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Prairie Love as a cartoon!

Thanks so much to the awesome artist, dirkstrideh, who re-envisioned the final scenes of Prairie Love as a cartoon. We love it!

dirkstrideh:

Prairie Love is an independent film about a man who meets another man on a verge of freezing to death. He looks through his suitcase and finds a bunch of letters from his penpal, who he is planning to pick up after she gets out of jail. He decides to leave this man to die and take up his identity in order to find love. It’s a beautiful, short movie that I’ve come to love and I recently thought of the idea and making a comic like this. Jade and Dave were the first people I thought of. Jake would’ve been Jade’s penpal for obvious reasons.

This is the last scene, and by far my favourite.

Photos from the 6/17 indieSocial event: Prepping Your Doc with Funding!

Recap of indieSocial 2: Prep your Doc with Funding!

The indieSocial series continued Wednesday night with a screening of short docs and a panel discussion on fundraising through social media, fiscal sponsorship and grant applications.  We had an outstanding panel of experts, from moderator Rose Vincelli, Program Manager at IFP, to panelists Juliana Steele, Program Specialist of Fiscal Sponsorship at Fractured Atlas, Nell Constantinople, producer of Summer Snapshot and our Kickstarter Campaign Case Study, and Reva Goldberg, Communications & Fellowship Manager at Cinereach.  We would be remiss to leave out the generosity of the Roger Smith Hotel who donated the space for the event.

Our audience was again composed of primarily filmmakers, but also a sprinkling of folks interested in breaking into the scene and a healthy dose of film-supporters (we love you!).  The films (listed below) gave us great examples of great examples of personal portrait stories and reflection.  Each documentary film took us into the lives of people.  We met an avid Star Trek fan and collector of memorabilia, the youth of summer as they reminisce about one beautiful, sunny day near a lake, and the dual life of a jazz musician/ water sanitation worker living in Texas.

The panel introduced a lot of ideas for getting your film noticed on social media fundraising sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, but also looked at more traditional sources like grants.  One of the most poignent pieces of advice came from Reva Goldberg, who encourages those applying for grants to look at those potential grants not as the main source of funding, but as a possible bonus.  Plan your budget as if you will NOT get the grant.  Then, if you do: windfall!

For fundraising ideas and support, both Fractured Atlas and Cinereach have directory pages for their members.  Become a member and get some ideas!

A great piece of news that was announced for Fractured Atlas.  They will soon be partnering with Indiegogo.  This means that artists under the umbrella of Fractured Atlas’ fiscal sponsorship will soon be able to create an Indiegogo page to entice their backers, and anyone who gives to the project is making a tax-deductable donation.  What is great about working with social media fundraising sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter (also OpenIndie and ChipIn) is that they allow you to post content and interact with your backers as you move through production.  They are ways of not only fundraising but crowd-sourcing.  Once someone has given to your project, keep them updated so that they are also personally and emotionally invested in the project’s success.  A $5 donor can turn into a rabid fan who will bring his friends to your screenings!

Please share your thoughts and responses in the comments below!  What did you learn; what did you love; what did you not like so very much; what do you want more of; what didn’t you understand; did you have an ah-ha moment?  Tell us about it!

Thanks again to all who joined us.  Stay tuned for info the next indieSocial!

~Holly

The Films featured at this event:

The Promise Land Dir. Sharon A. Mooney

Summer Snapshot Dir. Ian McCluskey

Transposition Dir. Juliette Richey

Filmmakers Get Social 2!

Join us on June 16th at the Roger Smith Hotel for another great opportunity for filmmakers to get out, get networked, and get SOCIAL!

This month’s event focuses on Documentaries, but the panel topics will be useful to all filmmakers and artists of all mediums seeking to gain more confident footing in Social Media.

Details below.  Get your EARLY BIRD tickets here!

IndieSocial presents

Filmmakers Get Social
Community, screenings and discussion

JUNE 16th, 7:30PM

@ The Roger Smith Hotel
Prepping your Doc with funding: Navigating non-profits, fiscal sponsorship, and raising funds using social media

THE EVENT


Join us for a short film screening, cocktail hour and panel discussion on how independent documentary filmmakers are navigating the non- profits, and using social and emerging media to fundraise their projects.

