Part I: Crowdfunding
In this discussion we take a look at how funding a film has changed and what those changes mean for filmmakers and the industry at large. We also discuss what it takes to run a successful crowdfunding campaign and how to stand out as more and more people go this route.
Date: Wednesday June 27th, 2012 7:00pm
Location: Norwood 241 West 14th Street, New York NY 10011
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Bryce J. Renninger: Bryce is a film journalist for Indiewire.com, who writes about crowdsourcing, documentaries, and filmmaking. He is also a Ph.D. student in the Media Studies program at Rutgers University’s School of Communication & Information. He teaches courses that explore media technologies through history, production, and theory. Bryce also worked as a film programmer on NewFest: New York’s LGBT Film Festival (2008-11), and the series Films for the Occupation (December 2011) and Dirty Looks: On Location (July 2012).
David Murphy: Producer/writer Dave Murphy has always had a passion for visual media. He recently raised over $10,000 through Kickstarter for the documentary Street Soccer: New York. Dave is a producer, shooter and editor. He has worked with TeleNext Media, MLB Advanced Media, The People’s Choice Awards, Guiding Light and Procter & Gamble Entertainment.
Jayce Bartok: The Cake Eaters, Bartok’s critically acclaimed feature screenplay debut, was directed by Mary Stuart Masterson and premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. The film stars Bruce Dern, Kristen Stewart and Aaron Stanford, and was released in 2009 to positive reviews. Aside from writing and directing, Bartok is a regular contributor to Movie Maker Magazine, where he writes the column “Just Crowdfund the $&*# Movie.”
Tiffany Bartok: In addition to co-directing the award-winning documentary, Altered By Elvis, producer Tiffany also directed the short film Little Pumpkin, which was widely received throughout worldwide film festivals including the prestigious SXSW festival. She was also selected as a finalist for the AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women (DWW).
Laura Naylor: Naylor first discovered her interest in documentary-style representation while studying visual arts at Columbia University. Since then, she has photographed and filmed in over 40 countries around the globe. Recently, she co-directed a feature-length documentary film, Duck Beach to Eternity, for which she raised over $15,000 on Kickstarter. The film premiered at the 2012 Seattle International Film Festival.
Brad Balfour (Moderator): Huffington Post blogger and editor-in-chief of filmfestivaltraveler.com, Brad Balfour has drawn on film, arts, and pop culture creators as the subjects of his interviews and articles for over 25 years. He has traded quips with actors such as Tom Cruise, contemplated cultural hiccups with directors like Clint Eastwood and communed with writers such as Nick Hornby. He regularly organizes screenings, panels, workshops on self-empowerment for filmmakers and writers.
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