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Hold Onto Your Butts

February 9, 2016

• Jen West

This moment in time finds us in a holding pattern on a several big potential developments in regards to finding the greater funds at large (the $1.5 million) and the possibility of attaching a talent or two that would elevate its profile. We've had a few meetings and talks regarding money that were very enlightening to how some people choose to go about making lower budget films (under 10 million). For example, there are a lot of filmmakers who put their livelihood on the line - taking out massive loans and putting personal property up as collateral. I've known people to do this on a smaller level, for projects under $100,000, but never a million+. I'm not interested in putting my life in financial jeopardy. The route we will take is one that harbors feelings of safety, where all parties are protected and acting on behalf of their best interests. I strongly believe that we are going to be able to locate these funds without having to take any personal financial risk. We've got a promising project with a solid foundation that I think specific parties will be interested in being a part of.

Another thing to note is that we are doing this in chunks. In the end we might have anywhere from three to five channels of funds. Right now it looks like we have a potential Associate Producer who is on board to contribute $100,000, and there is an organization here in Atlanta that might give up to $500,000. We are having coffee with two people this Thursday who are connected with others who invest in films like ours in the Atlanta area, and hopefully they will give us an introduction. Exciting stuff.

As hard as it is, I'm really grateful to be going through this process as our own representatives. Sometimes when you have a manager or an agent, you are left out of the majority of these processes. It will be nice to know how things flow behind the scenes on future films, even if we aren't necessarily a part of it on such an intense level. Of course, we have a tremendous amount of help from our entertainment lawyer, Stacey Davis. We certainly couldn't do any of this without her.

I've mentioned before that we've approached some big actors that I feel will not only add a special dynamic to the character they'd play, but also bring tremendous credibility to our project. It could rocket launch us up several levels with the simple execution of a press release announcing their attachment. Send all the good vibes, as it could be something that happens in the near future.

This week also marks the end of our development funds crowdfunding campaign. BIG NEWS: We have officially crossed over the 80% mark! I knew it was going to happen about 30 minutes prior to it coming through, and it was like a slow motion burst of joy. What a moment. It's been a lot of work to get into the green zone. Every second was worth it, too. If you want to be an official part of the making of this film, you have until Friday morning to join the punk rock squad. We'd be forever grateful to have you on our team.

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Jen West

Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Jen West is a writer and director living in Atlanta, Georgia. She is known for writing and directing Piece of Cake (2006), Crush (2011), Bubble (2013), Call Me (music video for St. Paul and the Broken Bones, 2014), and Little Cabbage (2015). She is currently in preproduction on her first feature called Electric Bleau. She studied design at Jacksonville State University and film at The Art Institute of Atlanta.

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