FISCAL SPONSORSHIP

The Greater Philadelphia Film Office is a 501 c 3 organization and is able to serve as a Fiscal Sponsor for eligible projects.

Fiscal sponsorship refers to the practice of non-profit organizations offering their legal and tax-exempt status to groups engaged in activities related to the organization’s missions. It typically involves a fee-based contractual arrangement between a project and an established non-profit. See sample agreement.  Fiscal Sponsorship does NOT imply that the Film Office funds any projects directly.

Engaging a Fiscal Sponsor allows you to apply for foundation grants available only to non profits and to offer individual donors a tax deduction for their donation to your project.

It also gives your donors the option of gifting appreciated stocks to your project, giving them enormous tax benefits, the opposite of cashing in their stock, which incurs heavy taxes.  For details on this process, contact J.P. Cummins, First Vice President/Investments at Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC. JCummins@janney.com

There is a formal application process which includes an in-depth exploration of your project budget and full business plan, including summary of the project, timeline, fundraising strategy, distribution strategy/intended audience, bios of the principals and any other information that you feel reflects the integrity and viability of your project.  The size of the budget is not relevant; the feasibility of your plan to produce the project smartly within that budget is the key.   Become acquainted with the sample agreement , then contact Joan Bressler at 215-686-2668 or email joan@film.org to discuss your questions and further steps.

Current Projects:

What Will Become of Us (Formerly titled A New Armenia)

100 years after the Genocide, Armenian culture is alive in the United States. But what keeps it alive? Why does it thrive? How do Armenian Americans move into the future while remaining connected to their past? This 60-minute public television (PBS) documentary will look at how culture is passed down from generation to generation, how culture changes over time, and the challenges faced in an ever-modernizing, mainstream American culture.

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abgAlice Blue Gown- Arrival Productions

The story of “The Alice Blue Gown” chronicles the story of Lt. Col. Owen James Nugent, who successfully flew 28 missions during WWII following his inspiration to learn to fly at a victory parade for Charles Lindbergh.

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acAmerican Communion- Light Daughter Productions

American Communion melds intimate portraits of veterans of the US-led conflicts in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, with analysis of historical shifts in American practices of war making. Focusing on personal struggles with soldier identity, family relationships, civilian employment, and post- traumatic stress, this film sheds light on the combat veteran as a living individual, and as a cultural figure, asking critical questions about the relationship between global warfare and life on the home front.

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The Battle of Henry Johnson – MACHO GOAT Productions

In May 1918, in the Argonne forest, France, Henry Johnson, an American soldier of the 369th black infantry division, changed the outcome of the war.  With the help of his fellow soldier Needham Roberts, Johnson fought and defeated a raid of thirty elite German special forces.  If the 369th, also known as the Harlem Hell fighters, did not help the French fill the gaps in their line, the entire French army and maybe all of Europe could have fallen. That night has been immortalized historically as The Battle of Henry Johnson and the significance of this event needs to be told and be told as accurately as possible. Henry Johnson and Needham Roberts were the first Americans to receive the French Medal of Honor.  With this film the aspiration is to help change the societal view of American history that was created from institutional racism.

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Cheesesteak CityProduced by Arsenal Mediaworks

“Cheesesteak City,” a feature-length documentary, examines the city of Philadelphia, its people, and the relationship with their iconic sandwich. The story of the cheesesteak has been intertwined with that of contentious politics and intense family drama, and all the while has been a steadfast icon of the Philadelphia tourism industry. Through candid interviews, day-in-the-life and archival footage this documentary shines a light on the colorful families behind the sandwich and the quirky (and changing) city they call home. “Cheesesteak City” is not a story about meat, cheese and bread, but one of loyalty and success, betrayal and heartbreak, progress and tradition, national politics and neighborhood feuds, and most importantly, a city and its people.”

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bonesawtshirtfinal_Civil War Medicine

The Civil War marked the birth of modern medicine.  New, efficient weapons technology challenged medical treatments and techniques in use since the Middle Ages. A small number of physicians faced one million casualties. They created solutions to the lack of ambulances, skilled nursing care, surgical techniques and record-keeping. A huge, unprecedented civilian volunteer effort helped to heal the physical and spiritual wounds of a nation. This four-part documentary series, Civil War Medicine, adds an important chapter to the annals of American history.

