BIGGER GOALS…

BIGGER GOALS…

thSo, was listening to @emilybest from @seedandspark give a free class on crowdfunding on @creativelive on Wednesday and- aside from the furious note taking and “AHA MOMENTS”- I was struck by something profound… (Brief aside- sometimes my “profound lightning strikes involve huge issues like; setting the coffee maker, NOT discussing the Kardashians in front of my kids and the ultimate value of a spare roll of T.P WITHIN REACH- BUT this one WAS big…) This crowdfunding thing and specifically what Emily Best and the folks at Seed & Spark are trying to do with it is a BIG ASS DEAL. This is REVOLUTIONIZING INDEPENDENT FILM. It’s giving MILLIONS of talented, amazing filmmakers, writers, and creative folk a MEANS to get their product out there. Thousands upon thousands of films and projects are becoming available to the public- straight from their tiny, mighty hearts- because of crowdfunding. THE PUBLIC IS IN CHARGE OF IT. And, it’s about fucking time. As a (broke) woman who has struggled against stereotypes, studio systems and broke-ness- this is mind blowing. Yes- I came to watch and get advice on how to make MY project but, ultimately- I left wanting to SUPPORT, cheer and help my fellow indy filmmaking community finally realize THEIR dreams as well. Sundance is NOT a TRUE independent’s platform anymore. The films kicking and scratching on Seed & Spark? THOSE ARE, and it’s a beautiful thing. I want to help further this revolution. If you have ANY experience in crowdfunding anything- you quickly come to understand it’s about RELATIONSHIPS. You BETTER be fucking NICE or you’re dead in the water. You gotta GIVE to GET. But, in this case- I am inspired to give. Why? Well, I happen to be a GOOD person (& humble) but also- selfishly- I want this movement to succeed and THRIVE. I want to do this FOR A LIVING. (Well, ample stocks of T.P. anyway- why am I obsessed with this today???) But- I have rarely encountered an artist that said, “I just want to make this ONE film (Painting, computer program, song, etc) and then QUIT. IF you are an artist/creative person- I STRONGLY URGE YOU- to get behind and SHOUT FROM THE ROOFTOPS about #stayindietour, Seed & Spark and all other INDIE platforms. It is OUR future and yes- WE ARE IN CHARGE OF IT. GERONIMO!!!

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