The Microlending Film Project currently has no formal distribution model in place. Upon completion of principal photography in mid-2011 we will make ourselves available to both traditional and newly conceived distribution models in an effort to make an impact on as wide an audience as possible.
At a length of 80-85 minutes, The Microlending Film Project will be accessible for broadcast on a variety of channels: HBO, Showtime, PBS, The History Channel, Sundance, and IFC. Additionally, The Microlending Film Project will feature an accompanying educational curriculum so that it may be screened and discussed in classroom settings at the middle school through University levels. The curriculum will be designed to encourage students to examine the state of development and the role of microfinance therein; it will call attention to the great need for transparency and regulation within the market if it is to be truly helpful and sustainable, and examine the promise of mobile banking and of domestic microfinance models.
The project will be shot primarily on HD24P video, using two Sony EX1 cameras Some archival photographs and footage will be employed in order to paint a more comprehensive picture of the lives these women lead, and the places they call home. The thoughts and insight of politicians, journalists, and philanthropists with various areas of expertise related to the subject will be incorporated in an effort to ground the narrative and lend the film a critical perspective. Creative usage of narration, music, and sound will further augment the project.
The Microlending Film Project will reach and inform people entirely unfamiliar with the concept of microfinance through the power of storytelling, as it is our intention to showcase the current state of microfinance through the lens of the personal narratives of the women it impacts.
At the same time, we will include ample amounts of academic analysis of current industry standards such that we hope that even those with much experience the world of microfinance will take away some new insight.