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Entreproducers Townhall Meeting - April 2014

A monthly gathering of Entrepreneurial filmmakers in the Bay Area. The Townhall is all about getting Filmmakers, Marketers, and Business people talking and networking. It's an interactive event where you'll meet people you might not otherwise meet, and do more than just sit and fiddle with your Smartphone, or just listen to speakers talk about their work. The Townhalls are for sharing useful information, and meeting useful people to grow your team and your company to the next level.

6:30-7:00 Loose Networking, Mingling, and Snacks
7:00-7:15 Community Announcements
7:15-7:30 Producer Foundry Organizers announcements and housekeeping.
7:30-7:45 Featured Speaker: Marc Smolowitz 
7:45-8:30 Semi Structured Networking Game
8:30-9:00 Networking follow-up

We're asking for a 5 dollar suggested donation at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. We'd rather have you there without the donation, than not have you there at all. The money is primarily to cover location costs, and the cost of the snacks.

Marc is an Academy Award® nominated film, TV & new media producer, multi-award winning director, and executive producer with 20+ years of experience across all aspects of the entertainment and media business. Smolowitz's career focus has been powerful social issue filmmaking across all genres, and his credits include: "Heaven Adores You" (Producer, 2014), "Havana Curveball" (Executive Producer, 2014), "The Campaign" (Producer, 2013), “Keep The Promise: The Global Fight Against AIDS,” narrated by Margaret Cho (Director/Producer, 2013), "The Power Of Two" (Director/Producer, 2011), "Still Around" (Executive Producer/Collaborating Director, 2011), "The Weather Underground" (Producer, 2003), "Trembling Before G-d" (Producer, 2001), among others. In recent years, he was the in-house producer at TellyTopia, a Silicon Valley start up specializing in interactive television, IP-TV and VOD products for cable & satellite companies. In the 1990s, he was widely known as the President and Founder of Turbulent Arts, Inc. -- a boutique, indie film distribution and sales company based in San Francisco that ranked as the 26th largest film company in North America at its peek in 1998 (the 14th largest among independents.) Today, he works full-time as an independent filmmaker, while maintaining a thriving consulting practice called 13th GEN that guides filmmakers through key stages of development, fundraising, production, post, completion, and distribution. As a freelancer, he regularly works on special projects with a diverse slate of media and technology companies, nonprofits, and philanthropies. Finally, he serves on the board of directors of the San Francisco Public Press, a nonprofit local news organization. 


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Interesting group of people.. Having produced a similar meeting for Stage 32 members at the end of February, I could see a possible joint meetup in the future along with some interesting speakers we're connected with.

    April 23, 2014

    • Ben Y.

      I understand, I'm not super familiar with Stage32 but I was assuming there was some bay-area group that you were a part of. Similar in a way to facebook groups, not actually affiliated with the social network, but a community organized by users. Cross promotional sponsors are simply other communities and organizations we partner with to cross-promote events, like how we promote SF Cutters, MMTB, and TransmediaSF.

      If you're looking for a full-on partner event, I'll have to talk to Gary and Randy and get back to you. Either way, it seems like something worth talking further about. :)

      April 23, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ben if you go to the Stage 32 site it will assist in having a clearer understanding of the global community. There are quite a few Bay area members which is why we held a local meeting in the end of February. I have access to some interesting speakers who with enough notice would likely provide a good seminar

      April 23, 2014

  • Elena

    So glad I could make it! Met some great folks! I forgot to mention when speaking that our 501c3 offers fiscal sponsorship for films at only 2% and other ventures at only 3%. Those of you I didn't have a Chance to speak to..please feel free to shoot Me an email at [masked] and remember to check out all the great events we have coming up at moviemakingbay.eventbrite.com and check out our website with our short films and much more!! moviemakingbay.com

    2 · April 22, 2014

    • Ben Y.

      Excellent Elena! Thanks so much!

      1 · April 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a great meetup with many people from different walks of life. I learned a lot about the industry and the speaker was really entertaining. The networking was definitely a benefit.

    April 23, 2014

    • Ben Y.

      Glad it was useful, Jeff! See you next month!

      April 23, 2014

  • Vincent L.

    Sorry, something came up on set and I'll have to stay in Sonoma county for this one. Will stay in touch and be at the next one for sure.

    April 22, 2014

  • Welbon I. S.

