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Buffalo, NY… through the eyes of Kickstarter

Queen-City-Conquest-Buffalo-NYThis morning I was reminded by a BRO reader to send a shout-out regarding some of the local crowd funding campaigns that are being generated in the area. Along with the request, said reader also included a few links to campaigns that he thought we should highlight. Some of the campaigns are fully funded, while others are still looking for support. The fund goals range from $500 to thousands of dollars.

The first link that I clicked on took me to Queen City Conquest (QCC) – a crowd funding effort that has already surpassed its $7500 pledge goal. In a nutshell, QCC is a convention for gamers that takes place at the Convention Center in September. Of course the funds required to pull off the festival were contingent upon the loyalty of the local gaming community. You can check out the plea video, the rewards and other details of the event by clicking here.

After doing some of my own exploring on Kickstarter I came across Buffalo Juggalos – a film that documents the Juggalo subculture in Buffalo, NY. The what? In this instance, I’m not even going to ruin the surprise. Suffice to say that you will just have to check out this link and watch the video in order to get a glimpse into a world that I barely knew existed locally. Talk about Insane Clown Posse on acid… and in real life. Directed by Scott Cummings.

Image: Eliza Hittman
Image: Eliza Hittman

Moving on (in what direction I’m not exactly sure), I had to include another fundraising campaign that I became aware of at the beginning of the week. For all of you B (possibly Z) film lovers out there, local director/co-producer Gregory Lamberson – the man behind I was a Teenage Zombie, Slime City, Slime City Massacre, The Legend of Six Fingers, Dry Bones, along with a number of other films that he has had a hand in, has set out to make his biggest film yet. This is the one that he feels will bust out nationally in no time. The new film is called Killer Rack, and let’s just say that it’s classified in the zombified comedic horror genre, and soon to be cult classic (for everyone who wanted to see a botched boob job lead to potential world domination by a pair of implants). Check out the video and all of the details by clicking this link. Greg has pulled together some of Buffalo’s biggest guns in the B-movie industry.


Add to the fully funded Kickstarter list – Season 2 of a web series called Hero and Sidekick. The two superheroes do such as great job at fighting crime that they wipe it out altogether. Now that they are retired, they need medical attention but don’t have insurance. So, they must commit a crime in order to then fight it… to get their benefits… to… um… well, you’re just going to have to watch the rest by heading to Kickstarter.

Dick Johnson & Tommygun VS the Cannibal Cop. Ever heard of the film? That’s because it hasn’t been funded yet. But it’s LOOSELY based on a true story while also being based in Buffalo. Something about a woman-eating cop… action, horror, comedy… the two mismatched homicide detectives must solve the case. Appears to be an ode to some of the craziest psycho-exploitation films made back in the day – these guys are even using real blood for special effects. To see more, take a gander at Kickstarter.


Finally there’s Buffalo Chicken Wigs… not “WINGS” but wigs. The film’s plot is described as follows: “Boris must win the prize at the national wig stylist competition to afford the changes needed to save his beloved chicken and wig shop.” Filmed in Buffalo NY by turning the second floor of the Ukrainian Center into The Wig Boutique. This film has already managed to round up its funding of $5000. Click here to see why people thought it a worthy project.

Stay tuned for more crowd funding drives in weeks to come!


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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