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A Kickstarter Film Documentary about Autism in Las Vegas

20 Jul

Documentary to help autism via the arts and tech in Nevada.

by David Berkowitz

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1456183616/documentary-about-autism-in-las-vegas-and-music-th

Our goal is to make a documentary about autistic people in Las Vegas, what is being done the programs, people & results, real life.

In April 2012, the Centers for Disease Control announced that 1 in 80 children are diagnosed with autism. This has drawn global attention with over 71 percent of Americans expressing interest in learning more about autism alone. We aim to capture how real autistic people in Las Vegas, NV are dealing with the realty of autism. Personally I have a vested interest in bringing attention to autism. I am a high functioning father of 3 autistic kids and I would like to tell my story of our lives with autism as well as others in Las Vegas and their experiences with autism. In addition we will illustrate what is being done to help autism in Nevada as well especially in programs targeted to music, the arts, dance, music therapy and theater related programs .This film is targeted towards those families impacted by autism. As mentioned earlier I truly have a vested interest in helping bring exposure to autism, autism awareness and the autism programs in Nevada.

I met Temple Grandin a couple of times and she says that arts saved her life. I was in band for 7 years myself and it certainly helped me.

In regards to the documentary it consists of:

1) A overview on some of the autism for profit and nonprofit in the Las Vegas especially the ones that are focused around the arts, music, technology and music therapy as well as respite programs. It will detail what is being done now as what will be done in the next 12 months to improve the lives of people with autism.

2) Interviews with 10+ families that have been affected by autism and their stories especially ones that have experienced beneficial programs involving music and the arts and what can be done to improve them as well as what has been effective.

3) Information on my experience with autism and that of my family as well as my intentions as far as trying to help people with autism via tech, music and the arts. I will elaborate as to our initial plans and long term goals to help autistic people via technology, music and the arts and what it will take to make it happen and the impact on the local autism community as well.

We plan to do local interviews with autism programs that are involved with tech music and the arts. We will talk to families of people with autism, their friends, if we can we will talk to the people with autism as to their thoughts and opinions of the benefits that the arts, autism programs and music have added to their lives and quality of life.

This film explores and will show how art, music and technology can help individuals with autism communicate and express themselves. We will also illustrate the benefits that the families of the folks with autism have as a form of respite and culture too.

We need your help to illustrate how the arts, music and tech have and can improve the lives of those with autism as well as their families.

The following is what we need help with:

We want to get our message out there to as many people as possible. Our intent is to submit the film produce a finished DVD for sale, on the web and maybe a film festival as well.

In order to do the film we need:

-Equipment to film the movie

-Equipment or outside services to edit the film

-Help to review, and make changes to improve the film

-Audio Editing and subtitling

– Final Color Correction

– Audio Mixing

– DVD Replication and Packaging

– Digital Cinematic Package production to screen in cinemas and festivals

– Festival submission costs

We’re asking for the minimum it will cost to get all this done, but every dollar we receive will help us accomplish our goal and distribute the film.

Please,

– Give what you can

– Tell everyone you know

– Help us spread the word

Thank you and we hope you love the film as much as we do.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1456183616/documentary-about-autism-in-las-vegas-and-music-th

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Valta: energy usage simplified – #kickstarter

7 Jul

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/671204280/valta-energy-usage-simplified

New Kickstarter project combines smartphone
and wireless technology to end energy waste

Toronto June 23, 2013 – Smartphone users will soon be able to control and monitor any electronic appliance in their home or office with the touch of a button, if a Toronto-based start-up has their way.

The valta system, as it’s called, launched this week on Kickstarter. It is a ‘smart’ outlet, phone app, and power system that creates an RF network and allows users to control and monitor devices in the home and office.

The valta system is designed to do things that other so-called ‘smart’ systems cannot do, say company representatives.

Standby power detection: Valta is the only product on the market place that can detect unused devices in standby mode, which enables us to send push message to your mobile device to remind you to turn it off. By doing this, valta aims to change user behavior to adopt a more sustainable usage pattern for the long term.

Geofencing: Valta’s app has the capability to detect whether you are at home or away automatically through your smartphone. A valta user can set the app to turn off devices when away from home, and turn back on upon arrival home. The system is designed to avoid “Ooops, I forgot” moments while at the same time saving energy.

