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Filmmaker Toolkit: Crowdfunding

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    Does Spike Lee Have a Kickstarter? Sho-Nuff You-Dig! Does He Have a Script? Unclear.

    According to the Kickstarter video on Spike Lee's $1.25 million campaign page for "The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint," a few weeks before shooting the campaign video, one of Lee's students told him about the recent successes of the "Veronica Mars" and Zach Braff Kickstarter campaigns.

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    After SEC JOBS Act Ruling, How Can You Approach Film Investors?

    After over a year figuring out the regulatory rules to implement the JOBS Act, the SEC has lifted its band on so-called 506 exemptions. What does this mean for filmmakers? Slated Editorial Director Colin Brown has the answers on his Filmonomics blog. See the original post here, and see the entire...

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    Kickstarter Gives Back What Public Television Takes Away, 'Citizen Koch' Makes Kickstarter Goal

    After The New Yorker profiled the story of Carl Deal and Tia Lessin's loss of a grant for their Sundance competition title "Citizen Koch" from public television producers ITVS, the filmmakers received an outpouring of support. The filmmakers, who made the stellar Katrina doc "Trouble the Water," we...

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    Here Are 5 Essential Tips For Casting Your Micro-Budget Feature

    Although they have over a dozen years of experience in film and television production, when Scott K. Foley and Josh Rosenberg set out to make a micro-budget feature, they hadn't anticipated how challenging it would be to cast the lead. Of course, there are countless undiscovered actresses out there ...

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    It Ain't Easy Being Kickstarter: The Pains of Growing Bigger

    As the highest-profile crowdfunding site on the web, Kickstarter has received the majority of the backlash, specifically against celebrities on its platform. Two recent news stories about Kickstarter have much to say about the difficult position Kickstarter is in as the great democratizer in creati...

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    How Did the 2013 Tribeca Filmmakers Crowdfund (If At All)?

    Though crowdfunding is a huge conversation in the indie film industry, we've been consistently surprised at how few festival films are crowdfunding (thought that seems to be changing). When we asked the Tribeca filmmakers if they crowdfunded, we also asked them how much of their budget was raised o...

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    Why Zach Braff's Film Going to Cannes Shows the Future of Film Financing

    They may not have realized this but more than forty-six thousand individuals – many of them ordinary Americans with no prior film industry knowledge – had a direct bearing on what has been happening this past week thousands of miles away at the Cannes Film Festival. Not so much on the rain-sodden re...

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    Celebs Learn Some Things about Crowdfunding: Clarissa Quits It All and Kevin Smith Says No to Kickstarter

    After several weeks on the site and making only 2% of her $2 million goal on Kickstarter to fund her film "Darci's Walk of Shame," "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" and "Clarissa Explains It All" star Melissa Joan Hart canceled her campaign.

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    The Reason Kickstarter Is a Game Changer? Donating is Better than Investing When It Comes to the Arts

    The Reason Kickstarter Is a Game Changer? Donating is Better than Investing When It Comes to the Arts

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    How Does a New Crowdfunding Site Gain Attention? Hire Donald Trump or Offer Free Publicity Support

    It's clear there are a few leaders in the crowdfunding space for film productions. Kickstarter is the standard, but many filmmakers, especially those unsure they'll be able to make their goal, opt for IndieGoGo. Seed&Spark recently tried to enter the space by providing a platform where lending (se...

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