WE MAKE MOVIES Evolves into First Community Funded, Owned and Operated Film Production Studio in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (March 3, 2015) – We Make Movies, an innovative film collective, unveils the first functional format for a member-funded, owned, and operated film and television production studio in Los Angeles.

The film collective publicly launched a Patreon campaign on January 1st which is slated to cover all of We Make Movies’ operating expenses and establish a rolling production fund for creating member-written, produced, shot, and distributed content. Patreon is a crowd-funding website, similar to Kickstarter and Indiegogo, but unlike other fundraising services that raise money for a single big event, Patreon is for creators who create a stream of ongoing works.

Monies from We Make Movies’ rolling production fund are compiled, members vote on the genre of the project, and members create and distribute the content as they see fit. The collective touts this new production company model as ‘the closest thing to a democracy within the film industry’. We Make Movies currently has 5 shorts, three features, and three pilots they plan to shoot in the next six months.

“We really want to create a place where filmmakers can make a decent living making content. If YouTube can do it with short, viral videos, why can’t we do some version of that with longer, more meaningful content?” explains COO Chad Kukahiko. 

Founded in 2009, We Make Movies (WMM) is a free Los Angeles-based community of over 4,000 independent filmmakers, writers, and actors dedicated to empowering creative professionals and providing the resources and connections that will help them get their movies made. 

Previously, the We Make Movies community has directly funded 18 independent films. In addition, more than 80 shorts and 6 full-length features have been produced after being developed through their workshops. Their films have been accepted in 12 film festivals, most recently winning “Best Short Film” at the Big Island Film Festival. WMM also produces and distributes educational industry podcasts “How We Make Movies,” “FCPX tutorials,” “Film Geeks,” and the newly acclaimed “Film Central.”
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