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Kickstarter Film Festival

Thursday Oct 15th, at 7:00pm - FREE - Reserve your Tickets  

Grab some popcorn, take a seat, and be ready for some laughs and some tears — the 5th Annual Kickstarter Film Festival is coming to the Rio! 

This year’s festival is bigger than ever. On Thursday October 15, Over 30 theaters across the United States will screen an expertly curated selection of some of the best short and feature films funded on Kickstarter. Here's the full line-up of films!

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7:00pm Program:
Afronauts (short film)
What We Do in the Shadows (86 min)

9:20pm Program:
T-Rex (91 min)
World of Tomorrow (short film)
Submarine Sandwich (short film)


Afronauts (13 min)
Written and directed by Frances Bodomo

Inspired by true events, Afronauts tells an alternative history of the 1960s Space Race. It’s the night of July 16th 1969 and, as America prepares to send Apollo 11 to the moon, a group of exiles in the Zambian desert are rushing to launch their rocket first. They train by rolling their astronaut, 17-year-old Matha Mwamba, down hills in barrels to simulate weightlessness. As the clock counts down to blast off, as the Bantu-7 Rocket looks more and more lopsided, Matha must decide if she’s willing to die to keep her family’s myths alive. Afronauts follows the scientific zeitgeist from the perspective of those who do not have access to it.

What We Do In the Shadows (85 min)
Written and directed by Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi

From the creators of the HBO hit series Flight of the Conchords, Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi co-write, co-direct, and co-star in this hilarious comedy in which an endearingly unhip quartet of  vampires ranging in age from 183 to 8,000 years old, squabble over household chores, struggle to keep up with the latest trends, antagonize the local werewolves, and deal with the rigors of living on a very, very strict diet.  The film also stars Flight of The Conchords’ Rhys Darby, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford, and Jackie Van Beek.


World of Tomorrow (16 min)
Director: Don Hertzfeldt
A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of her distant future.

Submarine Sandwich (2 min)
Written and Directed by PES
Learn how to make a classic sandwich from PES, the guy whose instructional on guacamole began with a grenade.

T-Rex (91 min)
Directors: Zackary Canepari & Drea Cooper

"T-­Rex" is an intimate coming­ of­ age story about a new kind of American heroine. For the first time ever, women’s boxing is included in the 2012 Olympics. Fighting for gold from the U.S. is Claressa “T-­Rex” Shields, just 17 years old, and by far the youngest competitor. From the hard knock streets of Flint, Michigan, Claressa is undefeated and utterly confident. Her fierceness extends beyond the ring. She protects her family at any cost, even when their instability and addictions threaten to derail her dream. Claressa does have one stable force in her life. Coach Jason Crutchfield has trained her since she was a scrawny 11­ year­ old hanging out at his gym. Jason always wanted a champion, he just never thought it’d be a girl. Her relationships with her coach and her family grow tense as she gets closer to her dream. But Claressa is fierce and determined. She desperately wants to take her family to a better, safer place and winning a gold medal could be her only chance.

Earlier Event: October 8
Straight Outta Compton
Later Event: October 16