On October 13th, 2011, the launch party for the Social Media Film Festival took over the Royal Resort along with Indie Film Factory in rockin’ style with a ‘band of brothers’ Eric and Ben Ward who make up the Southern rock band, Son of a Gun. SMFF and IFF showcased Indie Go-Go video campaigns to a lively crowd of filmmakers, artists and screenwriters, etc.
There are some special thank yous that must go out. First, thank you to those who ‘checked-in’ using Foursquare or Twitter. Thank you to Nestor Ruesga of SOS 2.0 Productions for videotaping the event and snapping photos and making us look cool. SMFF also wants to thank Chad Plummer for additional filming. Thank you to Rianne Hill Soriano for getting us some press in Yahoo Movies. SMFF thanks Finesse Enterprises especially Demont Daniel and Sara Gabriella for being present and supportive. Thanks to supportive friends Yolanda Arteaga, Darlene Dalmaceda Chris Rogers, JR Thompson and John Kawano.
It ain’t no party without a Will Edwards as your host. Thank you to the various attendees that came from FaceBook, the Mashable and LV Screenwriters MeetUps and other places invites were posted. The Royal House @ the Royal Resort gave us the royal treatment. Thanks to Will Bailey and Ryan Pardey for providing a wonderful experience. The projector and screen worked out perfectly. Again, I have to thank Eric Ward and Ben Ward of Son of a Gun.
When it was time for Son of a Gun to end their set for the night, the party didn’t end there. The Royal House jazz band took over and they were fantastic. (If their name is acquired they’ll be added here.) A little shoutout to Maggie Yeah for suggesting the venue.
Thank you to Kelly and Charisma Schwarze of the Indie Film Factory for joining SMFF and making the event even better. Those great looking cookies turned our crowd into ‘cookie monsters.’ The Founder of SMFF, Ross H. Martin, (writing this post in 3rd person) looked all over for a cookie at the end of the night. No cookies were found.
One BIG thank you to Ross’ parents, Jeff and Clara Martin whom are the most supportive and generous individuals on this and any other planet.
Crowd-funding is a way for people either in the film business or no association at all to be a part of something. People can choose a project on Indie Go-Go that they believe in and want to see take place. You can pledge a small amount or a larger amount towards the project. Every little bit helps the project get closer to their funding goal. You can also help simply by sharing the Indie Go-Go links with your friends and family.
Support the arts!Sincerely, Ross H. Martin SMFF Founder
Here are the Indie Go-Go links for SMFF & IFF.