Your $20 contribution gets you the following:

    * A great night in the Starlight Loft of the Roger Smith Hotel
    * A screening of short films, including Transposition, Summer Snapshot, and Restoration
    * Participate in a panel discussion and learn about the non profit space, fiscal sponsorship and utilizing social media as a fundraising tool to create projects and promote careers.
    * Get social! - A chance to network with other indies and social media enthusiasts.
    * A chance to do good! The event is a fundraiser for the dual movie/soundtrack dvd for Transposition.

The event is 21+

The Panelist


Juliana Steele- Program Specialist, Fiscal Sponsorship, Fractured Atlas
Juliana joined the Fractured Atlas staff in June 2008 and is the Program Specialist for Fiscal Sponsorship. She received her Master’s degree from Pratt Institute in Arts & Cultural Management, and also holds a BA in Art History from Boston University. She spent four years managing the historic Byrd Theatre in Richmond, Virginia, and wrote her thesis on its transition from a commercial venture to a preservation nonprofit. In New York, she was the Programming Coordinator at The Tank, a nonprofit space for new and emerging arts in TriBeCa. In her spare time she pedals around Brooklyn on her bicycle and has aspirations of being a better cook.

Nell Constantinople- NatGeo Films/ Summer Snapshot Producer- Kickstarter Campaign Case Study
Nell began her film career at Northwestern University, after which she moved to Santiago, Chile to work on both feature and documentary films, including the 2006 feature, “Manzanas Verdes,” an official selection at the Valdivia International Film Festival. She moved to Portland, OR in 2007 to produce a documentary series for Gesundheit! Institute, a health care non profit founded by Patch Adams. Nell has shot all over the world, from the streets of Moscow to deep in the Amazon jungle. She has worked as a director, producer and sound mixer for a variety of independent productions and now works for National Geographic Cinema Ventures in Film Distribution. Nell has a B.A. in Art History from Northwestern University.

Rose Vincelli- Program Manager, Independent Feature Project
Rose Vincelli is the Program Manager for the Independent Feature Project (IFP.org), specifically focusing on curating and producing the Independent Filmmaker Labs, an immersive workshop assisting first-time Documentary and Narrative feature directors with distribution and exhibition strategies. From 2005-07 Rose was a programmer for the SILVERDOCS Documentary Festival, helping to grow the festival in its inaugural years and working primarily to curate the Shorts Competition. Rose has helped to produce the experimental short No One Wants to Eat The Parsley (dir. Sharon Mooney), along with her own short films Sonogram, a personal documentary and Y, a silent horror and finalist of the Attack of the 50’ Reels Super8 film contest. She lives and cooks in Brooklyn.

(Check back for additional Panelists and films!)


The Films:

Restoration
A glimpse of a stained glass factory near the Gownas Canal in Brooklyn, NY.

Transposition
Transposition is a portrait of Jeff Richey, environmental specialist by day and jazz musician by night. Explore the intertwining lives of one man trying to sustain his living and make his art in Denton, Texas for the past 35 years.

Summer Snapshot
Summer Snapshot, shot in the summer of 2009, is a short essay film recreating a sun-soaked summer day with a group of friends who load up in a wood-panel Wagoneer, drive along winding forest roads, hike a secret trail, and spend an afternoon skinny-dipping, strumming guitars, tossing a frisbee, and circling a campfire. Summer Snapshot is about the carefree in-the-moment living between youth and adulthood. It is a reflection on golden memories as we grow older. Shot in super-8 film and Polaroids, edited in HD, it evokes a warm, ephemeral mood.

Debriefing the very first Filmmakers Get Social!

We had a great time last night with social media experts helping indie filmmakers crack the code on fundraising, audience-building and marketing.  We especially want to thank our incredible panelists Leslie Poston, Michelle DeForest, Matthew Knell, John Knowles and our moderator Matt Gielen for their invaluable generosity and insights.  Of course, the gorgeous accomodations at the Roger Smith Hotel and the free booze from Ultimat Vodka, sure didn’t hurt.  I’ll be sure to pick up some Ultimat for my next cocktail party (or as I like to call it: breakfast!).