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Dante’s Paradise

Dante’s Paradise is a one-hour, character-driven psychological crime drama that addresses the bigger questions in our society – a detailed, intelligent look into our concepts of right and wrong, as well as the often-debated question of “mad or just bad,” (i.e., sick versus evil).  All of this is seen through the eyes of the show’s imperfect hero, Dr. Dante De Carlo, a forensic psychiatrist who investigates crimes that venture into the darker places of not just action, but also motivation, in crimes of extreme violence, such as those that come across our TV screens on a daily basis.

Forensic psychiatry, or the “pathology of the monstrous” as it has been termed, is a profession often distorted in current TV crime/legal dramas.  Guided by Dr. Neil S. Kaye, one of the foremost forensic psychiatrists and expert witnesses in the country, Dante’s Paradise intends to give a realistic interpretation of what these professionals actually do.  The show is less about DNA and hair samples than it is about the exploration of the human psyche, social conditions and their effect upon crime and punishment.  Forensic psychiatrists are practicing clinicians who are elite experts in the workings of the human mind.  They bring this scientific expertise to bear in both criminal and civil court and legal proceedings, and thus are also experts in criminology and the law.

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ddDigital Dharma- Lunchbox Communications

The epic story of a cultural rescue and how one man’s mission became the catalyst for an international movement to find, save, and provide open access to the story of the Tibetan people.

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Dreams of Starlight

Our international drama DREAMS OF STARLIGHT tells the story of Saran, a young Mongolian herdswoman who flees her abusive relationship to pursue her passion for performing – only to see her longtime Hollywood dreams realized by her daughter.  It’s a universal story of courage, hope, and perseverance for a modern-day, global audience, slated to shoot in Mongolia, Guam, and Southern California.

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The Fourth Wall

The Fourth Wall series is a love letter to the lives of actors. The series takes us behind the scenes into the dramatic, comedic, romantic, and emotional lives of performers and other artisans working in the world. Season two of The Fourth Wall highlights the struggles performers and creatives went through during the pandemic. These stories are told through small vignettes that will all be intertwined and depict different struggles of  life during the pandemic highlighting Zoom, Tik Tok and Youtube as the new normal for creatives.

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Let’s Get Arrested Again! The George Lakey Documentary

From the age of 12, George Lakey has boldly faced the uneasy.

“In my heart of hearts, I’m a rebel . . . I’m healthiest, most creative and productive when I’m in touch with my rebel self.”

The documentary presents the life and work of this rebel nonviolent revolution activist, a deeply spiritual man who has been guided in life by his ideal of societal transformation.

Our film will move back and forth in time, highlighting specific events of George’s activist life – including building the movement against the Vietnam war, LGBTQ actions, Peace Brigades in Sri Lanka and the more recent Earth Quaker Action Team’s campaign against PNC bank for financing mountaintop removal coal mining. These events/actions will reveal the universal truths of his message and show how we can apply learnings from the past to the actions today, despite our current polarized society.

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The Golden Mile

From White Lyte Productions, the team that brought you the documentary Bazaar of All Nations, this film will follow the historical significance of Baltimore Pike as a major thoroughfare from colonial times through the modern era, focusing on the section known as The Golden Mile. Memorable destinations such as “Playtown Park”, “Charlie’s Hamburgers”, “The Alpine Inn”, “The Fireside Hearth”, “Strawbridge and Clothier” as well as other early car dealerships, restaurants, and shops will be covered.

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Hell or High Seas

Hell or High Seas follows U.S. Navy veteran Taylor Grieger and writer Stephen O’Shea as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime — sailing around Cape Horn, the world’s most treacherous ocean waters.

The film is a moving portrait of a veteran using his own painful journey with PTSD to find healing for himself, and pave a smoother path for veterans returning to civilian life.

Hell or High Seasis an adventure film with a deep, universal message about perseverance and hope.

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Metronome

Everyone is trying to find his or her rhythm in life. METRONOME is a story of a young man’s struggle to find his place in the world. Alex finds solace in the world of jazz, the jazz clubs, the after-hour listening parties and jam sessions, in the streets of Philadelphia and a unique bond with two brothers who own the jazz club.  Everyone has a story full of tosses and turns, trials and tribulations – life is not always harmonious. METRONOME is a story of hope, improvisation and self-actualization.  We are all trying to find our rhythm in life and searching for our guardian angels or our Metronomes if you will that help us find our rhythm along the way.
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paaffPhiladelphia Asian American Film Festival

The first event of its kind in Philadelphia: a film festival celebrating and elevating the Asian American experience. November 2016.

