Anyone who has already pledged $50 ore more OR who has yet to pledge $50 or more by campaign's end, is invited to sponsor a past episode of the podcast. Your name will forever be associated with podcast. I'll make sure this is updated on iTunes, etc. See bottom line in blue box.
I wanted to share this piece I wrote for Filmmaker Magazine about the mistakes and bumps along the road to become a decent podcast host.
Larry Fessenden of Glass Eye Pix insisted on supporting the campaign. So we shot this fun video for your entertainment pleasure.
The Filmwax Radio 2.0 Challenge: In 2018, podcast host Adam Schartoff will cover 365 indie film projects!
WHY A KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN NOW?
For over a decade now I've been championing independent film and those struggling to make great films. I've done this through writing, hosting two film series, moderating countless events & panels, and perhaps most effectively as the host of the podcast Filmwax Radio. While my audience has grown over the years, I want to take things to a new level, one where I will be able to reach a significantly larger number of people; one where I will be able to be far more effective in helping the filmmaking community.
One great benefit from having done Filmwax Radio, an interview-format show, is that I've had on hundreds of guests including filmmakers, actors, and industry professionals. And the philosophy behind the show is that once someone has come on, they are part of the FIlmwax community. I will continue to champion and promote their work on an ongoing basis, as well as bringing them back on whenever they have something new to talk to. This level of support has created an enormous amount of good will, not only among my past guests but within the film community in general. As I move into this next phase I would love to rely on them and their networks for support to help make this campaign a success.
Again, the overall purpose of this campaign is to build a larger audience and expand the awareness around Filmwax Radio and Filmwax in general. This will be achieved in a number of ways:
- The building of a recording studio in Brooklyn thus creating a base of operations where guests can be invited. No more lost opportunities because there's no proper studio. Additionally, a studio will guarantee a consistently high level quality show, from a sonic standpoint, one which includes in-person interviews as well as phone & Skype calls.
- The hiring of a part time assistants to work on out-reach campaigns to film schools, film programs and film festivals. This will create potential sponsorship relationships for the podcast but also undoubtedly help to increase awareness of the podcast and its audience size.
- The hiring of publicists for project specific instances.
- The hiring of a sponsorship professional. More sponsors mean revenue for Filmwax its ability to be more effective in championing the film community.
- The hiring of a web developer/designer to bring the website up to current standards.
REACHING A LARGER AUDIENCE (FILMWAX & FILMMAKERS)
Filmwax is more than a podcast! As a champion of independent film, Filmwax also hosts live events including screenings, panels, and social/networking opportunities. But Filmwax can play an even more effective role. This can be done by leveraging its current relationships with the many filmmakers, distributors, exhibitors, and production companies and playing a more substantial role with various projects. Creating a larger audience for independent films is the ultimate goal, something that can be achieved with Filmwax having a bigger audience base. This means that Filmwax can help fledgling filmmakers by taking a more active role as producer, festival consultant, or in a booking capacity.
The beauty part of having done the podcast all these years is that I've already created hundreds if not thousands of relationships within the film community. Every time someone comes on the show, they become a de facto ambassador for Filmwax. The show not only gives the opportunity for filmmakers, distributors and festival programmers to get the word out about their projects, but they can feel free to share their ideas, thoughts, plans and aspirations with everyone. The podcast has become a platform for them as much as myself.
So this campaign is not about Filmwax at the end but more about the film community. Most people go to the movies and see big budget studio movies because those movies advertise in movie theaters, on TV and on bus shelters. Independent films have no advertising or marketing budget; nothing to compare anyway. That's where people like me come in. Filmwax is in the frontline fighting the good fight. Join me and FIlmwax in this next exciting phase.
For a relatively small contribution you can reap some pretty snazzy rewards. The holidays are practically upon us. How about some Filmwax Radio swag, eg. mugs, buttons, caps & t's, to toss under the tree or for the office party?
