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A Boy's Life will be part of the Opening Night Line-Up of shorts for Festival Cine Diva in Panama - September 8th! We are excited to go international!

Festival Cine DivaA Boy's Life will be part of the Opening Night Line-Up of shorts for Festival Cine Diva in Panama - September 8th! We are excited to go international! Not only will the film be screening but it will be screening with Spanish subtitles thanks to our translation and transcription team.  

If you happen to be in Panama for the fest, take a picture of yourself there and post it on the A Boy's Life Facebook Page!

There's not wrong way or right way to raise money. They key is to be creative, think out of the box and do what your network, friends and family would find entertaining. We knew that our networks would pay money to make Rob eat tons of tacos. And they did.

There is no one way to find funding for your project.  Whether it's donations or investments that you're after, people still need to know the same thing.  Who are you?  What is your project/story?  What's your project's goal?  What is the budget?  What is the timeline?  And, what am I going to gain from this?  The answers all vary but this is what makes your story unique and important.  

Last year, you may remember, we produced the TACOathon.  This was an eight-hour fundraising live stream to raise money for two projects: A Boy's Life (short film) and Replaced Series (indie TV pilot).  I, Allison Vanore (Producer of both projects) and Rob Gokee (Music Composer for Replaced) went head-to-head raising money and eating tacos.  Every $50 donated to one of the projects would mean that rep would have to eat a taco.  Now this may seem strange, crazy or just plain stupid HOWEVER that day we raised close to $2,500 total for the two projects.  That's more in one day than any other day we were fundraising.  Why did this work?  It's because Rob and I have a large, supportive network online and offline, Rob also has a reputation for being taco obsessed and we can stream from our home for 8 hours without much technical support.  

What do you need to produce a TACOathon?

Graphics to support the show (Taco Count Photos for Twitter and Facebook)

Chat Room Moderator (Krista Vanore)

Twitter and Facebook Updater (Diane Beck)

A Guest Interview per Hour: Vianessa Castanos, Jamie Fishback, Alicia Ying, Robb Padgett, Heath Vinyard, Sheila Daley, Laurie Records, and Eli Benavidez (all of whom have a large social media presence and network to draw from)

Taco Ingredients prepped and ready to cook

Laptop w/ a built-in camera (and internet connection)

UStream Channel

Promotion to your networks at least a week prior

IndieGoGo Campaign

After our show aired we had a few friends and acquaintances try something similar.  One of which Rob actually took part in: The Destructathon (raising money for Hollywood Wasteland).

There's no wrong way or right way to raise money.  They key is, be creative, think out of the box and do what your network, friends and family will find entertaining.  We knew that our networks would pay money to make Rob eat tons of tacos.  And they did.

To watch the TACOathon, visit our YouTube Channel.

This screening brings together A Boy's Life by LA based Eli Benavidez and The Drought by NYC based Kevin Slack.

I'm happy to announce the screening of two great short films (yes I produced them both but I firmly believe they are amazing and you will be impressed).  This screening brings together A Boy's Life by LA based Eli Benavidez and The Drought by NYC based Kevin Slack.  These two emerging writer/directors are creatives to watch out for in the near future.  They are doing inspiring and artistic things in the world of film.  

Join us tomorrow night for the screening - Monday, August 15, 2011 at 8pm at Raleigh Studios, Chaplin Theatre.

**RSVP Here**

Attendees will also get a sneak peek at something from Hopelessly In June, Replaced and a premiere of a PSA by Raphe Wolfgang.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

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I'd like to announce that I'm now signed on to produce some fantastic new projects!

I'd like to announce that I'm now signed on to produce some fantastic new projects!

The Drought - a short film by Kevin Slack

An elderly umbrella salesman tries to survive a summer drought in Brooklyn.

Kevin recently wrote and directed short film, The Support Group, which is just now making the festival circuit - soon to be screening at the Big Apple Film Festival!  Follow Kevin on Twitter

Replaced - a pilot / series by Heath Vinyard

A U.S. Marshal is brought in on a homicide case & discovers he is the murdered victim.

While we begin pre-production on the new series, Heath is relaunching his amazing action webseries, End Result, in the coming weeks so be sure to check that out! Follow Heath on Twitter

A Boy's Life - a short film by Elias Benavidez

Through his father’s absence, an imaginative boy attempts to prove to his disbelieving mother that the monster beneath his bed is real.

Eli and I recently finished short film, A Note to Etienne, which we have sent out to numerous film festivals - fingers crossed!! Follow Eli on Twitter

Compassionate Cleaning Service - a webseries by Steven Deeble

A situation comedy about a family that becomes involved in the culture of medical marijuana.

Steve and I have worked together on a few projects over the past 2 years for other people and now look forward to creating one together! Follow CCS on Twitter

[Untitled] - a short film by Brian Ward

A recreation of a short film shot years ago... more details coming soon.  Follow Brian on Twitter

I'll be updating more about these projects and the current projects (SOLO The Series, Hopelessly in June) as news, fund raising and releases/events come up!

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The Writer/Director of "A Note to Etienne," Eli Benavidez, has developed his next short subject film, "A Boy's Life."

The Writer/Director of "A Note to Etienne," Eli Benavidez, has developed his next short subject film, "A Boy's Life."  While "A Note" is hitting festivals, Benavidez decided it's time to start pre-production on his next film.  He approached his producer for "A Note," Allison Vanore, with a script for his next venture and Vanore agreed, it's a great script and she's excited to jump in and produce another film with Benavidez.  Set to go into production in the late fall, the ball is rolling to get funds in place and begin the process yet again - this time with a young actor and a somewhat scary subject.