    Unfortunately, I too will miss tonight's event. I'm double booked too, but I'll look forward to the next one Ben.

    April 22, 2014

  • Nicholas C.

    Not going to make it tonight. Traveling today. See you at the next one! Respectfully, Nicholas Chase

    April 22, 2014

    • Ben Y.

      Too Bad Nicholas. We were actually going to give you a special thank you because of all the promotion you've been doing for us on Stage32. We'll see you next month!

      1 · April 22, 2014

  • Janet

    I now unfortunately cannot make it but hope to be at the next one. I changed my RSVP so hopefully people get on from the waiting list. This looks like a great group of people and I look forward to meeting you all.

    1 · April 22, 2014

  • BenH

    In corp vid production & won't be able to make it in time sadly

    1 · April 22, 2014

  • Kari W.

    I just changed my reply to no - change of plans - catch you all next time!

    2 · April 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so bummed to miss another... Fingers crossed it works for the next one!

    2 · April 21, 2014

  • Benjamin M.

    I'm really sorry to have to miss you all tomorrow. Have fun, and I look forward to our next meetup. Such a great group!

    1 · April 21, 2014

  • Ben Y.

    MMTB, One of our cross promotional sponsors just started a meetup group! You should check it out and join, and we'll see you tomorrow.

    http://www.meetup.com/MovieMakingBay/

    2 · April 21, 2014

    • Elena

      Sweet! Thanks!

      April 21, 2014

  • marcy

    Hello Everyone, I'm driving to LA that night so will be there for the early part of the evening and hope to meet and chat with many of you! I'm a photojournalist in the first stages of developing my documentary on human-wildlife conflict.
    http://cheetah-watch.com

    April 19, 2014

  • Elena

    Sounds interesting, glad this is happening. I will do my best to make it. It all is depending on my work load that day. I hope to make it and meet many likeminded folks. Everyone can feel free to also email me at [masked] if we don't connect.
    www.MovieMakingBay.com

    April 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ben. Don't see a separate discussion for carpool. Did I miss something? Jason.. It appears you and I may be the only North bay members so far. Regardless yes let's ride together. Will call or email you towards the end of the week to figure out logistics.

    April 13, 2014

    • Ben Y.

      Hey Jonathan, it's the first post under the Discussions tab in the general group. Lenore has already posted there looking for a ride from North Berkeley since she's on Crutches.

      April 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wondering if there are any members attending from the North Bay (Marin/Napa/Sonoma) that would like to carpool.. My car only seats two, but I'm happy to contribute for tolls/parking :)

    1 · April 11, 2014

    • Jason E.

      I can take you Jonathan, you should have just sent me note! ;)

      April 13, 2014

    • Ben Y.

      Hey Guys, Just started a carpool thread in the discussion forum here on Meetup, feel free to use it to arrange carpools!

      2 · April 13, 2014

  • Amanda R.

    Unfortunately, I can't make it this month either. I have a previous engagement that day. Hopefully next month!

    April 6, 2014

    • Ben Y.

      Sorry we'll miss you agin Amanda, :(. Just for your planning, it's looking like we're claiming 4th tuesday for our events. Hopefully next month! :)

      April 6, 2014

    • Amanda R.

      Hopefully so. Tuesdays are not the best day for me, but I'll try to make it when I can.

      April 8, 2014

  • Lenore N.

    I cannot find the FB page for this group, what is it called? Thanks!

    April 1, 2014

  • Nicholas C.

    There is new legislation to stop 'Runaway Production' in California. I urge all Entreproducer's to sign the petition today! http://www.filmworksca.com/petition?splash=1

    3 · April 1, 2014

  • Randy

    We are actively looking for a food sponsor. I figure a group filled with producers will know how to find a good caterer or restaurant that wants to get in good with our community. Shout out ideas if you have them!

    Thanks guys!

    3 · March 26, 2014

    • Nicholas C.

      Hi Art B. and Ben, Art, Ben has requested using the Entreproducer's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/­­producerfoundry for job postings specific to Entreproducers. I have no objection to having jobs I discover appearing on both sites, you? Respectfully, Nicholas Chase - producer / director

      1 · April 1, 2014

    • Nicholas C.