Our audience was made up of a lot of filmmakers (narrative and documentary), as well as social media afficionados, actors, directors and screenwriters.  The short films (listed below) introduced some ways to use short form to introduce your vision and/or your story, as well as to start building a fan base who will contribute to your fundraising efforts, follow your work online and in person, and spread the word to their friends who will do the same. 

One of the biggest lessons of the night was to find ways to distill your social media (or “adaptive media,” as Leslie puts it) strategy to 5 platforms/5 minutes each/one hour per day.  This allows the filmmaker to illiminate time-sucks and to focus on the posts and replies that really matter.  Try out tools like CoTweet and HootSuite that allow you to operate multiple Twitter accounts at once, allow you to schedule posts in advance and to delegate Tweets and responses to other members of your team.  Create an account on Tumblr or Posterous that allows you to blog (text, video, photo, etc.) and then shoot the content out to your Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc. with one click!

For fundraising (get started now!) take advantage of sites like Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, ChipIn and OpenIndie that allow you to post content, solicit donations and interact with your backers as you move through production.  Once the film is in the can, don’t forget about the people who got you there!  Keep talking to them, keep them excited about the film’s progress and expected release date - don’t leave your backers behind!

Most importantly, work to make your interactions with your audience about THEM, not about you.  What do they want to see; what stories are they interested in; how can your talents cater to what they’re looking for?  The more you show them the love, the more it will come back to you!

Please share your thoughts and responses in the comments below!  What did you learn; what did you love; what did you not like so very much; what do you want more of; what didn’t you understand; did you have an ah-ha moment?  Tell us about it!

Thank you all again!  We can’t wait for the next one!

~ Holly

Short Films from the night:

brieflynoted:

Wondering how to use social media to tell your stories? 
Join me for Filmmakers Get Social, a night of film, complimentary cocktails and a panel discussion with social media experts in the biz who know a thing or two about marketing, distribution and socializing on the Web!
Filmmaker Holly Lynn Ellis is hosting the event to raise money for her feature film project and will be screening her short film Nailing Jellobefore the panel and Q&A. Panelists include Leslie Poston (Twitter for Dummies, Film Pop!), Michelle DeForest (Next New Networks), Matt Gielen (Driver Digital), John Knowles (Panman Productions) and Matthew Knell (CafeMom). 
Don’t miss this great opportunity to network and support independent filmmaking! Here are the details:
When: Wednesday, April 14th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Roger Smith Hotel (501 Lexington Ave. nr. 47th St.)
As a special discount to my readers, you’ll receive $10 off the price of admission by using the code: brieflynoted at checkout.
That’s $15 for the event and featured cocktails all night long! Hope to see you there! 
For tickets and more information on the panelists, visit http://filmmakersgetsocial.eventbrite.com

brieflynoted:

Wondering how to use social media to tell your stories? 

Join me for Filmmakers Get Social, a night of film, complimentary cocktails and a panel discussion with social media experts in the biz who know a thing or two about marketing, distribution and socializing on the Web!

Filmmaker Holly Lynn Ellis is hosting the event to raise money for her feature film project and will be screening her short film Nailing Jellobefore the panel and Q&A. Panelists include Leslie Poston (Twitter for Dummies, Film Pop!), Michelle DeForest (Next New Networks), Matt Gielen (Driver Digital), John Knowles (Panman Productions) and Matthew Knell (CafeMom).

Don’t miss this great opportunity to network and support independent filmmaking! Here are the details:

When: Wednesday, April 14th at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Roger Smith Hotel (501 Lexington Ave. nr. 47th St.)

As a special discount to my readers, you’ll receive $10 off the price of admission by using the code: brieflynoted at checkout.

That’s $15 for the event and featured cocktails all night long! Hope to see you there! 

For tickets and more information on the panelists, visit http://filmmakersgetsocial.eventbrite.com