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PGA East: Producing with Kickstarter
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When: Wednesday, March 14th
Where: Producing with Kickstarter
58 Kent Street
Brooklyn, New York  11222
United States

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Producing with Kickstarter

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Kickstarter Headquarters
58 Kent St.
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Wednesday, March 14th
Doors Open: 6:30pm
Light Reception: 6:45 - 7:30pm
Presentation: 7:30 - 9:00pm


As a producer, you're probably looking for finance and audience—and Kickstarter can help you find both. This evening at Kickstarter HQ will cover all the essentials of running a successful campaign—not only to reach your funding goal, but also as a space to grow and connect with your audience.

We'll also be addressing questions that producers often have...

  • How a successful campaign affects distribution
  • Working with fiscal sponsors
  • Giving away title credits as rewards
  • well as addressing specific questions the audience may have.


Elise McCave, Director of Narrative Film will be joined by veteran producers who have successfully used the platform to give us some real talk about the opportunities presented by crowdfunding.

Shrihari Sathe is an independent producer and director. Sathe's feature directorial debut – Ek Hazarachi Note (1000 Rupee Note) has received over 30 awards including several recognitions for Best Director and Best Film. Sathe is a 2013 Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow and has received fellowships from the HFPA, PGA, IFP, Film Independent, and The Sundance Institute.

Sathe produced Jaron Henrie-McCrea's Pervertigo, Eliza Hittman's It Felt Like Love and Elisabeth Subrin’s A Woman, A Part. He co-produced Partho Sen-gupta's Sunrise, Afia Nathaniel’s Dukhtar, Anthony Onah’s The Price, Eliza Hittman’s Beach Rats - among others.

Sathe is the recipient of the 2016 Cinereach Producer Award. He is a Trans Atlantic Partners fellow (2013) and Cannes Producer's Network fellow (2014, 2015, 2016). Sathe is an Adjunct Assistant Professor and Production Advisor at Columbia University.

Gary Hustwit is an independent filmmaker and photographer based in New York. He has produced 13 feature documentaries, including the award-winning I Am Trying To Break Your Heart about the band Wilco; Oddsac, an experimental feature film by the band Animal Collective; and Mavis!, the HBO documentary about gospel/soul legend Mavis Staples. Gary worked with punk label SST Records in the late-1980s, ran the independent book publishing house Incommunicado Press during the 1990s, was Vice President of the media website in 2000, and started the indie DVD label Plexifilm in 2001.

In 2007 he made his directorial debut with Helvetica, a documentary about graphic design and typography. The film marked the beginning of a design film trilogy, with Objectified, about industrial design and product design following in 2009, and Urbanized, about the design of cities, in 2011. The films have been broadcast on PBS, BBC, HBO and television outlets in 20 countries, and have been screened in over 300 cities worldwide. In 2016, Workplace, a documentary project about the future of the office, was commissioned for the Venice Biennale of Architecture. His current project is a feature film about German design legend Dieter Rams, due to be released in 2018.

Gary’s films have been featured at the Sundance Film Festival, the South by Southwest Film Festival, and the Toronto International Film Festival, among others. He was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Helvetica, and has served on the grand juries of the Sundance Film Festival, the IFP Gotham Awards, and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Gary was named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. He is a member of the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

His film and photographic work has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art New York, Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Design Museum London, Venice Biennale, Paul Kasmin Gallery New York, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Storefront for Art and Architecture New York, and the Colette Gallery in Paris, among others.

In 2016 Gary launched Scenic, a virtual reality content studio focusing on non-fiction VR work. His latest VR documentary collaboration with filmmaker Sam Green, This Is What the Future Looked Like, explores the work and legacy of futurist and architect Buckminster Fuller.

He is also obsessed with guitars and is a partner in the boutique guitar company Koll Guitars.