      Hi Randy, Finding sponsors can be a difficult task in the early stages. We found word of mouth, social media and asking our own employers worked the best for us. Make it clear what the sponsor is giving you (money, food, venue) and what they will be getting in return (a logo on the website, a mention on the night, an opportunity to give a two minute talk). I’ve attended other meetups where sponsors take over events and where the night become a massive sales pitch. Setting expectations early on will prevent this from happening to us. Perhaps a discount coupon / offer from a nearby restaurant or pub could provide snacks etc for MeetUps. We arrive early for SF Meetings and maybe a promised meal there would encourage their participation / sponsorship? See you on the 22nd.

      3 · April 1, 2014

  • Jen M.

    I <3 Marc!

    2 · April 1, 2014

  • Randy

    Oh MAN do we have some exciting things in store for April's meetup! We're hoping you love the idea as much as we do.

    Hint: make sure to bring at least *one* business card. :)

    3 · March 31, 2014

  • Jason E.

    Not sure if its of benefit, although if it's appreciated or requested, I could potentially provide/donate some wine in the future? Im also a proprietor in the wine industry.

    3 · March 28, 2014

    • Ben Y.

      Thanks for the superb review Nicholas! We'll be happy to have you at the next one, Jason. We'll talk about this among the team soon and get in touch. Thanks for your interest, we're always happy to have the support of the film community.

      2 · March 30, 2014

    • Randy

      Jason, I'll be getting in touch with you regarding a wine donation/sponsorship. Thanks for offering!

      1 · March 31, 2014

  • Nicholas C.

    Please advise if we can post job opportunities here? I see several in the skill sets of members and wanted to help the Community we are building. Ben and Randy please advise? Example: http://www.lyft.me/jobs?job=broadcast-producer Respectfully, Nicholas Chase - producer / director

    1 · March 29, 2014

    • Ben Y.

      Alright, we've decided that we'd love to have as many jobs offered postings on the Facebook Group as possible. This is only for jobs offered, not for people seeking jobs, and should be kept to the Facebook Group, not the Meetup Group. I look forward to seeing you liven up the discussion Nicholas!

      1 · March 31, 2014

    • Ben Y.

      oh, facebook URL in case you don't have it... www.facebook.com/groups/­producerfoundry

      2 · March 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Carpooling is always an excellent idea for those not in SF like myself. If there are any members coming from the North Bay, let's figure something out. Am happy to chip in for toll or parking :)

    3 · March 31, 2014

    • Nicholas C.

      Jonathan did a stellar job of facilitating, managing and promoting that Stage 32 February 2014 MeetUp event. We had a terrific meeting with lots of synergy like Producers Foundry is seeking. Looking forward to the next one Ben!

      1 · March 31, 2014

    • Ben Y.

      I think we should really make a concerted effort for Carpooling this time, as the event will actually be on Earth Day. Also, PArking around 9th street can be difficult.

      1 · March 31, 2014

  • Nicholas C.

    Just saw this. Maybe some Producers Foundry Content Creators need an outlet on TV for their projects? https://pro-labs.imdb.com/name/nm0005421?d=nm_ovrview_contact

    Nicholas Chase - producer / director / writer

    2 · March 31, 2014

  • Nicholas C.

    Also our Entreproducers Foundry Community member Art Bodner, who distributed his creation, th excellent "Bay Area Film and Video Resources MAP and Guide" at the initial meeting has many jobs listed at www.productionhotspot.com . Randy and Ben please advise if you want these 'jobs'to appear in a uniqueTAB on the MeetUp site? Respectfully, Nicholas Chase - producer / director

    1 · March 29, 2014

  • Claudia F.

    Great event last night! Looking forward to the next one!

    3 · March 26, 2014

    • Ben Y.

      Thanks Claudia. So are we!

      1 · March 26, 2014

  • Britton

    Sorry we'll miss this one. We'll be at Sci-Fi London with Senn (http://sennition.com). The inaugural Meetup was great. Thanks for making the new group happen.

    2 · March 26, 2014

    • Ben Y.

      No worries! Hopefully we'll see you in MArch.

      March 26, 2014

    • Ben Y.

      Excuse me, May.

      March 26, 2014

  • sara m.

    Sadly can't make it - will be out of town. Hope to be there next time!

    1 · March 26, 2014

    • Ben Y.

      Too bad Sara, hopefully we'll see you in May!

      March 26, 2014

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