Kickstart It

No One’s Giving Money to Zosia Mamet’s Hipster Folk Band Kickstarter

Perhaps because it includes a "body percussionist."
Zosia and Clara Mamet looking totes alternative with a super cool banjo

Zosia and Clara Mamet looking totes alternative with a super cool banjo

Zosia Mamet made a Kickstarter campaign to fund a pretentious folksy music video, and so far, nobody’s giving her any money.

Outside of Girls, Ms. Mamet performs with her sister, Clara, in a folk duo called “The Cabin Sisters.” Apparently, the band produces a “unique brand of folk via body percussion, banjo and harmonies.” (Maybe they could team up with Allison Williams on a banjo version of a Kanye album?)

Their first music video hopeful, for a song called “Bleak Love,” is proposed as such: “Visually the video will bounce from opulence to sparseness, French Baroque to a simple, timeless and heartbroken.” Sounds amaze, right?

So far, Ms. Mamet’s campaign donations are barely higher than Hannah Horvath’s bank account. Since the Kickstarter launched on Sunday, she’s raised $201 of a $32,000 goal. We’re sure her famous dad can always pop in at the last minute to top off the funds.

It’s possible that people are getting tired of rich, young celebs asking for money on the Internet (not only is Ms. Mamet a star on a hit HBO show, but her father is famed playwright/director David Mamet). Last month, Zach Braff launced a Kickstarter to fund a Garden State followup film; though Mr. Braff’s campaign was successful, some questioned the ethics of a loaded actor asking the public for cash.

“Kickstarter is not an intrusive technology,” Chuck Klosterman wrote in his weekly ethics column for the Times magazine. “It’s not as if Braff were knocking on doors or harassing pedestrians on the street. For whatever reason, people want to give Braff money. They are actively seeking out the opportunity to do so, fully aware that they’ll receive no return on the investment. And just as it would be wrong to force people to pay for a private artistic enterprise they don’t want, it would be wrong to stop people from supporting a private artistic enterprise they desire.”

Judging by Ms. Mamet’s current fundraising status, a French baroque-inspired hipster folk music video is not a private artistic enterprise that anyone desires.

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