Extremely low power usage: By leveraging 915 MHz RF, valta sockets use less energy than any of its competitors (0.6 watts). Most energy management solution uses Wi-Fi, which consumes more energy, and in many cases, more energy than the standby power consumption of the devices they are monitoring. Why should anyone use a power-saving system that might use more power itself?

Better connectivity: Most people use Wi Fi for their Internet connectivity, so interference is a given. By leveraging 915 MHz RF, valta gets better range and less interference than Wi Fi or other solutions. Valta sockets have a minimum range of 100 meters, while Wi-Fi modules typically have a range of 50 meters.

Sleek Design: Most similar products in the market place are clunky and impractical. Sockets are large and cover up the entire wall plug, which takes away from practicality of the product. Valta sockets are sleek and minimalistic and designed to look good in the home or office. Plugging one in does not interfere with the customers from using the other plug for other purposes.

For more information on the kickstarter launch visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/671204280/valta-energy-usage-simplified?ref=live

About Valta:
Valta was started to bring transparency to electricity usage. The company founders wanted the masses to understand how energy is being used and wasted, and what we can do about it. Most energy management systems only allow you to turn on-and-off electrical devices remotely. The ones with energy measurements to help you manage usage are too technical and require insider knowledge and background to navigate. Some of this can be quite difficult to understand. The goal at Valta is to make energy management easy to understand by creating an elegant, yet simple to use system that can truly help people manage their energy usage without sacrificing their life style. Valta believes being energy efficient no longer just means turning down the thermostat, or turning off the light when you leave the room, it means eliminating energy waste. Valta provides a tool to use energy without wasting it, and help users to adopt more sustainable usage patterns.

Press Kit:
Here are our product videos posted on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__EuXVfpSKg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_ot-8XFJkY

Here are our product videos posted on vimeo:
http://vimeo.com/69059874

For product pictures, we have posted on behance at the following link for ease of download: http://www.behance.net/gallery/valta-remote-energy-management-system/9488837

Media Contacts

Toronto:
Jeff Lin
416-689-8288
Jeff.Lin@valta.com

Denver:
Tom Boyd
Flat Earth Media
970.331.3715
tom@tlrboyd.com

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/671204280/valta-energy-usage-simplified

The Carrie Pilby Movie Kickstarter Only 7 Days left!

6 Jul

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/braveartfilms/carrie-pilby-the-movie

Indie Spirit Award winner Susan Johnson and producers Suzanne Farwell and Susan Cartsonis are bringing Carrie Pilby to life.



We are adapting critically-acclaimed novel Carrie Pilby by Caren Lissner into a script from which we will make a wonderful, thought-provoking, ultimately uplifting film.

Carrie Pilby’s eponymous main character is a 19-year old genius who graduated from Harvard early and has no idea how to fit in, date or talk to people. She believes the majority of her hometown, New York City, to be sex-obsessed, immoral hypocrites. Despite her father’s “Big Lie” about meeting like individuals at college, she felt the same way about her college peers, and an affair with her college professor only left her more isolated and alone. Her therapist gives her a five-point plan to test her very black-and-white beliefs. Ultimately, Carrie faces the universal coming-of-age (at any age) question: Which tradeoffs, if any, are acceptable in order to “fit in”?

Carrie Pilby was among the first novels published by Harlequin Enterprises’s Red Dress Ink imprint in 2003, an imprint created primarily to take advantage of the then-burgeoning “chick lit” phenomenon that included humorous books about young women like Bridget Jones’ Diary. In its first incarnation, Carrie Pilby was noted in various newspaper articles as one of the smarter and more unique novels in the genre. It proved successful, selling more than 50,000 copies. After the chick-lit market became saturated, Harlequin stopped publishing novels under the Red Dress Ink imprint, but in 2010 Carrie Pilby was chosen as one of the first books to be re-released under their new Harlequin Teen line. The novel was also published in France on June 1, 2010 as one of the first four titles released under the Harlequin French imprint Darkiss, with subsequent adaptations proving successful in Italy, Mexico, England, Australia and Indonesia.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/braveartfilms/carrie-pilby-the-movie

Super Zero- a film that celebrates the average, the eccentric, and the powerless. #Kickstarter

3 Jul

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/811236299/super-zero-0

A geeky, shy and terminally ill teen rises from utter insignificance to become a Zombie Assassin and mankind’s last hope for survival.

