HOW TO INVEST
If you would like to be a part of what we’re doing and invest in our film, give me a call or send me an email. I’m sure you’ll want to discuss what all of it means and pick my brain about what’s going on. You can contact me here.
We are currently seeking investors over $5,000. If you would like to invest at a lower amount, call me or email me and we can discuss. There will also be a Kickstarter campaign for people who can’t be “investors” but would still like to be an important part of this film.
WHAT IT MEANS TO INVEST
If you’ve ever wanted to be a part of a feature film, here’s an opportunity to be directly involved in the process of putting Hunter Gatherer on the big screen.
Many of you have probably never invested in a film before, so I want to give you a breakdown of how it works. Note: This is not a legally binding document, just a basic rundown in layman’s terms of how things work. There are legal documents that will come into play, but here are the basics.
1. You write our production company a check.
2. We deposit the check and make an amazing film.
3. We take the film to festivals around the world and try to get people to buy it. This is a little complicated, but basically there are different outlets that are up for sale (theatrical distribution, video-on-demand distribution, etc.) and there are different territories that buy these different outlets (North America being just one of the territories). We try to sell to all kinds of different distributors all over the world.
3a. What happens if the film doesn’t sell? You were part of an amazing experience and you get a tax write-off for your failed investment.
4. What happens if the film sells but doesn’t make a profit? The first monies that come into the production company are used to pay back the investors in full. For example, if the film has $50,000 worth of investors and the film sells for $50,000, the investors recover their entire investment without any interest or gain.
4a. What happens if the film sells and makes money? (A quick note: This is our goal: to make a film that people want to see and distributors will pay money for. There is no guarantee that this will work out this way, but this is what we are aiming for.) Using our previous example, say the film has $50,000 worth of investments, but it sells for $100,000, there will be $50,000 profit for the production company and investors. This profit is split 50/50 between the investors and the production company. The 50% that goes to the investors is broken up by what percentage the investor has in the overall investment. For example, if you invested $10,000 of the entire $50,000 of investments, you would get 20% of 50% of that $50,000 profit. This is above and beyond the 100% of your investment that you recovered from the first $50,000 of the sale of the film. The 50% of the profit that goes to the production company is split between the filmmakers and actors. (On a film of this size and scale, most people are working for little or no pay up front. The shared profit is a way to let everyone have a part in the process and the outcome).
5. As stated in #4a above, any money that comes in to the production company after the investors have regained their initial investment is split 50/50 between the two parties. This is forever, in all perpetuity, etc. This means that if the film sells at festivals and in 10 years HBO wants to air it, they buy the rights and the production company gets money. That means that you, the investors, would get your respective portions of 50% of that money.
5. CREDIT ON THE FILM. If you invest $5,000 - $9,999 you will receive an CO-PRODUCER credit and be listed in the film’s credits on-screen with the other investors at this level. If you invest $10,000 or more, you will receive an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit and be listed in the film’s credits on-screen with the other investors over $10,000.
Also: any investor is allowed to come hang out on set and see your money put to work! And of course, there will also be festivals to attend and elbows to rub!
There are, of course, nuances to each step of this process, but this list is meant to explain in a very basic way how it works. If you’d like to more about investing in Hunter Gatherer, please email or call us from the CONTACT page