Due to new informational technologies and online social networks, we are easily able to put once idle assets to productive use. Whether the asset is a car, extra space at home, or simply time, a system has emerged to connect those with the “offering” to those in need of the goods, services, data and/or talent that is being “offered”. Globally, these burgeoning 'sharing economy' companies, are collectively worth nearly $500 billion and are disrupting major established industries and challenging current governmental regulations. Economists and academics have predicted that this new sector will have the biggest impact on society since the Industrial Revolution.
Shareconomy examines the sharing economy through the insight of leading experts studying this movement, in tandem with personal stories of individuals using sharing platforms to both enrich and empower their lives. Many people working within the sharing economy embody the micro-entrepreneurial spirit, a paragon for the 'new worker' in this 'new economy'. Through these characters, we will discover the complexities and nuances of the sharing economy and its impact on people and society as a whole. Shareconomy will explore both the pros and cons of the sharing economy movement, questioning whether or not this 'new economy' will transform the way we work, live, and interact with each other forever.
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Why Make Shareconomy?
We are making this film because we want to spark a global conversation around the sharing economy movement
and our shared future. We believe that the sharing economy could potentially be a vehicle for creating a more balanced and equitable society for all, if it is grown with care and everyone has true access and the opportunity to join the discussion. We hope this film can provide a macro-level view of the sharing economy movement and an honest discussion about the pros and cons.
What better way to make a movie about the sharing economy than through the sharing economy!?!
Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform that allows individuals to directly fund the creative projects and products that they want to see in the world. It truly is a "vote with your dollar" system that democratizes artistic and creative endeavors, allowing project creators to receive funds that they traditionally may not have access to. By harnessing the crowd and funding a project through the people, as opposed to stakeholders with private interests, the work can be created with the full artistic integrity intact.
We are choosing to crowdfund Shareconomy because we believe that partnering with you, our audience, will make our project stronger and allow us to put the best possible movie into the world. Also, we respect the Kickstarter "all in" model, meaning you do not get charged, and we do not receive the amount you pledge unless we have enough backers that believe in our project to successfully raise the full amount. So, rest assured, the money you pledge will only be utilized if we can collectively raise the appropriate amount to execute our full vision.
All funds from this campaign will go towards completing the feature film and getting it out into the world when it is finished. We have about 50% of production and all of post-production/editing/sound yet to complete. The $115,000 goal is the bare minimum we need to finish the film. Every single dollar that comes in over this goal will increase the value and the quality of the film and allow us to expand our scope and story.
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About: Greg Westhoff is a Seattle based filmmaker who has been active in documentary filmmaking for over 5 years in the Pacific Northwest. Greg is passionate about people and place and tries to create space for curiosity and compassion in all of his work. Greg has spent, and continues to spend, most of his summers commercial fishing in South East Alaska. From the age of 15, Greg has logged over one thousand days on the sea, which has earned him a Master 100 ton captains license, and the ability to tell a great story. Greg's work has been published in the Huffington Post and broadcast on local television. Greg also owns and operates Tongue & Groove Media, a video production company in Seattle, WA.
About: Jillian Suleski is a producer and filmmaker with a lifelong passion for creative storytelling. After graduating with a degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, she decided to pursue her dreams of filmmaking and went on to earn a degree in Film & Video from Seattle Central Community College. Jillian has been active in the industry since 2009 and has worked on a variety of productions, including commercials for brands such as BlackBerry and Microsoft, reality television shows, and feature documentaries. She has written and directed several short films, some of which have screened at film festivals across the country. In 2011, Jillian officially launched Playfish Media, a full service independent film and video production company.
About: John Jeffcoat is the founder of Strangelife Productions, a Seattle based film and video production company. Since graduating from Denison University in 1994, John Jeffcoat has worked in the film industry as a writer, director, producer, cinematographer, and editor. After years of working on commercials and industrials, Jeffcoat co-wrote the feature film 'Outsourced' with George Wing (50 First Dates), loosely based on Jeffcoat's travels in Nepal and India. Jeffcoat went on to direct 'Outsourced' winning numerous awards including the 2007 Golden Space Needle Award for Best Film at the Seattle Int'l Film Festival, the John Schlesinger Award for Outstanding First Feature at the Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival as well as critical praise from the New York Times, Variety, Roger Ebert and a host of others. While 'Outsourced' continued its US release, NBC adapted the film for a half hour comedy show series Outsourced (TV), where Jeffcoat was a consulting producer and co-writer on the Pilot episode.
Jeffcoat's previous projects include the feature-length "Bingo! the Documentary," and the "Amplified Docs," part of MTV's $5 Cover series featuring 13 Seattle bands. In 2014, Jeffcoat completed the Rock and Roll Road movie "Big in Japan" featuring the Seattle band "Tennis Pro" which he wrote, shot and directed. Jeffcoat was also a founding board member of the Northwest Film Forum and served for several years as the Vice-President.
About: Eric Frith is an editor, producer, director, and writer. His films have screened at top film festivals including Sundance, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), South by Southwest (SXSW), Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) and dozens of others round the world. These projects have received numerous awards and been acquired for distribution, both nationally and internationally, by Miramax, Dream Entertainment, Cinema Management Group, Off the Fence, Independent Lens, American Masters PBS, and Phase 4 Films.
Most recently, Eric served as editor on the documentary 'Finding Hillywood' which premiered at SIFF in 2013, screened at over 20 other film festivals, and won two best doc awards and one audience award. Eric edited, director Megan Griffiths’ 'Eden' (2012), which premiered and won the audience award at SXSW, along with 1st runner up for best film at SIFF. The film was then distributed by Phase 4 Films. In 2011 Eric both produced and edited 'A Lot Like You', which premiered at SIFF and screened at festivals around the world, winning 6 best Doc awards. Eric also edited 'The Heart of the Game' (2005) which premiered at TIFF, was distributed by Miramax, and heralded as “…an Oscar level piece of work” by film critic Richard Roeper. Eric edited and co-wrote 'Song of the New Earth, 'which just screened at the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival, and he edited 'Deep Burial', starring Dominic Monaghan, Tom Sizemore, and Sarah Habel which is due for completion in late 2014. Currently, Eric is working on'The Breach' as editor and co-writer.
Shareconomy truly is a team project, and we can not do this alone. The awesome team members, crew, volunteers, and helpful souls that we are forever grateful to, include:
In the spirit of the sharing economy, we've crafted rewards that focus on connecting and providing unique experiences: ice cream socials, chalk car parties, paper (you)rock scissors, and couch surfing sleep overs, to name a few. Of course, we have the traditional rewards, such as DVD's, social media shout outs, and even screen credit.
Risks and challenges
A unique challenge to our project is in documenting a topic that is currently developing. The sharing economy movement is merely in its adolescence -- it is taking shape and evolving right before our eyes. While this challenges us to stay nimble and flexible in our coverage, this is also an extreme benefit that provides our film with a relevance and raw curiosity that captures the true energy of this movement and fuels our passion as filmmakers.
Shareconomy also does not have a distributor yet. If we should be successful in reaching our funding goal, we will immediately launch back into production. We plan to wrap production by the end of this fall, and debut the film at a festival in spring 2015. During our festival run, we will look for the right distributor to partner with; one that will help us to put this movie into the world to reach a wide audience.
Many elements of the rewards will be fulfilled well before the estimated June of 2015, which is when we hope to release the film and have all of our premieres and screenings. When making a documentary, there can be many unknown factors. It's impossible to guarantee everything will come together exactly as planned, but we will do our absolute best to maintain our intended schedule and to fulfill each and every reward.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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