The film follows 19-year-old engineering prodigy Josh Hershberg, an overweight, introverted and terminally ill gamer kid who has given up hope that he matters to the world. As Josh contemplates what future, if any, is worth looking forward to, a zombie apocalypse breaks out and quickly ravages the planet.

Josh suffers from a rare form of brain cancer. For some reason, this tricks the zombies into sensing he’s already dead and they simply ignore him. As the world crumbles around him, Josh takes advantage of his condition. He utilizes his engineering expertise to craft ridiculously powerful weapons to obliterate the undead and save the rest of humanity.

Think of Josh as a cross between Leonardo da Vinci and 'Lardass' from Stand By Me.Think of Josh as a cross between Leonardo da Vinci and ‘Lardass’ from Stand By Me.

Unlike most films, Josh isn’t asked to change who he is. He’s the same shy, geek-culture lover he’s always been. He’s just like so many of us; a good person who tries hard, but has never been given the platform to succeed. But, since the world is flipped upside down, he now possesses ‘God Mode’ and is the most powerful human being on the planet!

THE APOCALYPSE: As a result of unprecedented events, the world’s water supply is vanishing. Luckily, the Mars rover has discovered a massive untapped reservoir under the Red Planet’s surface.

A sample of that liquid is on its way back home to be studied when the rocket carrying the payload crashes while re-entering Earth’s atmosphere. Society quickly learns this water is not our salvation, but instead carries a horrific microbe that infects the population.


The Ultimate “Designer Handbag” for Fashion Conscious Women #kickstarter

3 Jul

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The Ultimate “Designer Handbag” for Fashion Conscious Women

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/680323257/luxury-handbags-for-fashion-conscious-working-prof

Most of the bags found in luxury retail are found to be too large or too small, too heavy, too loud, practical but not stylish, stylish but overpriced or just impractical. We found out that the hardest bag to find is one for work. This is why we wanted to create the perfect handbag that is both practical and stylish, and that would support working women from the morning till the evening.

Esin Akan bags are light, made with top quality, scratch free leather and can accommodate all work essentials such as laptop, Ipad, iphone, a gym kit all in an organised way. The size of the bags are carefully engineered for petite women. They are cavernous but do not look too big on you. We pay specific attention to minimise the weight of the bag to prevent back aches and make it easy for the women to carry it when it is full capacity. The design of the bag is based on intensive research on trends of the next season through visiting international leather fairs, trend conferences and travel. You will no longer feel ashamed in a client meeting nor you will feel unstylish when you attend an after-work drinks…With EA bags we aim to make you feel stylish, elegant and smart at all times.

Please take a moment and have a look at our Kickstarter-

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/680323257/luxury-handbags-for-fashion-conscious-working-prof

The Bull Run Game for Iphone, Android And Tablet #Kickstarter

3 Jul

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1703775908/bull-run

Help the raging bull reach the Bull Ring. Squashing runners and tomatoes while avoiding obstacles along the way..

Bull Run is designed for the i-phone, Android and Tablet market. I have been working on the Bull Run project since Autumn 2012. So far I have been working on it on a part-time basis. With your support I can afford to work on this project full time. I plan to have level 1 completed by October 2013 with two more levels completed by February 2014.

The money raised will also go towards employing a programmer for the game. I have worked hard to get this far and I am determined to see this project through to a successful conclusion.

Max Adventure Kickstarter

3 Jul

Nemisian Guard

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/745887390/max-adventure

Max Adventure has had a bad day. He’s become lost in space, sucked into a black hole, and crash landed on a strange planet. Only two people know where he is: His lively sidekick Tug-Butt, and his feisty friend Phem. Together, they help their new friends, the Nemisians, fight against the evil Seth Cordall and the Goranian Army. Along they way they learn valuable life lessons while meeting strange and wonderful new people. And hope that one day, they can find a way home.