How do I ask for financial help with the creation of this film? This question has haunted me since the start of this process. My family gave right away. The skater Betty Goedhart gave right away. A number of skaters made contributions of 100 dollars. Two AMAZING skaters made contributions of $10,000 dollars.
Okay I will admit it… I need help with finding the funds to finish the film.
In the past I made beautiful multi-page booklets and gave them to key VIP’s but in the end it was not the printed piece that enticed people to give to my film… it was my personal connection to the donor.
Do I make more printed pieces and do a mailing? Since the film has had the evolution of a few different titles – all my printed pieces along the way have become my own memorabilia for the history of the film. Ha! So how do I ask people and organizations that I am not connected to to care about this history to the point where they give their hard earned money?
One friend said that each potential donor needs to be contacted 6-7 times. So wouldn’t I seem a bit like a pest at that point? Geez. I have the most amazing interviews with the most amazing people and an internationally important story that has never been told. I know I am making an important film. I know I am fated to make this film because of my close connection with Roy Blakey skater, collector and historian.
Luckily I have an artform where the artists understood how lucky they were to make a living doing what they love. I know that many of those artists will support me. Many of them already have. Perhaps I will make an area on the website just to shout out to everyone who has given money to myself directly or to IFP because all those small contributions help me to move forward.
In the future I will launch a Kickstarter campaign, but I need my MOST AMAZING donors in hand first so that in the fall, the Kickstarter campaign can bring public awareness to the film and to help bring the film forward and onto the world’s film stage. Any and all ideas are welcome.