Fundraising and Questions

Huzzah! The YI has officially started our active fundraising campaign. It’s an exciting yet nerve-racking time where all the hard work of putting the film’s vision into a well-organized plan is distributed and hopefully deemed worthy enough for donors to contribute to the project.

Feedback has been positive, but as we tell more people about the film two main questions keep popping up:

  • If The Young Invincibles is a feature film, not a documentary, how are tax-deductible donations possible?
  • If this film is about young adults with cancer why not make a documentary?

Isolation and lack of media presence are two of the main issues within the young adult cancer community, and The Young Invincibles aims to change that. Since the young adult cancer community is underrepresented, we know there is a need and therefore an audience for this film. And, while many other countries have allotted funds for the arts, particularly projects attached to a good cause, Northern American artists have traditionally been funded by private investors or donors. We decided to work with Fractured Atlas because it makes sense that the same audience that would want to see this film would also help fund it, and offering a tax-deductible donation option would help make such funding possible.

So, why not a documentary? The YI’s goal is to create an intimate, entertaining look into the world of the young adult (YA) cancer community. Humans naturally love the story telling process, being able to make a meaningful connection with characters while following their journey to its end. While talking to Aaron about this he said, “Following someone around with a camera changes the nature of the person being filmed.” The reality tv phenomena clearly proves Aaron’s statement true, and is the opposite of what The Young Invincibles hopes to capture. It’s rather impossible to access the most impactful moments in the YA cancer experience in real-time, such as receiving the initial cancer diagnosis or breaking the news to friends and family. In the spirit of independent filmmaking, The YI aims to break ground for both the movie industry and the young adult cancer community!

Curious about Sarah and Aaron’s vision for The Young Invincibles and how they plan to make the film? Check out the Prospectus, and feel free to pass it along to anyone that might be interested in donating.

A Facelift, a Facebook, and a Twitter (oh my!)

Michelle:   Apologies for the lack of updates as of late. The YI team has been quite busy behind the scenes developing our site’s snazzy new look and laying the groundwork for the exciting months ahead of fundraising and film shooting preparation. Among the fancy features we’ve added to the site, check out the full Synopsis and enhanced Donation info sections.

Special thanks to Dana of Dana Tina Graphic Design for the awesome teaser poster and otherwise visual badassery.

We also just launched Facebook and Twitter accounts for The Young Invincibles. Friend us for exclusive content and news!

The Young Invincibles on Fractured Atlas

Michelle: Following up to the previous post, check out The Young Invincibles profile on Fractured Atlas. The profile also contains a link for contributions and donations to the project!

While you’re there, take a moment to browse some of the other past and current projects sponsored by Fractured Atlas. It’s wonderful to see so many different facets of creativity in the arts community.

Please note: The Young Invincibles is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions in behalf of The Young Invincibles may be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Funding: Going Non-Profit

Michelle: As a child I loved the visual image of the term “seed money,”  watching a street performer plant a couple of his own dollars in a tip jar, hoping that his talent would persuade appreciative onlookers to nourish the money pot, making it flourish into bushel of green cash. Film makers have a vision of how a story should be shared with the masses, and seed money is the funding that is needed to begin making that kind of tangible, quality storytelling possible. In a previous post, Aaron mentioned that many burgeoning films struggle with finding initial funding. The Young Invincibles is Sarah and Aaron’s first foray into film making, a film we hope will in part bring awareness to the youth cancer survivor community. With any new project it is important to get solid advice from experienced sources, particularly in how to seek and obtain different kinds of funding and donations.

Enter: Fractured Atlas. A friend of Sarah’s recommended this organization after having worked with Fractured Atlas to get her NYC based theater company, Down Payment Productions, up and running. Fractured Atlas is a not for profit group that works with artists in all disciplines and types of projects to more efficiently manage their projects as a business. Accepted applicants are then fiscally sponsored,  gaining access to funding generally available only to non-profit organizations. Fractured Atlas also supports the arts community with a spectrum of resources, from networking and online education to liability insurance.

Through their fiscal sponsorship program, projects such as The Young Invincibles are able to receive benefits similar to non-profit groups. Therefore, it is my pleasure to announce that The Young Invincibles is now able to receive grants and tax-deductible contributions that will make this film a reality. Hooray!

Core Audience, Where Art Thou?

Is this the opening night crowd for "The Young Invincibles"? Could be! Will you be there?

Aaron: So, like most….well, I was going to say indies but, in truth, like most films that aren’t directed by James Cameron or starring Johnny Depp, we are in the process of securing funding. And, from what I have read, even the Oscar winning film “The Hurt Locker” had a hard time getting its initial funding. So, clearly money and quality are not always connected. (Side note: Sarah and I got to meet the director of “The Hurt Locker” at a screening in NYC a year ago and actually talked with her about this project. Very nice lady.) However, a certain amount of green is required to give any film a certain level of quality. And, those with green generally have a list of questions the filmmaker needs to answer in order to get said green. The number one question (after the question does it star Johnny or is it directed by James) is “Who is going to see your movie?” This is a truly fair and often unanswered question by filmmakers. It is as my lovely wife talked about “The Business of Art.”

Who wants to see your film? Or, in other words, who is your core audience? Who would give their green to see your movie? Well, for us it is this. Our film is a touching, sometimes funny, character driven story about vivacious young adults living with cancer. It hopes to shed some light on a growing population. A population that, although we often hear about from celebrities and too often know in our friends and families, we rarely see in our cinema. So, first off, our audience is those that want to see an honest look at a growing population. Second, our audience is those that enjoy subtle story telling with great acting performances. People that enjoy a film that gives you time to understand the depths of another human being and the world they live in. “Once,” “Rachel Getting Married” and “Things We Lost in the Fire” are high-profile types of these films and proof that this audience is widely prevalent. Heck, a look at Netflix users shows that over time movie watchers taste changes and lean more towards these smaller indie films. Some smaller films in this vein like “Medicine for Melancholy,” “Ballast” and “Quality of Life” show that even without studio backing these films can find their audience. In its most crude and simplistic form, this audience is generally people in their 20’s & 30’s with a college education living in urban areas or people in their 50’s & 60’s with the time and palate for such films.

So that, in short, is the answer for us of “Who wants to see  The Young Invincibles?”  If this sounds like you or you would be interested in seeing our film made, please subscribe to this blog. Seriously, that little action will help greatly. It helps us have a more concrete demonstration of who the audience will be for the film. And, it helps the money men feel better about the green they will put into it.