Singer/pianist/lyricist/composer/performance artist Amanda Palmer, a.k.a. Amanda Fucking Palmer or AFP, is the epitome of an American indie artist. She’s bold, unapologetic, bisexual, with awesomely hairy armpits and actual pubic hair. She organized an unbinding flash mob wedding between her and writer Neil Gaiman in 2010, then made it legal in 2011 in a private ceremony hosted by literary power couple Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon. Unafraid of addressing provocative issues, she’s fought against Prop 8 and blogged about her own abortion and date rape.
We’re used to our friends’ Kickstarter pleas and occasionally throw cash their way (the average project that meets its funding goals rakes in about $5,000). Recently, however, some big names in indie talent have made headlines thanks to their own campaigns on the crowdfunding platform. In this corner, we’ve got punk cabaret doyenne Amanda Palmer, who raised almost $1.2 million via Kickstarter to fund her new album. And in the blue trunks, we’ve got Oscar-nominated documentarians Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (JESUS CAMP, THE BOYS OF BARAKA), who wowed everyone at Sundance with their latest film DETROPIA, but still failed to find a distribution deal. Instead, they’ve