Thursday, November 1, 2012

Jumpstart San Diego's film industry by contributing to the campaign that's going to build it!

HELP SAN DIEGO FILM MAKING THRIVE Contribute to indiegogo campaign before Sun Nov 25 at 11:59PM!


San Diego filmmakers, cast and crew are tired of living in LA's shadow. We are tired of thinking we have to move to LA to make a living doing what we love. With some of the most diverse locations possible, perfect weather, a user friendly city, a massive talent pool, and lower costs/easier access to production, we have everything it takes to have a dynamic film industry that sustains our incredible talent pool. Your contribution to this campaign will start the work of building our own collaboration based film industry here in San Diego that mentors and funds up and coming talent, utilizes local cast and crew for productions, and produces BETTER stories than the recycled ideas being churned out by the Hollywood studio system.


The Impact When you give to this campaign, you are not just funding one project, you are helping to start something that will have impact on the filmmaking community in San Diego for years to come. As we are able to mentor, retain and fund our talent pool here, we will be able to make larger and better productions that will attract investors, resources and talent from outside of San Diego. We funded the first year of the San Diego Student Film Festival with a crowdfunding campaign and this campaign takes what we started to the next level. Not only will we be showcasing local student talent, we will start mentoring, funding and providing resources to both student and independent filmmakers across San Diego county.

What Your Money Goes Directly To:

We have the talent, the team, the organization, the location and the vision--now all we need is the funding! When this project is funded, we will fund at least THREE LOCAL FILMS selected by a jury from pitch competitions held at the San Diego Independent Filmmaker's Consortium (SDIFC) Pitchfest and Mixers. The three locally produced film projects will be chosen by a jury and will receive rounds of funding at three stages-- production, post production and distribution. Each funded film will have a unique budget but we plan to spend 1/2 the profits of this campaign (approximately $11,000) on films selected from the pitchfest. 80% of the money funded to our chosen teams must be spent on LOCAL cast, crew and businesses. Completed films will be promoted and screened at future SDIFC Pitchfest and Mixers and at the San Diego Student Film Festival- both which are organized and funded through the new San Diego Student and Independent Film Foundation (SDSIFF). The remaining money will provide start-up costs for our the San Diego Student and Independent Film Foundation whose mission is to provide exhibition, funding, mentorship and employment opportunities for students and up and coming filmmakers across San Diego County. Start up costs include website development, staffing, design and printing of marketing material, equipment, space rental and other general operating costs. Any money we make over this amount will go towards our fundraising goal of 230,000 for the San Diego Student and Independent Film Foundation. San Diego Independent Filmmakers Consortium (SDIFC) The incredible amount of talent that we have here was made evident by the first San Diego Independent Filmmaker's Consortium's Pitchfest and Mixer on September 21, 2012. This unprecedented event was organized by our team and it brought out over 280 local filmmakers, cast and crew. We are expecting over 500 people at our next event on October 26th. These San Diego Consortium events are open to all local filmmakers, cast and crew. 

The Team:

Jodi Cilley – Artistic Director Jodi Cilley is owner and operator of VideologiCo, a San Diego based video production company. As a documentary filmmaker, she has created over a dozen short documentaries. Both a videographer and teacher, she has over 8 years of experience teaching video production and currently is the lead instructor for the UCSD Extension's Digital Arts Center Video and Editing program. She also teaches intro and advanced classes at Platt College and The Media Arts Center San Diego. She has led students in the production of over 20 short documentaries, 10 short films, and a variety of PSA's, commercials, live event videos and music videos. She has a BS in Sociology from Boston College and an MBA with specializations in entrepreneurship and management from San Diego State University. As a founding member and current director of the San Diego Student and Independent Film Foundation, she is working to expand the impact of the organization to include increased exhibition, education, a job and resource fair and funding for local up and coming film talent.

Paul Giret – Co-Director and Technical Support Paul Giret, founder of the San Diego Student Film Festival, has been producing videos since high school and is an burgeoning leader in San Diego’s independent film community. Giret’s strong roots in the independent film and music scene have grown from holding a variety of roles such as the sole videographer for an underground artist collective, producer of citizen investigative journalism videos, director of over 100 public access television shows that are still being cablecast on both COX and Time Warner and music video DP and editor for independent musicians such as Lee Scratch Perry, Switchfood and OK GO. He is also the current Film Stage Director for the San Diego IndieFest. As co-founder and current president of the San Diego City College Film Society, Giret is helping bring the school’s various departments together to unite student filmmakers to utilize the school’s resources to produce high quality work.

Patric Stillman - Operations Patric has a long history with the arts, nonprofit organizations, and business operations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. As a founding Board Member of Media Arts Center San Diego in 1999 and called to service in 2005, Patric has been directly engaged in youth programming, media & technology education, and the annual San Diego Latino Film Festival. His extensive experience adds to the strength of he San Diego Student and Independent Film Foundation's leadership and program development. Rick Newmyer – Development and Marketing

Rick Newmyer - has over 20 years experience developing and administering programs for children, youth, and families. His work includes: administration, grant writing, fundraising, event planning, governmental relations, marketing, and communications. Rick has lectured nationally and internationally on youth development, transition-age youth, and homelessness. He is currently a Visiting Clinical Lecturer with the University of Southern California.

Melissa Cabral - Education Melissa Cabral has been working in the San Diego production and arts education field for over 5 years. After getting her degree in Advertising, with a minor in film production, she dove into the San Diego art world and became the Director of Educational Programs at Media Arts Center San Diego. There, she ran multiple educational programs including a youth media program, a community wide videography initiative, and ran the video production department. She also served as an advisory board member for the San Diego County School District. Melissa now runs her own production company, producing videos for non-profits and companies all across the nation.

Cy Kuckenbaker- Education Cy Kuckenbaker was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for filmmaking in 2004 and was a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Lithuania from 2000-02. He received his MFA in filmmaking from the California Institute of the Arts. His short fiction film The Orphans premiered at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 2006 and in 2007 he produced WOOD, which won Best Doc short at the Los Angeles IFF. He worked for the U.S. State Department in Baghdad for two years to finance his first fiction film Bush League, which premiered at the Vancouver IFF in 2010 and won Best Doc Feature at the New Jersey IFF in 2011. Cy is currently a community college professor in San Diego, CA where he teaches both fiction and documentary film production. How

You Can Help Right Now To contribute to the Indiegogo campaign, you will need to set up an indiegogo account, paypal account, and then use the donate button on our project page to send your support!

Other Ways You Can Help

Even if you can't contribute financially, please spread the word about what we are doing. Even by sharing this story and vision with your friends and family you are helping to make it a reality. Please use Indiegogo's share tools to spread the message of moving film forward in San Diego. Ad Space: If your reward for supporting us includes ad space (video or images), please check this out: Videos will need to be uploaded to at 1280 by 720 resolution and available for download. Link to video needs to be sent to by January 10th, 2013 at the latest. Please put the word "video" in the subject line. Images will need to be a .jpg at 300 dpi -no larger than 8.5 by 11 inches and uploaded to a folder in Dropbox by January 10th, 2013. You will be sent the link after payment is received

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