The first end-to-end solution for independent films to fund, produce, and distribute their films using the power of the crowd – unveiled today the first group of the Seed&Spark Founding Filmmakers. The Seed&Spark team selected fifteen independent filmmakers from across the country to launch their fundraising projects. Their projects will be featured at the Seed&Spark site launch on December 1, 2012. Film projects span all genres, from narrative features, comedies, documentaries and animations to experimental shorts. They tell stories about love, friendship, crime, loss and acts of kindness.
“The Seed&Spark Founding Filmmakers reflect the broad spectrum of what’s possible in independent filmmaking. Their film projects represent dramatically different voices from one another and from most of what’s being made today,” said Emily Best, Founder and CEO, Seed&Spark. “By using Seed&Spark these filmmakers can build audiences from pitch to premiere using our unique crowd-funding platform, production resources, and audience engagement tools. When they finish their films, they can deliver their films directly to those audiences on the streaming platform.”
Starting on December 1, 2012, everyone can start supporting the fifteen film projects and access a variety of ‘ready-to-view’ independent films via the Seed&Spark website. Every time audience members supports the making of a film – by funding, following and sharing – they earn bonus points, called “Sparks”. The Sparks can be redeemed to watch movies on the streaming platform. In addition to featuring the filmmaker fundraising campaigns, the Seed&Spark site will stream a limited slate of films that represent a range of what’s possible in independent film, including award winners from Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca.
“Supporting films is rewarded with watching films. Seed&Spark is a whole new ecosystem for independent filmmakers and their audiences, designed to restore independence to independent film,” stated Best.
– “Sound of Small Things,” Peter McLarnan (narrative feature, Slamdance 2012)
– “Percival’s Big Night,” William Sullivan (narrative feature)
– “140,” Frank Kelly (crowd-sourced doc feature)
– “Mana’olana Paddle for Hope,” Eve M Cohen (doc feature)
– “Witches in Exile,” Allison Berg (doc feature)
– “Stumptown,” David Lawless (experimental short)
– “Cafe Regular Cairo,” Ritesh Batra (narrative short)
– “Tick Tock Time Emporium,” Morgan Faust (narrative short)
– “Bomb,“ Ian Olds (narrative short with Melissa Leo)
– “True Colours,” Barney Elliot (Atlantic Pictures film, narrative short)
– “The Black Balloon,” Ben Safdie & Josh Safdie (narrative short, won Sundance)
– “NRITYAGRAM For the Love of Dance,” by Nan Melville (narrative short)
Filmmakers and film enthusiasts can register at www.seedandspark.com to fuel the new independent film economy.