Have a project that doesn't fit traditional funding models? Looking to engage a broad community of like-minded folk? Hear first-hand experiences with the growing trend of crowd-funded projects from filmmakers who have launched successful campaigns, both big and small. We'll also discuss the broader implications of the phenomenon: is this the future of fundraising or will it get too crowded?
Randall Okita, Absitomen Media
Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Randall Lloyd Okita is an artist and filmmaker working in a variety of forms. Randall's videos have won national and international acclaim, have been broadcast internationally and screened as official selections in festivals around the world from San Francisco to Tehran. Randall's films incorporate elements of sculpture, technology and drama, often including the creation of complex structures and the use of rich cinematography. Randall has designed and implemented mentor-driven mediamaking and storytelling courses for a variety of schools and community organizations and is a regular member industry panels and artist juries. His favorite road snack is celery.
Tiffany Hsiung, Director, Within Every Woman
Tiffany Hsiung was born and raised in the heart of downtown Toronto. She graduated from Ryerson University's film production program in June 2007. Hsiung's current project delves into the systematical sexual slavery that imprisoned over 200,000 girls between the ages of 9 to 20 years old during World War 2 in Asia. Within Every Woman explores the invaluable perspective these survivors have on the challenges young girls and women face globally. Resonating with millions of girls and women worldwide, this film will help plant a crucial seed of hope and bring about a movement of change that sees women's rights acknowledged, advocated for and respected.
Shasha Nakhai & Rich Williamson, Directors, Sugar Bowl
Shasha Nakhai was born in the Philippines. Her first documentary, Baby Not Mine, about Filipino caregivers in Canada, won awards at the Human Rights DocFest and Montreal World Film Festival. Rich Williamson graduated from Ryerson University and is currently in post-production with his first feature documentary film, Happy Joe.
Mina T. Son
Mina T. Son is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose films have screened at several prestigious film festivals and museums including the National Gallery of Art, Margaret Mead, Traverse City Film Festival, Mill Valley, and Cinequest. She is a two-time Student Academy Award Regional Finalist and her other awards include Best Short Documentary at the San Diego Asian Film Festival and a CINE Golden Eagle Award. A recent graduate of the M.F.A. Documentary Program at Stanford University, Mina is a recipient of the 2010-11 College Art Association Professional-Development Fellowship in the Visual Arts. Mina is currently producing and co-directing a feature-length ping pong documentary with Sara Newens called Top Spin.