Michael Lieberman wrote:
<<I've been turned down by a few grants, mostly because I suppose
this is the *wrong* time to be making a film about a veteran, given
the timeliness and the vastness of films about this subject.>>
I know of several Iraq films out there, including two by our own
James Longley and Julia Guest, but timeliness usually means its the
*right* time to be doing something.
Where are you in the process? Im confused. Are you looking for
distribution of a completed film or fundraising to finish it? Those
are two different animals.
<< even though I know filmmakers who have found distribution. When I
ask them, I get a cold shoulder or my question ignored, as if
they're protecting their precious resources.>>
Strange. I can understand being coy about some funding sources,
especially if a filmmaker feels he has a special in, but people
around here are quite open with advice about the pros and cons of
<<I've tried some local fundraising, and haven't found any
organizations or individuals willing to put any financial backing.>>
Where are you located? Is there a filmmakers group nearby that has
occasional workshops on fundraising and distribution? Theres no
money in doc distribution unless youre Michael Moore. Most doc
makers get their funding through grants or their own checkbooks.
Very tough to sell this as an investment. You need people who will
put money into it for emotional reasons. They believe in the topic.
They believe in the veteran. They believe in you. Maybe some group
such as Vietnam Veterans against the War. They might not have money,
but should be able to steer you to people who can help you with
cash, in-kind, endorsements or contacts.
Try the Foundation Center (<http://fdncenter.org
>). Its site allows
you to search by key word for potential funders. The group also has
placed copies of its core collection of grantwriting books in
libraries around the country. Get the nearest location through the