Friday, September 19, 2014

Indiewire's Project of the Day

As student filmmakers, I think it's really important that we take a look at new and upcoming independent filmmakers and their current projects. A great way to do this is by checking Indiewire's Project of the Day. Every day, they post another indie project in development that you can learn all about. Each project comes with a Tweetable Logline, Elevator Pitch, Production Team, About the Film, and Current Status. They also often have a clip or behind-the-scenes look at the project, as well as links to their IndieGoGo or Kickstarter page. Today's Project of the Day is "California Dreaming," a comedy/fantasy about an old lottery addict – his fed up wife – a multimillion-dollar jackpot and an armed robbery! While that "Tweetable Logline" didn't catch my attention, their "Elevator Pitch" sure did:

John has been playing the lottery over the last fifty years that he and Molly have been married, but never won. As always, she nags him for wasting money while he watches the draw on television at a diner. But today is John's lucky day! He has the winning ticket and is just about to hit multimillion dollar jackpot, when two robbers barge in for a stick-up! "California Dreaming" is a film about a relationship. A love story about discovering that you are the richest person in the world, as long as you have your loved one next to you!

For more information on "California Dreaming," go to

Staying in the loop of upcoming independent filmmakers can be great, but let's be real. We're all thinking it. It'd be sick if one of our projects made it onto Indiewire's Project of the Day. So how do we do it? Simple. Just fill out a form. Indiewire wants to help filmmakers like us get exposure. But there's more. At the end of every week, they ask readers to vote for their favorite POTD and the winner becomes Indiewire's Project of the Week. Then, readers can vote again at the end of the month and the winner becomes Indiewire's Project of the Month. The weekly winner gets a digital distribution consultation form SnagFilms and the monthly winner gets a creative consultation from either Tribeca Film Institute's Director of Narrative Programming or Director of Documentary Programming. Those are some pretty awesome opportunities for filmmakers like us. So what are you waiting for? Here's the form:

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