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in Filmmaking
on Jan 19, 2010

I’ll post a bit later about all the stuff in the new Filmmaker magazine that’s not online. It’s a particularly good issue, I think, and one of the things which is print-only is Alicia Van Couvering’s look at five films that found their money and went into production in 2010. We decided to do a financing-oriented corrective to all the doom-and-gloom stories out there, and this one is full of practical tips for filmmakers looking to crowdsource and raise money through other unconventional means.

One of the films she writes about is Kentucker Audley’s Open Five, which is our 25 New Face filmmaker’s follow-up to his Team Picture. Here’s Alicia’s lede:

Though it’s not a new idea to “pass the hat” to raise money for a film, “crowdsourcing” with online tools and through social networking sites puts an up-to-the-second spin on this venerable technique. An example: Kentucker Audley’s Open Five, shot in Memphis this summer with a budget under $20,000, almost all of which was raised via online donation sites in increments as low as $20. The secret to the film’s success lies in a perfect combination of tenacity, geography and the nature of the project itself.

Now, three clips from the movie, which was shot by Joe Swanberg with support from David Lowery, are online. One clip is below, and two others can be found at Audley’s YouTube page.

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