All filmmakers face the challenge of finding money. For first-time filmmakers, funding is not even the first hurdle. Even before the money comes, many artists become discouraged because they don’t have the access to a brain trust or a community that will assist them with navigating the tricky terrain of filmmaking. It’s key to get advice from experienced people in the field who can help you work smart as you move toward your goal. The money comes as a result of those meaningful relationships and the advice you get from those who have done it before you.
We spoke to Erik Parker and One9 about how they got their documentary, Nas: Time Is Illmatic, made and advice for fellow filmmakers seeking funding.