlin@indyconvergence.org if you have a talent or time you are able to donate.

The Trouble With Words [Funding Fridays]


Coeurage Theater Company announced they’re bringing back their hit musical The Trouble With Words – bigger,better and brighter – but they need your help. Read through to see where the money’s going and how you can take part.
Find a discount code at the bottom to a cool How-To Kickstarter Video Workshop. 
CMJ: Why are you bringing TTWW back?
Jeremy Lelliot, Artistic Director of Coeurage:
We feel like we haven’t really done the show yet, not the way it deserves to be done. It’s hard to conceive, since the workshop production was such a runaway success for us, but this is the world premiere as far as we’re concerned. So much is new: new songs, new set, new creative team, major revisions to the script and score… this is the fully realized version that we’re ready to share with Los Angeles.
Greg Nabours, Composer/Lyricist TTWW:
The original production of The Trouble With Words was actually a workshop production. Songs were still being written up until (and into) the week before we opened. We managed to cram six actors and six musicians onto a stage no larger than most people’s kitchen, and we did what we could with a piggy bank budget.  Somehow, we ended up attracting all the right attention and winning multiple awards, but it was always meant to be a workshop.  This production is the real thing.  All of the weaker elements from the first production have been cut or reimagined, and the new material that is taking its place really launches the show into new territory.  On top of better material, we are adding a choreographer, a set designer, a costume designer, a sound designer, a live mixer, and a publicist.  We don’t consider this as “bringing TTWW back.” We actually think of this as the world premiere of a new musical!
CMJ: What will the Kickstarter funds benefit and why is that important to the production?
The Kickstarter funds represent about half of our budget, so we’re doubling our resources for designers and production values. We have a lot of top notch folks working on this one that we wouldn’t have been able to afford on our own.
The Kickstarter campaign is essentially our backbone right now.  We pulled in the best talent we could find, and that kind of knowledge and skill doesn’t come cheap.  We want to see how far we can get with this show, but we can’t do it alone. We believe that a successful Kickstarter campaign will actually allow this show a pathway to New York and beyond.
CMJ: What are your coolest perks?
For 30.00 you get an autographed cd, digital download, Coeurage tote bag, and TTWW pin. That’s more like a good deal on a purchase than a reward for a donation. For 10,000.00 we’ll do a live reenactment of Indecent Proposal starring Greg as Demi Moore. Plus you get every other incentive we’re offering.
Clearly, the coolest perk is the $1,000 mark. At that point, on top of getting all the merch that we have to offer and drinks with the cast, you also get a personalized song written by me (and a live performance of said song).  I’ve been paid more from people who were looking for the perfect proposal or an anniversary gift, so I actually think a grand for a song (and I can write a great song in any genre of music) is a fair trade.  Our show did win LA’s highest theatre award (the Ovation) for best original music and lyrics, after all.
Clearly the WORST perk (not that you asked) is the $10,000 mark. At that point, our company has agreed to do a live reenactment of the film Indecent Proposal, with myself as the female lead. I don’t actually remember agreeing to this, but I will follow through with it if someone actually pays that amount. 
CMJ: What was your favorite audience reaction during the first production?
Nicki, our general manager, came to almost every performance and bawled. A lot of the time it was tears of pride and joy for Greg. She was genuinely concerned about being a distraction (she never was). She often hid herself in the back row.
This is a hard one, as many stories come to mind.  As the run progressed, we started seeing more and more industry professionals in the audience.  After one particular performance, Jason Alexander walked up onstage after the show and asked if he could take me out to lunch. After another performance, a Disney representative took my info for future projects. 
BUT my favorite was during a song near the end of the show, Raincloud.  Apparently an audience member connected a little too much with the song. He started crying early in the song, and he gradually reached hysterics by the end.  In a tiny theater, this is very difficult to ignore. Eventually his sobs were louder than the actors and the band, and other audience members were having a hard time not laughing at the situation. I took it as a compliment…though I do wish he had waited ’til after the show to give it. 

Ovation Award Winning
The Trouble With Words by Gregory Nabours
March 1st – March 31st
A song cycle that explores the relationships people have with words and how language affects our everyday life.


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