Maybe it’s not quite that simple, but here's how it works:
We Make Movies
We make regular, commercial movies and distribute them to the general public, just like everybody else. We show them in theaters, on DVD, over the internet, on television – we exploit them in every venue possible. The difference is when we make profits, those profits go into communities instead of our pockets.
We make them in places with depressed economies. This brings jobs and other fiscal goodies into the community right off the bat. We give people jobs. We buy stuff from local vendors. Money comes into town.
We use as much local talent as possible, more than your average Hollywood-invades-small-town operation. If we find someone with some talent who’s not quite ready to be hired, we give them an internship and let them get some real-world experience under their belts, making them that much more valuable in the future.
Our intern program is designed to reach out to under-served young adults who have left the educational system and fallen off the radar. We give them marketable skills, should they choose to pursue a career in media. They won’t all end up working in the film industry, but that’s the point. We’re just trying to put a little spark in their imagination, stir up the creative juices to help them figure out what they want to be - give them a sense of possibility.
Interns rotate from department to department, enjoying a taste of the whole filmmaking experience first-hand. Maybe that girl with the keen fashion sense will discover she really wants to be a gaffer.
We Find Talent
Of course we’re talking about actors, but we are talking about writers as well. Maybe there’s a story of local interest that a talented scribe can tell in a way that captivates audiences around the globe. Just because she doesn’t have a powerful agent shouldn’t mean she has no voice.
And what about music? Every town has a great band or two. Why can’t it be their song playing on the jukebox when the town bully takes a swing at our hero for eyeballin’ his woman? Sure, it will give them a little exposure, but it will also give them royalty income down the road – money that flows right back into the community.
Speaking of Money
Arts Work Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity. We use our tax-exempt status to make films cheaper than for-profit production companies can. Lower costs = higher profits. That's what they said at business plan school.
And what do we do with those profits? Set up funds in the communities where we shoot to make grants to local arts education programs to help those people do the good work of fostering creativity in students long after we’ve wrapped.
|It's a simple plan.||1. Make a movie.
2. Sell the move.
3. Give the profits to arts education.
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