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CReate Lafayette and #CreateLouisiana to Host Film Fundraising Workshop

Lafayette, LA – The CREATE Initiative and #CreateLouisiana are partnering to host the Film Producers Workshop: Finding the Money on Saturday, March 30, 2019 in Lafayette. The workshop will be held at the Rosa Parks Transportation Center Multi-Purpose Room, 101 Jefferson Street, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be served for registered participants. AOC Community Media will be hosting an open house for tours of their studios, equipment and classes available through a membership.

Led by independent producer Stu Pollard, “Producers Workshop: Finding the Money,” is ideal for filmmakers preparing to hit the fundraising trail and raise private equity from angel investors. Pollard’s presentation will cover the pros and cons of film business plans and provides valuable insights on the ethics and psychology of selling high-risk investments. He will also share tools for making deals more attractive, tips for identifying the best financing prospects, and suggestions for maintaining long-term relationships with financial partners.

Pollard has 20+ years of experience working in the independent film space. With more than a dozen producing credits to his name, his films have screened at festivals such as Sundance, LAFF, SXSW and US Comedy Arts, and gone on to be acquired by the likes of Magnolia Pictures, Netflix, HBO, Showtime and Gravitas Ventures. He has worked with such directors such as Martha Stevens, Craig Johnson and Kyle Alvarez, and with actors such as Mark Duplass, Melissa Leo, Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Vanessa Marcil, Gil Bellows, Christian Kane, Elizabeth Peña and Stacy Keach. He founded and runs indie production company Lunacy Productions and in his spare time teaches at Film Independent and the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. His producing credits include Rust Creek, And Then I Go, Men Go To Battle, True Adolescents, and Ira & Abby. He’s also directed two feature films: Nice Guys Sleep Alone and Keep Your Distance.

This workshop is regularly presented in Los Angeles at Film Independent for a fee of $275. Through the CREATE Initiative, support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a partnership with #CreateLouisiana, this workshop will be presented free for participants.

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