Crowdfund Your Passion Project

Event Type:LifeRaft
Title:Crowdfund Your Passion Project
Come find out how to get your your passion project off the ground!
Date:Thursday, December 06, 2012
Time:7:00 to 9:00 PM

360 Madison--14th Floor
(Entrace on 45th Street between Madison and Fifth)
New York 

Status:Events list and Seats are full

Ever wanted to make a short film, a web series or a theater piece but didn't have the funds? Come hear the ins and outs of online donations and microgranting for a truly independent way to fund your creativity. Learn about crowdfunding: its successes and challenges. Find out how to best build your budget and your audience. You'll be one step closer to taking on your passion project by the end of the evening. What do you have to lose?



Jayce Bartok is an actor and Independent Filmmaker.  After appearing in films and television shows as an actor, most notably Richard Linklater's Suburbia, Sam Raimi's Spiderman, and Tom McCarthy's The Station Agent; Jayce Bartok was inspired to write and star in The Cake Eaters. Jayce's critically acclaimed feature screenplay debut, was directed by Mary Stuart Masterson, stars Kristen Stewart, and premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. He is currently directing Tiny Dancer and has two more screenplays in development: Dream Country (based on the novel by Luanne Rice) and Red River, a dark thriller about mysterious drownings in Wisconsin. His past credits include co-directing and producing the award-winning documentary, Altered By Elvis, about lives changed by the King of Rock 'n Roll, directing the short films Sunburn, Jack and Paul, and Stricken starring Hayley Mills, and writing the SXSW winning short, Little Pumpkin. Jayce is a regular contributor to Movie Maker Magazine, and can be seen in the up-coming films, Price Check, and The Longest Week as well on USA's White Collar as Devlin.

Jed Cohen is a Founder, and the Chief Operating Officer, of, one of the world’s largest and most successful crowdfunding platforms.  He regularly speaks at events across the nation, educating people on the fundamentals of running a successful crowdfunding campaign. Jed has co-authored two whitepapers, entitled Regulation of Crowdfunding: Building On the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, and Implementation Of Crowdfunding: Building On Title III Of The Jobs Act, which have received acclaim from both the SEC and FINRA.  However, Jed’s professional career began (at the age of eight) when he took to the stage as an actor and singer. During his twenty-year career as a performer, Jed toured both nationally and internationally as a boy soprano, made his Broadway debut (at the age of fifteen) in the Tony Award winning musical The Secret Garden, and is featured as “Rod McCallister” in the hit movies Home Alone and Home Alone II: Lost in New York.

Jed is a graduate of Harvard University where he earned his degree in Astronomy & Astrophysics. He completed original research identifying optical counterparts to gamma-ray bursts, and mapping NGC4258 in neutral-Hydrogen.  He lives in New York City with his wife Kate, son Zeke, and little dog Sophie.

Joshua Cohen is the co-Founder of Tubefilter, the leading digital entertainment media company covering the online video industry and the definitive source for industry news, program reviews, and industry events. Properties include: Tubefilter News, the authority for online video industry and web series news and reviews; Tubefilter Events, a series where online video professionals gather to hear expert panel discussions and meet other advertisers, executives, and content creators; and the Streamy Awards, a star-studded awards show produced in partnership with dick clark productions, which honors excellence in online video programming.

Dianne Debicella is the Senior Program Director for Fiscal Sponsorship at Fractured Atlas.  Dianne helps over 2,900 sponsored artists and emerging organizations, representing all artistic disciplines, find funding and other resources to support their work.   Since 2006, she has led the program to become one of the largest, most renowned art fiscal sponsorship programs in the country with an annual budget of $12 million.  She received her B.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art and her M.P.A. from Pratt Institute's Arts and Cultural Management program. Dianne previously worked as a Project Coordinator for a restoration painting studio and as a Manager of Site Development for Planet Aid.

Courtney Harge is a Program Officer for Fiscal Sponsorship at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) where she works to empower artists through NYFA’s services and resources. She also provides technical assistance and fundraising support to artists in NYFA’s Fiscal Sponsorship program, Artspire. Prior to NYFA, Courtney worked at Gibney Dance as the Development Manager, where she oversaw both individual and institutional fundraising. Courtney has worked at the Public Theater, Theater for the New City, and the Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center in capacities that allow her to serve the full spectrum of artists. She holds a Masters of Professional Studies, with Distinction, in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute and received her Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Michigan with a concentration in Theater Performance. In addition, Courtney is an independent theater director and producer.

Susan Miller is an Executive Producer/Writer of the acclaimed webseries, Anyone But Me, completing its 3rd season with over 12 million views worldwide. For her work on the show, Miller, and co-writer Tina Cesa Ward, won the first WGA Award given for Original New Media. Anyone But Me also won a Webby nomination in Drama;’s Best Web Drama;’s Best Web Drama; The Silver People’s Telly Award; the IAWTV’s Best Drama Writing Award, and was recently chosen as a YouTube “On the Rise” Partner. Miller has been a featured speaker at VidCon; Internet Week NY; IFP Script To Screen; Streaming Media West & East. An Obie winner and Guggenheim Fellow in playwriting, Miller was a Consulting Producer on The L Word and Thirtysomething and is also the creator/writer of Bestsellers, a branded webseries.



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