What do you think about crowd funding for entertainment projects?
I've been thinking about various crowd funded games, movies and music projects recently. My church crowd funded through Kickstarter a CD of old hymns set to new music a while back. A friend of mine has a band that did the same for their first physical album. And now there's the Veronica Mars Movie project (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/559914737/the-veronica-mars-movie-project). I supported all three. I was very happy with the results of the two music CDs but I knew I would be based on what I knew about the people involved. I'm hopeful about the Veronica Mars movie. But I'm not sure I would support other projects where I don't know the people or am not familiar with the track record of those involved.
What are your thoughts on crowd funding for projects whether through Kickstarter or venues? Have you ever participated? Is your participation based on the "rewards" given for certain levels of funding? Does it matter if you know the people involved?