Kickstarter Reaches 1 Million Documentary Backers (Exclusive)

Courtesy of CBS/Provided from the Archives of Adam Nimoy
'For the Love of Spock'

Nonfiction films are receiving steady support, and $120 million in pledges, on the crowdfunding platform.

One million people have supported documentary films on Kickstarter.

Over the past seven years, supporters have backed more than 12,000 documentary film projects with more than 5,000 of those successfully funded. Documentaries are also popular Kickstarter projects, with donations made to nonfiction films 600 times a day, compared with 18 times a day in Kickstarter's first year.

The crowdfunding website has now received $120 million in pledged support for docs.

More than 460,000 of the million people who've supported documentary films on Kickstarter have backed projects in other creative categories.

The three most-funded docs on Kickstarter are Alex Winter's Who the F— is Frank Zappa?, which received $1.12 million from 8,688 fans; a Bill Nye doc that received $859,000 in funds from 16,850 backers; and Adam Nimoy's For the Love of Spock film about his dad, Leonard Nimoy, which received $662,000 from 9,439 backers.

Other docs that have received support on Kickstarter include the Oscar-nominated The Square, Oscar-winning doc short Inocente and reproductive rights films Trapped and After Tiller.