Richmond resident submits winning documentary idea

Richmond-resident Nathan vom Minden was named as one of five winners whose subject idea made it to the next round in The Spitfire Documentary Project, the first crowdsourced documentary from the producers of Oscar-winning documentary Undefeated in partnership with the leading video crowdsourcing network Tongal. He has won $1,000 and stands to receive 5% of any of Tongal’s net profits if a film based on their Subject is distributed. His idea has a shot of being the subject for the documentary. Here is his winning idea (the other 4 are below):

A Matter of Lights and Death – Nathan von Minden, Richmond, TX – The story of the housing community called Pecan Grove in Texas, whose intense and outrageous holiday lights competition is a lighting rod for controversy.

The documentary is following Tongal’s well-established content development process, which began with this 500-character idea-submission phase where the top five ideas for documentary subjects were selected by Spitfire Pictures and Tongal.

In this Next Phase, filmmakers everywhere are invited to develop and submit a pitch based on their choice of one of the five winning subjects, or submit a “wild card” entry (i.e., a pitch entry based on an entirely new idea submitted simultaneously with the filmmaker’s pitch), striving to be one of eight to receive $2,500 in funding to produce a sizzle reel for their proposed documentary and move on in the competition. Two sizzle reels will ultimately be “green lit” for production and the associated filmmakers will enter into a production agreement with Tongal, entitling them each to a budget of $35,000 to produce a director’s cut of their film.

Finally, at least one of the two final filmmakers will receive an additional $15,000 in funds to complete their documentary.

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