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!

 

Platinum Pias Nominees are Named

Things have been quite busy here at the Platinum Pias headquarters with the holidays and all, so we didn’t get around to formally announcing yesterday’s latest.

The big news is that the nominees of the 2017 Platinum Pias have been named.

Please check it out if you haven’t already. As you will see there are some new categories and the emphasis is on artists,

We’ve been receiving questions along the lines of “Why just artists?” The answer to this question is that it was a natural evolution of the Pias finding its “voice.” A lot of artists gravitated toward the Platinum Pias Awards shows, so to “go all artists” so to speak, was a natural step.

Platinum Pias Date is Set

platinum-pias-logoBreaking news from the 8th Annual Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Artists front – the date has been set for the program! It is, Monday, March 20, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Downtown Community Television Center at 87 Lafayette Street, New York, NY.

Yes, we are doing a second year at DCTV. The environment is very conducive to neighborhood gatherings and therefore appropriate for the Platinum Pias. The exciting thing about this ceremony is that it will focus on artists who are making a difference in their NYC and international communities.

For example, the much heralded “Thrillumentary” International Band have been nominated with its members collectively making music from their respective countries.

The performance will again be, as it was last year, at the 7th Annual Pias, a combination of video introductions with live readings of the winners.

Tickets will be available to subscribers of the NYC Make a Difference newsletter.

Art Gush Method of Digital Filmmaking

The Art Gush Method of Digital Filmmaking is alive and well. It looks like Lights Camera Read has hit another home run with this one.

Art Gush will have a presence at this year’s Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Artists as will the mystery-thriller “Thrillumentary.” “Thrillumentary” is the feature film in development that is the learning tool which Art Gush uses to demonstrate steps to be taken to succeed as a filmmaker.

Art Gush is a new way to make motion pictures. It allows anyone with some knowledge of filmmaking or the arts (and who is good on a computer) to more easily produce full length film.

Lights Camera Read presents New Thrillumentary Video

The new “Thrillumentary” info video has been removed because it is now going to make its world premiere at the Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Artists on March 20th, 2017 at DCTV in New York City.

But if you still want to hear music by the “Thrillumentary” International Band you might want to check out the new Lights Camera Read donations video. All the music in the video was created by the “Thrillumentary” International Band.

And of course if you are interested in getting tickets to the Platinum Pias, please sign up for the NYC Make a Difference newsletter. When the time comes, tickets will be available exclusively to newsletter subscribers.

Yianni Stamas Unveils Picture of the Thrillumentary International Band

band-music2In a recent article by filmmaker, educator and artist advocate Yianni Stamas, he unveiled the first known picture of the Thrillumentary International Band.

He also disclosed that the group would be one of the nominees in the upcoming Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Artists, in March, 2017.

The Thrillumentary International Band has been building a buzz because they, as an entity, have never all been in a room at the same time. This is because they collaborate remotely by the internet from all over the globe including Berlin, Bulgaria, England, Ireland, Oregon and New York City. They are making a difference in the international community because they symbolize a united world.