A new film fund to produce five independent feature film projects in the next two years

Producer fund I seeks to produce films that change people for the better - the audience, the crew, and the film industry at large.Fund I is a $10M fund to produce four feature films over the next two years, led by Daren Smith, founder of Craftsman Films.We're seeking out first-time writer-directors, and small creative teams that work efficiently and have a track record of producing outsized results.The films will be produced in tax-advantaged states, with distribution in place before production begins.If you value being early to new opportunities, we've got a seat at the table for you.

how it works

We are targeting a $10m fund. We have over $1m of early interest from initial investors.We are starting our formal raise from accredited angel investors.

INVESTMENT THESISThe film industry is broken. In 2023 we experienced the first "dual strike" in Hollywood in over 60 years. The writers and actors wanted a better deal, and were willing to go months without working to show the studios how important their demands were.The reason: the studios took too much.There's an opportunity to create a better film industry for creators to work in. To make more by taking less.Instead of the studio model, we use our leverage to create better working conditions, more profitable projects, and give equity to the hundreds of artists that work on each of our films.We are making films that change people for good: telling stories that inspire change in the audience, create a better livelihood for the crew, and that show the industry that there's a better, more fair and equitable, way.

HOW TO JOIN PRODUCER FUND I:1. Register for an upcoming intro call.
2. Apply as an accredited investor
3. 20% capital call per film
4. SPV set up for each film
5. Monthly updates via email

General PartnerDaren Smith - Craftsman Films
Film Investments5 total, ~one every 4-6 months
Minimum Investment$10,000
Maximum Investment$2,500,000
Management Fee4% for 5 years
Carried Interest20%
Preferred Interest25%
Equity In Each Film50%
Film Budget$1.5m or less per film
SPV Per Film$250k - $1M
Film CreditsIf Desired
Associate Producer$250,000+ (25+ units)
Co-Executive Producer$500,000+ (50+ units)
Executive Producer$1,000,000 (100+ units)

daren smith - General partner

Daren Smith, Founder of Craftsman Films, has over 18 years of experience in media, tv, and film.He co-founded and ran Telekinesis Entertainment from 2009-2017, then started DS Media in 2018 to become an independent producer.He produced 4 seasons of the #1 rated show on BYUTV, Relative Race, from 2018-2020, then produced his first feature film in 2021, Amy Redford's What Comes Around which stars Grace Van Dien, Summer Phoenix, Kyle Gallner, and Jesse Garcia, and was selected for the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival and purchased by IFC Films.His second feature, Give Me Your Eyes was directed by Gary Auerbach for Top Dead Center Films and stars Elyfer Torres, Mauricio Ochman, and Hunter King. It filmed in Utah in February, 2022 and is out in the marketplace now seeking distribution.His third feature filmed internationally in Cape Town, South Africa. The Carpenter, directed by Garrett Batty has won a number of awards during it's festival run and is aiming for a theatrical release in 2024.The most recent project, The Faith Of Angels, written and directed by Garrett Batty and starring John Michael Finley (I Can Only Imagine), Cameron Arnett, and Kirby Heyborne has it's festival premiere at the Zions Film Festival 2024 to a sold out crowd, and will be in theaters in 2024.


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