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Case Study: Dramarama

Three young people wield (oft-imaginary) moviemaking objects: A girl with blond hair pretends to hoist a boom mic, a boy with brown hair pretends to listen to audio on invisible headphones and a short girl with brown hair holds a camcorder.Courtesy of the filmmaker.

At the end of the 2000s, Jonathan Wysocki went to both the Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs, then spent years on projects that would assemble pieces of financing before falling apart. All the while, he watched colleagues from those labs launch Kickstarter campaigns and make ultra-low-budget debuts. Deciding to take a similar approach, at the start of 2019, he raised $62,000 on the crowdfunding platform and an additional $180,000 in private equity and was shooting his first feature, Dramarama, by summer. Of course, as the timeline above suggests, Wysocki’s picture will forever be asterisked in the independent film distribution history […]

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