Yianni Stamas Lets the Cat Out of the Bag Regarding New Movie Funding

As someone who speaks to college classes on occasion, I inevitably get asked about movie funding. Why? Probably because it is becoming increasingly difficult to acquire funds for movies or other creative projects, therefore new approaches are needed.

One of the reasons that it is becoming more difficult to get funding for films is because for small independent motion pictures, unless they are using alternative online distribution, are not as easily getting viable distribution deals. In other words, if an investor invests in a for-profit movie venture, she or he is not usually going to make a profit, let alone get her or his money back.

A possible solution is to go nonprofit rather than for-profit. This means that rather than getting investors for your movie, you are getting donors. But how do you get donors? They key is to have a film that addresses some important public issue therefore there is an interest in getting the word out.

The strategy then is a three part process as seen in this article.

 

 

News About Thrillumentary and the Platinum Pias

bw-thrillumentary-reading-cast“Thrillumentary” takes a step forward by having a table read with actors this past Sunday, February 5th.

While doing the reading the voices of the actors were recorded for possible use in a trailer that is slated to be made.

The “Thrillumentary” actors will be at the 2017 Annual Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Artists. They will be “in character” because footage at the awards will be filmed for the trailer and possibly the web series and movie.

“Thrillumentary” is a theater/web/film project that will be shot almost entirely in Upper Manhattan in the Inwood, Washington Heights and Harlem areas.

Here are more details about the relationship between “Thrillumentary” and the “Platinum Pias” in the press release below which is written from an Upper Manhattan perspective.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, New York, NY
EXTREME LOW BUDGET FEATURE FILM SHOOTING AND AWARDS SHOW

artists-platinum-pias-2017The Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Artists of Upper Manhattan (since 2010) is coming March 20!

Special Upper Manhattan movie is being shot at the awards!

And now for the first time ever there will be some filming for an extreme low budget feature film done at the Pias for a motion picture being shot almost entirely in Inwood/Washington Heights/Harlem! The Platinum Pias and their producer, Lights Camera Read, are involved in the development of a mystery/thriller feature film called “Thrillumentary.” “Thrillumentary” is the story of a media artist who must solve a murder to save his community awards show, hence the alternative title “Thrillumentary: Making a Difference Can Be Murder.”

“Thrillumentary” is being done in part to prove that you can make, market and distribute a feature length motion picture for under 500 dollars with no crew and using your cell phone! The movie will first be a 27 installment web series and then will be strung together, creating the film. If you would like to appear in this “no budget” production as an awards guest, join us for the free Platinum Pias Awards. We are seeking nonunion actors from the Bronx/Inwood/Washington-Heights/Harlem as well as anyone else who is interested in making a difference (which could lead to a nomination for the Platinum Pias Awards).

What are the Platinum Pias Awards?

Lights Camera Read, in association with Empire State College, State University of New York, present – the 8th Annual Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Artists, 2017. The Platinum Pias is an awards show produced by Inwood Manhattan resident John Yianni Stamas, And although the show is not held in Upper Manhattan, it involves artists from Inwood/Washington Heights/Harlem who see themselves as ambassadors for the area. The Pias, since 2010, have consisted of recognizing creative individuals who are making a difference in their NYC neighborhoods and internationally.

When and where.

The Platinum Pias Community awards Show for Artists will be held on Monday, March 20 at 6:30PM at DCTV Community Media Center at 87 Layfayette Street. There will be food and refreshments and admission is free!

Artists nominated.

The artists nominated this year include…For the “Actor Making a Difference Platinum Pia” – Danny Hicks (“Evil Dead 2”), Upper Manhattan Advocate Lin Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”) and Washington Heights resident Victor Verhaeghe (“Bridge of Spies”). For the “Artist Teacher Making a Difference Platinum Pia” – Alina Bloomgarden (MOTI), Bruce Payne (Baruch “Arts Administration” Program) and Mamedjarra Diop (Sunu Thiossane). For the “Musician Making a Difference Platinum Pia” – Chi-Y (Hip Hop Artist), Justin Giordano (Singer/Songwriter) and Thrillumentary International Band (Movie Soundtrack for “Thrillumentary”). And finally, for the “Pop Icon Making a Difference Platinum Pia” the nominees are Bobby Hart (Monkees Songwriter), Karolyn Grimes (“It’s a Wonderful Life”) and the late Tony D. Fields (Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”).

The judges and presenters.

The Platinum Pias is a video and live presentation. Live awards presenters this year include Richard T. Oliver (two time Grammy Award winning producer and engineer), Inwood Manhattan resident Tina Casula Gross (Broadway Performing Arts Center), Inwood Manhattan resident Ali Baynes (“Thrillumentary”) and Rodger Taylor (WurkNprogress and formerly of the NYPL).

Come join us for the movie shoot and awards show and celebrate Upper Manhattan!