In Seed&Spark's First 60 Days, Over $146,000 in Cash, Goods and Services Raised for Truly Independent Film Productions

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Seven of the Seed&Spark Studio crowd-funding campaigns closed with a Green Light and went into production. Support came from over 1,500 active Seed&Spark site users.

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“I believe the future of truly independent filmmaking is community-driven,” said Emily Best, Founder and CEO, Seed&Spark.

Seed&Spark, a new platform that combines crowd-funding and digital distribution for a Fair Trade Filmmaking movement, announces the success of its Founding Filmmakers: seven of the first crowd-funding campaigns closed with a Green Light. Together, those seven films have successfully raised more than $146,000 in cash, goods, and services within 60 days. This large inflow of support came from over 1,500 active Seed&Spark site users, of whom 737 directly contributed to one or more of these successful projects. Overall, half of the movies that started a crowd-funding campaign in December have obtained their Green Light and are now in the production pipeline.

“I believe the future of truly independent filmmaking is community-driven,” said Emily Best, Founder and CEO, Seed&Spark. “Filmmakers are empowered by technology to skip the middle men and reach out directly to their audiences continuously throughout the life cycle of their film: from pitch to premiere. Audiences become players in the film business and can participate in the filmmaking process. This interaction will get better films made that return more to the creators.”

In December 2012 the Seed&Spark site launched with a slate of fundraising campaigns for independent movie productions. Filmmakers can raise money using the Seed&Spark WishList; recruit for cast and crew; blog to keep the community updated; and gather all the supporters and followers together on one Community page.

“Within 60 days of launch, these filmmakers have proven Seed&Spark’s hypothesis: that its unique WishList crowd-funding model is a powerful tool for independent filmmakers, and the first step towards Fair towards Fair Trade Filmmaking,” added Peter Samuelson, producer of Arlington Road, Revenge of the Nerds and two dozen other films, and advisor to Seed&Spark.

The total of $146,000 was raised by more than 737 contributors to seven film projects. Contributions included cash, goods, and services.

The projects with their Green Light are:

  •          FOG CITY, a narrative short about an amateur baseball player with a hidden past by Liam Edward Brady (Writer/Director), Elizabeth A. O’Neal (Producer) and William Wohleb (Director of Photography);
  •          HOMEMADE, documentary feature exploring the relationships created and destroyed by war in the US; by Jason Maris (Co-director/Cinematographer) and Danielle Bernstein (Co-director/Producer);
  •          LOVE LAND, a narrative feature about a woman with an intellectual disability fighting to keep that label from her community; by Josh Tate (Director/Writer), Paul Gleason (Director/Writer), Maritte Go (Producer) and Andrew C. Richey (Producer);
  •          MOVEMENT + LOCATION, a sci-fi feature about a Brooklyn woman who finds out you can't always leave the past behind you; by Alexis Boling (Director/DP/Producer), Bodine Boling (Writer/Producer) and Serena Hedison (Producer);
  •          STORIES OF THE UNCONSCIOUS, an experimental short, by Cait Davis (Writer/Director/Producer), Sara Murphy (Producer) and Nick Hendershott (Producer/Stop-Motion Co-Director/Actor);
  •          THE MASTER CLEANSE, a comedic short about Park Slope's most transformative commune, by Daniel Goldberg (Director/Co-writer/Co-producer), Ittai Orr (Co-writer/Co-producer), and Josh Fisher (Director of Photography);
  •          TRICHSTER, a documentary feature that presents Trichotillomania through the eyes of those who have it; by Jillian Corsie (director), Carolyn Maher (line producer), Amanda Giordano (producer), Seun Babalola (director of photography) and Kathleen O’Loughlin (director of photography).

The company already started rolling out the next batch of fundraising campaigns on Seed&Spark Studio, and will continue to do so on a rolling basis.

For more information about Seed&Spark, watch a short video, shot and produced ultra indie-style by the Seed&Spark team.

About Seed&Spark
Seed&Spark is building a truly independent filmmaking community where filmmakers and audiences come together for crowd-funding, production, and streaming distribution. Every time an audience member supports the making of a moving picture project (funding, following, sharing) they earn “Sparks” which can be redeemed to watch movies on the streaming platform.
Supporting films lets you watch more films: It’s the new ecosystem for filmmakers & audiences, and…that’s it! For more information, go to and, or follow us on Twitter at @seedandspark.

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