Okay, this is really cool! Renown photographer Godlis who, for years was shooting the Downtown underground scene in NYC, has created a limited number of rare prints that we are going giveaway as rewards. Godlis is having these printed personally and will autograph the print for the lucky contributor. Don't wait. These are gorgeous and timeless.
Filmmakers! How about a session with one of the industry's top publicists? Adam Segal of the 2050 Group will give a half hour of strategy consultation for your next film project.
Or perhaps you would like a random collection of indie films in our Mystery DVD/Blu-ray bag; thanks to some of our favorite arthouse distributors?
THE BEST of FILMWAX— MEMORABLE MOMENT
I'm often asked about some of my favorite moments, whether it be from the podcast or the countless number of screenings I've hosted in either of my film series (Filmwax Film Series & Docularious!). Through all this tireless work, I've been lucky enough to meet many of my heroes! There was the podcast episode where director William Friedkin called in! I couldn't believe that I was on the phone with the guy who directed and The French Connection. He was promoting his newest film, Killer Joe, and began discoursing on the topic of evil. The movie came out right around the time of the Sandy Hook Newtown tragedy and so he had a lot to say on the subject. This from the director of The Exorcist.
Another memorable early podcast interview was with Brian De Palma. De Palma doesn't love doing publicity after 50 years of filmmaking. And I was, frankly, somewhat intimated about talking to the guy. Once I let him know that it was my birthday, he opened right up and began talking about astrology and my horoscope. I didn't expect that. But here I was, talking to the man who had made Sisters, Carrie, and Scarface. I came out of that interview with more confidence.
Bringing on the legendary Oscar-winning documentarian Barbara Kopple for my 200th episode is one my favorite memories. Ms. Kopple is one of the kindest and most generous people it's my pleasure to have known. She agreed to come on and discuss her entire career. That can't be that fun for someone who has done as much press as she has. But she was completely engaged and available to me for the hour or so in which we spoke. Not only has she been back on the podcast since but she's contributed a bunch of signed posters & DVDs that are among my Kickstart's rewards. Thanks Barbara!
Some of the other my other favorite episodes include an hour plus long conversation with John Sayles, a memorably goofy episode with Jason Schwartzman & podcast regular Onur Tukel, a most moving conversation with documentary filmmaker Yance Ford, talking westerns with editor & filmmaker Sam Pollard, flirting with Liv Ullmann, or breaking the language barrier with Wong kar-Wai and Michel Gondry.
Some of my other favorites have included a long format conversation with my hero, Dick Cavett. I was invited up to his Central Park West apartment where he went on to share truly amazing anecdotes about his times with Groucho and Stan Laurel, to mention two. Then he went on to extol me for my own interviewing prowess. Take that for what it's worth. He's the greatest. More recently I spoke with Gilbert Gottfried who is the subject of a new documentary. I always heard he was a challenging interview but nothing could be further from the truth, or my experience anyway. Perhaps it was partly due to his helping to promote the film, but I found him to be entirely engaging and present. He was also clearly having a lot of fun, as he was laughing at my bad jokes. Both the Cavett episode and the Gottfried episode include my challenging both subjects to 'Dueling Masons' whereby we both do our best James Mason impressions. I think I outdid Cavett but Gilbert probably got the better of me. He was far more prepared, to be fair.
Just a few last favorite episodes (but, truly, I love them all): Todd Haynes, the guys from HBO's High Maintenance, Crispin Glover, Charles Burnett, Henry Rollins, Kirsten Johnson, Tom Noonan, and countless others.
Thank you for your support!
Risks and challenges
Most every bullet point in my campaign is scalable including the biggest line item which is the podcast recording studio. I've been working with some pretty crude equipment and can continue doing so. I believe that the amount I raise should handily take care of all costs. There is no unforeseen costs in this process like hiring a contractor who will run away with the money. The costs associated are almost entirely hardware and software purchases, as well as contractually hiring individuals by the hour or in some agreed flat cost amount.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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