ReFOCUS Filmmaker Fund

Fundraising campaign by Douglas Herman
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ReFOCUS Refugee Filmmaker Fund
They've got the skills, so all they need now are their own tools!

SUPPORT FILMMAKERS THROUGH OUR FILMMAKER FUND
by subsidizing our alumni and current students in securing the personal media gear needed to pursue careers as independent creators.

As any media creator can attest, professional gear and access to modern creation programs costs A LOT of money. While we have worked tirelessly to ensure students have access to pro-gear for their training, every photographer, designer and filmmaker eventually has to make the leap of faith and invest in their own equipment.

For our alumni and current students this is especially challenging since they are just getting started and don't have regular employment to fall back on to build savings. Despite these challenges they try to put nearly every penny they've earned as freelancers through our ReFOCUS collective toward their own equipment. In most cases this means making great compromises and sacrifices in the quality of gear they can afford, or in many instances it simply postpones the start of their careers or suspends their skill development once they relocate to another country and lose access to our Media Labs and equipment.

Making a specific donation to the FILMMAKER FUND ensures that each graduate of our program can apply for specific support in the purchase of their own equipment. The goal here is not to buy the gear for them outright, rather help them bridge the gap by matching what they are able to finance on their own.

For instance, a laptop powerful enough to run the media creation programs they've been trained to use may cost them over €2000, but some may only have €1000, meaning the laptop they can afford won't be able to truly handle the workflow needed. A donation to the FILMMAKER FUND will help cut their costs and ensure they can still own equipment to be truly independent creators.

These days an independent freelance media creator is expected to do it all- write, shoot and edit- with less and less offered per package and project. At minimum, a creator needs a basic kit to secure work and build a modern portfolio and reputation. This requires an initial outlay of expense most with full-time jobs can't afford, much less refugees who are entering a new field in a brand new host country. Support in the form of one-time or recurring donations ensure each of our graduates can start building up their own basic equipment kits and continue to create. Our alumni and current students have some of their own gear, but not all the pieces they need to be truly independent.

YOUR SUPPORT CAN HELP MATCH THE COST FOR THE FOLLOWING EXPENSES:
€ 2000…Laptop capable of running modern media programs
1500…Mirrorless digital camera for photo/video production
500…Gimbal for image stabilization
300...Zoom H6N Audio Recorder
300...Wireless Lavalier kit for camera and mobile
300...Directional microphone
300...Light kit for photo and video
200...Tripod or monopod
150...Flash Kit for studio photography
150…External hard drive for media storage
50…Memory Cards compatible with 4K footage
25…Adobe CC programs monthly memberships (300€ annual)
20...Mobile Data (per 20GB) to upload files on location
20...Personal Website per month (€240 annual)

Becoming a donor to the ReFOCUS FILMMAKER FUND is a critical act of support for individuals who cannot get started on their own. This fund will help us build an endowment ensuring every graduate of ReFOCUS programming will have the tools they need to keep creating and evolving as media artists and citizens.

JOIN THE FUND and help launch careers!

Learn more, stay updated and get involved:
FB/IG/YT/SC: @refocusmedialabs
TW: @refocusmedialab
Website: www.refocusmedialabs.org

Organizer

Cofounder- ReFOCUS Media Labs; Founder- Rough Cut Film Fest; Educator, Media Artist

Cofounder- ReFOCUS Media Labs; Founder- Rough Cut Film Fest; Educator, Media Artist

Donors

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  • Donated on Aug 20, 2021
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  • Julia Bürgin
  • Donated on May 18, 2021
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Donors & Comments

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  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Aug 20, 2021
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  • Julia Bürgin
  • Donated on May 18, 2021
$20.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Dec 25, 2020
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  • Chris Herman
  • Donated on Dec 02, 2020
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  • Karina Piersig
  • Donated on Dec 02, 2020
  • Thanks for doing this amazing work!!!

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  • Z + X Schultz
  • Donated on Dec 02, 2020
  • We are proud to support talented creatives + their incredible work.

$100.00
  • Diana von Webel
  • Donated on Dec 01, 2020
  • Thanks for your and your students’ incredible work. Hoping to see the future journalists thrive. <3

$100.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Dec 01, 2020
  • Keep up the good work, guys.

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