Angelo Bell: For Filmmaking Pros – JOBS ACT Info


by Angelo Bell

Michael Barnard has written a document on the  JOBS ACT that every filmmaking professional (producer, director, writer) — that is, anyone who hopes to have a career making films — should read.

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act or JOBS Act, is a law intended to encourage funding of United States small businesses by easing various securities regulations. It passed with bipartisan support, and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on April 5, 2012.

Many will skim over or dismiss the valuable information inside the document, prepared by Mr. Barnard, and rest assured, if you remain steady in your filmmaking endeavors you’ll end up regretting it.  If you’re interested or concerned about film funding and financing, crowdfunding, or running your own production company, take heed.

If you plan to treat your business like a business, take a moment and read this article.

I had the pleasure of meeting Michael several years ago, then again at a screening of my short film Renounced at the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles. Just recently, Michael and I caught up with each other in New York where we both worked on the independent Jungian detective comedy, Breakthrough Weekend.

If you get a chance, sit down and talk to MB. He’s got a colorful history in indie film and he’s probably worked on bigger projects than you and your momma!



Provisions of the 2012 JOBS ACT