How soon is now? A tale of artful funding
With apologies to Charles Dickens, I think the indie arts funding landscape could not be better described:
It was the best of times. (Thanks to crowdsourcing opportunities like Kickstarter, democratizing philanthropy)
It was the worst of times. (With public arts budgets shrinking)
It was the age of wisdom. (With the creativity and resourcefulness of filmmakers innovating in the field to get their projects completed)
It was the age of foolishness. (Where so few grants exist for arts films and funding is more defined by a clear social message or films linked to specific “causes”)
We had everything before us. (Jini’s amazing story captured on film)
We had nothing before us. (No complete version for the big screen without funding for our post production costs)
What is being done to ensure films like this one get completed, or made at all? This is something I have been thinking about a lot following my energizing experiences in June at the Sheffield documentary film festival in the UK and Silverdocs film festival in Maryland.
Filmmakers like me are staying true to our artistic expression, advocating passionately for the projects we are engaged in and attracting the help we need to complete them. It just takes time and something else: Arts films have to be “street smart”, constantly thinking about how the film can reach as wide an audience as possible and have impact such as contributing to broader arts education. Arts funders are also expanding their criteria for funding, looking at how projects they fund are using high and low tech tools to connect within communities and have an enduring purpose beyond initial screenings.
Still, the question filmmakers contend with daily, in the funding journey from the filming to the first screening, is how soon is now. With your continued enthusiasm and support “her aim is true” will be screened as a finished film, and we will be able to share Jini’s incredible story. Over the next few months I will be pushing for this film’s completion, and sourcing all opportunities to ensure this happens. I will also be looking at some exciting ways this film can really be an inspiring influence within the communities we hope it will reach.
You can help by sharing the production blog again within your network, and encouraging your friends to use that “like” button! The more who know and care about this project getting to the big screen, the more likely it will happen soon.
Ultimately, an important photographic archive that may have remained unknown will be more widely appreciated. In addition, audiences will be treated to a revealing behind the scenes look at an incredibly rich period in the Pacific Northwest music scene.
So it is really the best of times…with a caveat: funding needed! And of course, any donations are welcome on our website!