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Squatter

An unstable squatter, close to an overdose, breaks into an abandoned house being the first to cross paths with the body of a suicide victim. Confronting the similar possibility of dying alone, she begins to confide in the dead man. Written and Directed by Miranda Zampogna, Squatter features mental illness within the female perspective to ultimately tell a story about the human condition

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Studio Jams

Studio Jams is a creative, up-close and inside look at the art of making music. It’s a program that is dedicated to presenting interesting and innovative music education. Each episode of Studio Jams features a diverse group of talented jazz and blues musicians, gathered together in a recording studio for the sole purpose of creating fresh, new music. Many are working with one another for the very first time. Viewers watch them rehearse and perform fresh, new material – totally on the spot. Musicians at each session are some of the best in the business…world-class artists, many with strong national and/or international appeal.

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Taking Orders

The episodic documentary, Taking Orders, focuses on how the COVID-19 pandemic has paralyzed hundreds of small, NC businesses, causing irreversible damage for many. The federal government’s hasty, unorganized response to rescue small businesses all but failed leaving a North Carolina restaurateur, CrossFit gym owners, and teen-aged candy store owner to redefine their livelihood at a time when there is little hope that small businesses will survive this pandemic.

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WHAT’S IN A NAME? (One-hour TV documentary)- Kuyamba Media

In an imaginative one-man show, a theater artist examines his bittersweet South Philadelphia upbringing. Offstage, he embraces a new life as father and husband, determined to give his son a secure foundation. However, contradictions from his childhood nip at his peace of mind. He feels compelled to make sense of the divergent paths blazed by the men in his family—from Jim Crow South to South Philadelphia business empire, incarceration to Islam, and streets to spotlight. Producers: Malkia K. Lydia and Khalil A. M. R. Munir.


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WHAT IS A BLACK MAN

What is a Black Man? is the intimate story of Alex, Michael, Uriah, and Clinton, four African-American teenage friends living in inner-city Philadelphia working mindfully to create their own definitions of who they are and who they will become amidst continued controversial portrayals of Black men. Working multiple hours a day writing and producing music, they aspire to become mainstream hip-hop artists without having to compromise their racially and socially conscious message. Their bond deepens as they learn of each other’s struggle with complex family dynamics, mental illness, financial difficulties, and internal doubt. When conflict among them arises, they learn to put aside their differences to overcome their struggles and challenge the current state of hip-hop to continue making the conscious music they have committed themselves to. This feature-length documentary intimately captures the reality of chasing a dream while grappling the effects of living in an inner-city.

WORKFORCE

“Workforce” is a 60-minute, episodic, dramatic series portraying the ongoing grind of a struggling mid-size manufacturing firm (Protocol Industries).  It reflects the workplace during the Great Recession and the fearful workers whose jobs are threatened.  It illustrates the battles between union and management, management and management, and the employees caught in the crossfire. The Pilot is highlighted by the hiring of the company’s “savior”, Anthony Scolari, an irreverent, but very engaging forty-something. Scolari is impatient with the self-important and arrogant but is an employee advocate who must strike the difficult balance between what’s right for the employees and what’s right for business. 

“Workforce’s” episodes will track the progression (and regression) in Scolari’s attempt to keep the plant a viable place of employment. The pilot episode will showcase the battle he’ll wage with his managers as he attempts to unite this fractious group. He’ll also meet with the chief union steward, a worthy foe, who will challenge Scolari’s anticipated approach to the union.

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PAST PROJECTS:

A Rising Tide

The American Worker

Badland

Building a Park in the Sky

The Computer Wore Heels

Cellular Aftershocks

Family of Too Many

Future Weather

Gooch

Higher Grounds

History Making Productions

Korean Cultural Foundation

Lebanon

The Magic South

Mona Lisa is Missing: The True Story of the Man Who Stole the Masterpiece

Muñe  (Previously titled AYAYAY)

The Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival

The Philadelphia Latino Film Festival

Philly Pop Music

The Philo Project

No Prisoners

Return Safely

Ride To Die

Thank You for the Opportunity

The Road to Jericho

Top Secret Rosies

Wyeth