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— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project

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SAN FRANCISCO– Panel: Fundraising Fundamentals at Bay Area Video Coalition

October 19, 2017 @ 11:30 am1:30 pm


Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) invites you to Fundraising Fundamentals! This year’s event features panelists from SFFILM and California Humanities, just to name a few. Come, bring your questions about funding your projects! Panelists will answer your questions about different fundraising platforms, how to write a successful grant application just in time for upcoming submission deadlines, and how to strategize the funding of your project. The price for the general public is $10, BAVC members get in for free. Let us know you’re coming by registering today.

Our Panelists:

Dimitri MooreVideo Producer & Digital Storytelling Coach, Digital Promise Dimitri produces video stories and coaches educators and students to produce 360 videos at Digital Promise Global. Before this, Dimitri worked at Columbia College Chicago, Youth Speaks, Bay Area Video Coalition, Mill Valley Film Festival, SF Sketchfest, Illinois Leadership Seminars and Free Spirit Media. Dimitri has trained youth in media production and leadership development, and has helped adults discover their preferred work culture. He has produced music videos for Bay Area artists, short narrative films, promo videos for small businesses, training videos for Facebook and Yahoo, and documentaries. He is currently the creator of a web series that focuses on The Ignition Point of addiction and passion, and a resident at San Francisco Film Society’s FilmHouse Residency Program. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Film and Video Producing. Twitter @dwmproducing  |  Website Lauren KushnerSenior Manager, Artist Development at SFFILM. Lauren Kushner is the Senior Manager of Artist Development at SFFILM, working closely with grantees, FilmHouse residents, and filmmakers across the Bay Area. Prior to joining SFFilm, Lauren founded Spare Change Content, where she consulted on documentary films in various stages of production, specializing in financing, distribution, marketing, and impact campaigns. She previously spent five years in Participant Media’s feature documentary and film marketing divisions. John Lightfoot, of California Humanities. John Lightfoot is Senior Program Officer at California Humanities where he manages the California Documentary Project, a competitive grant program for film, audio and interactive media projects that document California in all its complexity. Prior to California Humanities, he produced, directed and taught documentary film and was a staff producer of long and short-from documentaries for PBS affiliate Twin Cities Public Television. John has an MA in American Studies from Brown University and an MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State. Nancy KellyAs part of Kelly+Yamamoto Productions, Nancy wrote, directed, and produced feature length and short films that have screened all over the world and won numerous awards. She also directed and produced the critically acclaimed narrative feature film Thousand Pieces of Gold, starring Rosalind Chao (who played Keiko in Star Trek) and Academy Award winning actor Chris Cooper (who played Conklin in The Bourne Identity). Kenji Yamamoto: As part of Kelly+Yamamoto Productions, Kenji has edited and produced a number of award-winning independent films, including the narrative feature Thousand Pieces of Gold, which was part of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, went on to screen in the U.S. and Europe, and is now streaming on Amazon Prime. Yoav Potash: Yoav Potash is an award-winning filmmaker whose works address important contemporary issues. He produced and directed CRIME AFTER CRIME, an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and a New York Times Critics’ Pick. The documentary received a BAVC MediaMaker Fellowship, and went on to receive 25 major honors, including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the National Board of Review’s Freedom of Expression Award, the San Francisco International Film Festival’s Golden Gate Award for Investigative Documentary Feature, and multiple audience awards. CRIME AFTER CRIME had a national primetime television premiere on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, and has helped drive movements to change domestic violence law in multiple US states.


October 19, 2017
11:30 am – 1:30 pm


Bay Area Video Coalition
2727 Mariposa Street 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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