Adventures in Crowdfunding

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October 2013
by Sylvia Binsfeld

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I have had an unusual challenge to meet. To create a book, I first need to make a movie, and not just any type of movie—a short fantasy film, which means the expensive kind. The children’s picture books in the series I am working on, which started with Dorme: a Magical Dreamland Visit, will all come with a fantastical, imaginative short film and be illustrated with images taken from the film.

Dorme premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and then was invited to more than 38 other festivals throughout the world. Along the way it won four awards. One film festival director showed it a few years in a row. Gaiam Inc. purchased it for the Spiritual Cinema Circle DVD-of-the-month club. And I started working on my picture book. But as I was getting ready to go into prepublicity mode, a severe family crisis occurred that took up much of my time. So since I’m the only person running my tiny company, the book had only a mini-debut. It got a lovely writeup by Midwest Book Review, but it took a while for me to resurface and be ready to bring Dorme: A Magical Dreamland Visit to the public.

I sold my home to complete my first labor of love, so to make my second film and book, I had to think of something else to fund my rather costly endeavor, both money-wise and time-wise. I decided to try crowdfunding….IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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