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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.

Purgatory, Inc., a short film by Boris Kievsky & Konstantin Lavysh and produced by Allison Vanore, has been selected to screen at the Garden State Film Festival March 31 - April 3

Purgatory, Inc., a short film by Boris Kievsky & Konstantin Lavysh and produced by Allison Vanore, has been selected to screen at the Garden State Film Festival March 31 - April 3 in Asbury Park, New Jersey.  Allison Vanore is a New Jersey native who grew up in Wall Township, NJ just a few minutes from GSFF hub. Allison is extremely excited to return to her home town area to screen Purgatory, Inc. to local friends, family and peers.

I'm working with Robert de Almeida on short horror film, "Kill Devil Hill" this week. We shot one day exterior woods last weekend with young actor, Aiden Miranda.

I'm working with Robert de Almeida on short horror film, "Kill Devil Hill" this week.  We shot one day exterior woods last weekend with young actor, Aiden Miranda.  This weekend we shoot our interior house scenes with our entire cast including Aiden's older brother, Hunter Miranda, who I've worked with on "Junkyard" and "The Price of Silence - PSA" over the past few years.

For more information: "Kill Devil Hill".

"Kill Devil Hill"

Writer/Producer/Director   Robert de Almeida

Associate Producer/AD   Allison Vanore

Director of Photography   Gregory White

Music Composer   Rob Gokee

My philosophy is to figure out what it is that you love to do and then do it with passion and vigor and at some point it will all pay off.
Purgatory, Inc.

If you follow me on Twitter or if you are friends with me on Facebook then you probably think, "Oh Allison, that super busy producer who runs around L.A. like she owns the place?  Yeah, she's working on everyone's project."

Well that just about sums it up. My philosophy is to figure out what it is that you love to do and then do it with passion and vigor and at some point it will all pay off.  Since coming out to L.A. in 2004 I have produced over 100 DVDs (menus, games, features, read-along's (and read-to-me's) as well as my fair share of short films and PSAs.  While I'm still doing all of these things on a limited basis, it's been since the end of 2008 that I've been engrossed with film productions big and small.

SOLO Day 3 Episode 1
SOLO The Series

What I am most excited about is that the feature film and the two webseries I'm producing are all at that figurative edge of the cliff and the F18 of hard work and opportunity is about to wiz by and take us on a journey.

Hopefully you'll be right there with me enjoying Hopelessly in June, S.O.L.O. The Series and Purgatory, Inc.

Check back with me here - there will be updates and I may reveal scandelous info (and pics!) about the cast and crew I work with (my attorney is shaking his head "no way" and my publicist is clapping... we'll have to wait to see who wins...).

Hopelessly In June

"Junkyard" producer, Allison Vanore, and writer/director, Michael Skvarla, traveled to Tucson, Arizona this October for the screening of their short film during the 2009 Tucson Film & Music Festival.

"Junkyard" producer, Allison Vanore, and writer/director, Michael Skvarla, traveled to Tucson, Arizona this October for the screening of their short film during the 2009 Tucson Film & Music Festival.

Other notes about the festival:

Hanson Film Institute

Visit the festival online at Tucson Film and Music Festival. This year's line up includes several films by Media Arts alumni includng Allison Vanore, Keith Ozar, Chelsea Cole and Michael Toubassi. In collaboration with Upstairs Film and the Tucson Film Office.

UA Media Arts Alum Blog

“Junkyard” will be screening as a part of the shorts section at the Crossroads Cinema on Swan and Grant, on Saturday, October 10th at 1:30pm.