You know what's a constant fountain of cool projects that are, to varying degrees, totally solarpunk? Kickstarter. It's where I got my solar puff, where Reading Rainbow got brought back, and just scroll through the most funded projects in almost all the categories, like half the projects could be defended as solarpunk.
And we love supporting cool projects, and since we're both broke, there's nothing we can do that's more helpful than signal boosting! So we're going to start featuring projects as they come around that we think Solarpunk Press readers might be interested.
And the first one we want to higlhight is "Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin," a documentary about an author who I admire immensely. Anyone who's into solarpunk should definitely check out her work: it's amazing, and she's done incredible and groundbreaking things with politics in science fiction.
Arwen Curry, the creator of the Kickstarter page, has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for most of the projected cost of this project -- $600,000 out of $800,000 -- and the Kickstarter has already met its initial goal of $80,000. The plan was to use Kickstarter and seek other grants, since NEH won't release the $600k until she's raised the other $200k.
But since she blew through the first goal so quickly, now she's looking to hit the whole amount -- $200,000 -- from Kickstarter, which would allow her to stop worrying about other funding and get started on the film.
There are 14 days to go, and she's at about $156,000. The lowest reward tier is $10 and $25 is the first one at which you get to see the movie as part of the package. Some of the really huge limited-availability rewards are still available, too.