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Best Websites for Crowdfunding Your Project

Community Media, News and Views By Lee Walker Helland

MNN community producers! We know you're all full of innovative digital-media ideas. Have a project in mind, but not sure how to finance it? In addition to the grants programs list on MNN's Producer Resources page, you might consider crowdfunding.

Crowdfunding websites have been cropping up in recent years as increasingly popular ways to raise funds for creative endeavors. The most famous site-- and one you've probably heard of-- is Kickstarter, but did you know there are others out there that might fit your needs better, and even serve to inspire you?

Check out this new list from The Crowdfund Network! All these sites have different advantages in terms of how they work, the kinds of projects they're best for and how much of a cut from your fundraising you'll have to give back to the platform-- so you're sure to find one that's right for you.

Good luck and keep us posted!

2014 Harlem Gas Explosion: Six Months Later

Community Media, News and Views, Programming Highlights By Lee Walker Helland

This Friday, September 12, marks the 6-month anniversary of the 2014 gas explosion in East Harlem, which killed eight people and injured more than 70 and raised questions about safety and the likelihood of another blast.

To mark the date, tonight MNN will air a repeat of the special "Represent NYC" episode featuring two victims of the accident along with New York State Assembly Member Robert Rodriguez. Rodriguez represents much of upper Manhattan.

Joining Assembly Member Rodriguez are Diana Wilson, whose home was damaged in the accident, and Dimitri Gatanas, owner of Urban Garden Center, a small business across the street from the blast site. The victims offer first-hand accounts of the day of the explosion, describing what it was like to be displaced for weeks, and the costs associated with not having gas for cooking and having to halt business during the busy spring warmer months. Tune in to get the scoop on the current state of their properties, what has been done to help them, and a public memorial being...

This Fall on MNN: Comedy, Human Rights, Hip Hop and More

Community Media, News and Views, Programming Highlights By Lee Walker Helland

Today we launch a new regular blog series, "This Season on MNN," dedicated to highlighting some of the interesting, exciting, creative new programs premiering on MNN. This season, we've got a well-rounded mix, from humorous to serious to utterly weird. And we love it. Check it out!

"It's the Night Show"
Alternating Thursdays at 1:00 am, MNN4

Described by the producers as "30 minutes of crazy taking place in a public access universe where anyone come up through the cracks," this new comedy series features mind-altering imagery, voiceover monologues, sketches, mock infomercials and more. Get a little taste on the program's YouTube channel. Note: "Not suitable for small pets." Premieres September 25th.

"The World According to INF"
Fridays at 11:00 pm, MNN4

Witness the expression, the mind, the heart, the creativity and the directional skills of INF Mega, an independent filmmaker and content creator and self-described visionary. In this series, the host expounds of cultural themes like the nature of holidays, healthy cooking, the importance of family, and more-- all...