140 is back. We had a short voyage back in 2010 when the film came out. But the wind died quickly and we were set adrift for long time. Occasionally calling into some far away harbour for a screening. But wonderful news, our days of drifting are over, we have found a port to call our own (don't know why the sailing metaphors?!)... our new home is Seed&Spark!
Seed&Spark is the brainchild of 140 filmmaker Emily Best. Emily had a very unique idea to house everything about independent filmmaking under one roof. Whereas most crowd-funding platforms solely concentrate on the fundraising side of the project, Seed&Spark looks at the entire life of the project, all the way to the end. It is also a distribution platform, streaming films to the audience you build when fundraising. I've written here before about the difficult and often overlooked side of indie filmmaking, getting your film into the world when all the money has run out. This answers that.
They have a cool idea behind the fundraising too, you put up a wish list, kind of like a wedding registry list, off all the things you need to make the film, and then people can select the items and pay for them, or if they own them, loan them to you for the duration of the production. I like that idea. It also lets people know exactly what they're paying for. It also touches on the Community aspect of Indie filmmaking, something I talked about last month.
I'm excited about this website. I hope it does really well for the guys because I think it could be something really positive, the next step in indie filmmaking. I'm proud to be one of the founding filmmakers and I'm looking forward to exploring the site and seeing how it grows over the next year.
In other news...
Derelict has had it's first review, over at CineIreland.
Some cool news for Derelict coming in the new year. Will have to wait until January to tell you. Meantime, the next screening is also in January, 12th, 8pm, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda. Please come.
I forgot to tell you that Emily's Song was broadcast on Channel 4 again, third time, that was a couple of months ago now. But great to know 6 years on that little film is still out there.
Raise My Hands is still touring film festivals. Next up is the prestigious Bahamas International Film Festival, this month. Wish I could go!
That's all for now. So head on over to Seed&Spark, have a mooch, and sure why not watch 140 while you're over there?! I might actually make some money for once... stranger things have happened at sea!