Comedian Bill Maher—who has made a career out of attacking conservatives and recently donated $1 million to the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action, said that all the NEA grants in history have yet to produce a piece of art as compelling as "truck nuts," an invention of the private sector. And the rise of crowdfunding—a way for independent artists to raise money for their projects through the Internet—give weight to his argument.
Nation's leading crowdfunding website kickstarter.com announced on its blog last week that the 2012 SXSW Film Festival will feature 31 films funded through Kickstarter, which comes on the heels of 17 films featured at Sundance that were also funded through Kickstarter.Films include a documentary about '70s power-pop band Big Star, a documentary about American superheroines from Wonder Woman on, and The Last Fall, the debut feature from former NFL wide receiver Matthew A. Cherry, which examines life after pro football.
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