Paste's Kickstarter Pick of the Month: Eliza Dushku's Untitled Albania Project

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Each month, your friends at Paste scour Kickstarter to find projects worthy of your support and love. This month we have another very personal project from another familiar face, another rocking project worthy of your attention. Support independent art today by becoming a backer, why dontcha?

Although she’s also done some notable film work (Bottle Shock and Bring It On are two of our favorites among her celluloid performances), it’s in the realm of television that Eliza Dushku has really carved out an impressive career. From her iconic characters in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel to lead roles in Tru Calling and Dollhouse, to her current series Leap Year, her small screen performances are always compelling. It’s been quite a journey from her first visible role as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis’ daughter-in-distress in True Lies.

But the journey she’s taking in this project is quite a different one; it’s a search to better understand her history. Dushku, whose father is Albanian, undertook a sojourn, with her brother and others, back to her ancestral homeland. It’s a very American urge, to escape what sometimes seems a rootless society in search of something more ancient to better explain what’s in us. Based on the trailer, the film seems more personal diary than transcendent Herzog-esque statement, but not every documentary has to change the world. Sometimes it’s fun to follow along a familiar personality on a journey of discovery. I just hope Willie Nelson’s consciousness-raising song “Albania, Albania” from Barry Levinson’s film Wag the Dog is somehow included.

Plus, check out some of the rewards. Just $30 to tweet anything you want to Eliza’s 1.2 million followers? Really? Just $250 for a VIP pass to what is sure to be a star-studded premiere? Some people wait their whole lives for an invitation like that. And only $2500 for a professional photo shoot with you AND ELIZA FREAKING DUSHKU??? Hie ye hither, with all due haste. You’ve got six more days.

ADDED BONUS PROJECT OF THE MONTH: I can count on one hand the female voices I love more than the remarkable one that explodes out of force of nature Michelle Malone. With fingers left over. If you’re not familiar with your work, you owe it to yourself to become so. She can purr, she can growl, she can scream, and she can flat out break your heart. She’s currently promoting her “Kick Start Me Up” campaign to make her new album. It’s not an official Kickstarter campaign, but it’s well worth your attention here. Fans of Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, Indigo Girls, PJ Harvey, or Patty Griffin should take special note.

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