This session of DOCUMENTARY FUNDAMENTALS is about financing your next documentary. This session will address the eternal question: how to finance your doc? What are the pros and cons of different fundraising options, such as grants, equity investment, pre-sales, and crowdsourcing? Budgeting, how to find and successfully apply for grants, tips and tools for crowdfunding, and alternate routes to resources will be discussed in this can’t-miss session.
Saturday, Jun 22 at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Documentary Fundamentals: Financing
With Elan Bogarin and Justine Nagan
Elan Bogarin was chosen as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2017. She was nominated for the Gotham + Spirit Awards for producing “Big Fan” which premiered in competition at Sundance. Elan is the co-director of El Tigre Productions, a bilingual strategy/production company that creates innovative non-fiction films and produces content for the world’s leading cultural institutions. Clients include MoMA, the Whitney, The Getty, Colección Cisneros, Museo Reina Sofia, and The New York Times. As a strategist, she envisioned and managed the creation of coleccioncisneros.org, the digital hub of Latin American art. She is the co-founder of The Wassaic Project, an arts festival that has hosted thousands of artists and she has received support from Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program/ JustFilms Ford Foundation, Latino Public Broadcasting, NYSCA, Experimental Television Center, IFP, and HotDocs. Elan received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Justine Nagan is the Executive Director of American Documentary, Inc., and an Executive Producer on its two signature series, POV (PBS) and America Reframed (World Channel in partnership with WGBH). POV is the longest running independent documentary series on television. She is a strong believer in the important role of public media in a democracy; diversity and independent voices in popular culture and of documentary as a tool for civic dialogue, new thinking and social change.
Prior to coming to AmDoc, Justine led Kartemquin Films (KTQ) as Executive Director for seven years, as well as being an Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer on KTQ films including Life Itself and The Interrupters by Steve James and The Trials of Muhammad Ali by Bill Siegel. Justine successfully transitioned to the ED role in a historic founder-led organization, and under her leadership the organization significantly expanded its programs to assist documentary filmmakers and saw unprecedented levels of production and financial growth. During her tenure over 20 projects had world premieres including the ambitious Dupont Award-winning six-hour series Hard Earned for Al Jazeera America. She left the organization with a robust production pipeline and a strong financial footing.
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DOCUMENTARY FUNDAMENTALS: A professional development series designed to give the emerging or intermediate documentary filmmaker an inside look at the filmmaking process from pre-production planning to post-production and distribution. Over the past few years, UnionDocs has developed this ongoing program for documentarians that desire a better foundation for navigating the modern landscape of independent filmmaking. This six-part program takes place over the course of one weekend at UnionDocs. Buy a SERIES PASS ($125) or choose to attend individual sessions ($25/each).