I think this is one of the coolest projects I've run across that mixes social media and real stories. Donald Miller posted last week that the movie he was making, Blue Like Jazz, had stopped and was on the proverbial backburner in Hollywood because they had been unable to get the funding they needed.
Well two guys decided to do something about it. They started a Kickstarter campaign in which people sign up to contribute an amount to make the movie. Different amounts come with different rewards packages. The amount needed to get the movie made is $125k. In a matter of days they have raised over $90k and counting. It is crazy - this morning the amount was at $85k.
It's really cool to see that this movie, that Miller and company thought was dead, may actually happen because a couple of guys decided that they should try to help get the movie made - it's message was that important to them. And by inviting everyone else along with them to make this happen, we all get to be a part of the story of how it's made.
I've added a widget to the side of my blog that takes you directly the website to learn more about the movie and campaign.
And here's Miller's post from this morning on how something that he thought was dead and God had shut the door on is now becoming a reality. Pretty cool.
**UPDATE: On October 25, 2010 this campaign became the largest crowd-sourced project of all time, with over $345k donated from 276 people. The movie is being made and if you head over to Donald Miller's site/blog, you can details on their progress every Monday, as well as follow specific links on the movie's overall progress.**