Documentary Fundraising from the Roots Up

With Filmmaker Robert Bahar

Saturday, October 13 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Instructor: Robert Bahar
Workshop Location:
Scribe Video Center
4212 Chestnut Street, 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Fee: $65.

The producers of Made in L.A, Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar, will use their film as a case study to tell the story of how they raised the funds to make this feature length documentary film. The film, which took 5 years to complete, grew from a short video to expose deplorable working conditions faced by immigrant workers in the garment factories in L.A. into a much expanded story of the struggle of recent immigrants to get a foothold, to learn their rights and to assert their voice in our society. Made in L.A, had its world premiere at SilverDocs 2007, was featured at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and aired on P.O.V., PBS’ award-winning independent documentary showcase, in September of this year. They will discuss how they went from organizing houseparties and raising grassroots money to successfully positioning the project for bigger funders such as the Sundance Documentary Fund and Independent Television Service (ITVS). They will also discuss how they worked closely with the activists featured in the film who were able to use fundraising trailers as organizing tools for their own campaign. This master class is highly recommended for first time filmmakers and anyone making social issue documentaries.

Robert will also present a screening of Made in L.A. on Monday, October 15 at 7:00 pm at Drexel University as part of Scribe's Producers' Forum series.

Robert Bahar is the co-founder and coordinator of, a grassroots networking organization for documentary filmmakers, and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Documentary Association. He is a graduate of Drexel University where he produced and directed the award-winning documentary Laid to Waste with George McCollough about toxic waste dumping in Chester, PA. He holds an M.F.A. from The Peter Stark Program at the USC School of Cinema-Television.