Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Kickstart This!

Here's your weekly list of Kickstarter (and Indiegogo) campaigns that deserve some attention!

MEMORIAS DEL FUEGO: Women and Revolution in Nicaragua by Jenny Murray and Laura Tomaselli is a film about the disappearing stories of women who fought in Nicaragua's Sandinista Revolution, and their continuing struggles for justice.
MEMORIAS DEL FUEGO is a feature-length documentary about the stories, struggles, and triumphs of Sandinista women in Nicaragua who refused to conform – changing the face of their country. They played a vital role in winning the Sandinista Revolution of 1979, but four decades later they are still fighting for social equality. We knew we had to try to film these stories, so we went this April using only our savings and borrowed equipment to capture what we could, and found more than we imagined.

Butterfly Women is a documentary about two WW2 survivors of sexual slavery on a mission for justice, Il-Chul Kang (age 86) and Ok-seon Lee (age 87).
It wasn't until twenty years ago that Halmonies like Ok-seon and Il-chul have come out publicly with their testimonies. Many women have lived in silence to avoid being ostracized by their families and society. Halmonies who have broken their silence are giving the remainder of their lives to activism in the hopes of securing an official apology from Japan.

Paper Rocket Minicomics Fall Bundle: a comic (Limp Wrist), a zine (Micro-Press Yearbook), and a limited edition print.
Limp Wrist is the story of a woman looking back at her childhood, and her memories of growing up misgendered and being bullied for acting feminine. It was written by Scout Wolfcave and adapted and drawn by Penina Gal. It's being published for the first time in full-color.

Dr. Dawn Adams and Jo Belasco have written a book explaining the biomechanics of horse riding, which is perfect for those who ride horses as well as anyone fascinated with movement and nature.
The Science of Riding with Feel: Horse Biomechanics and You is... a unique and very different look at real horse biomechanics that sets a new standard for the horse community. The scientist member of our team, Dawn Adams, explains the anatomy and physics that determine horse posture and movement with accuracy and insight. And because she's an award-winning science educator she does it with humor and clarity in a way that's accessible to everyone. And the horse professional part of our team, Jo Belasco, connects the biomechanics to principles of riding using methods she’s successfully applied in lessons and clinics for riders of all levels, in disciplines ranging from dressage to Western trail and in venues from the classical arena to the basic backyard. There is literally no other book like this available. You can see what’s in the book, including its table of contents and a sample chapter, here.

Dreaming Robot Press wants to bring the love of SciFi to younger readers in its 2014 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide: Tales of Science Fiction for a Middle Grade Audience
We’re creating an anthology of age appropriate stories that all kids can identify with. We have great stories, from a wide range of writers and a diverse set of characters – girls, boys, robots… everyone belongs here!

Of the stories we've accepted so far, 80% have female main characters. We don't have girls who are prizes to be won, or waiting to be rescued. All of our heroines and heroes are on their own adventure, not a side note in someone else's.

GX: Everyone Games #GX3, the new incarnation of GaymerX -- the annual gaming convention in San Francisco touting a truly inclusive atmosphere -- is crowdsourcing its 2015 convention.
We've become more and more aware that not all of our attendees identify with the 'gaymer' label. And while we love all our gay dude friends, we realize there are more people than that who want an awesome space to hang with their friends in a safe and diverse environment. We want to make sure we represent everyone who feels like they've been left out of mainstream gamer culture.


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