A new partnership with the Community Foundation of Johnson County (CFJC) has proven beneficial for FilmScene. The Community Foundation helped the area's newest nonprofit surpass its crowd-funding goal of $75,000.
FilmScene had until Sunday, Sept. 8, to raise the $75,000 needed to ensure completion of their new downtown cinema. The campaign was all-or-nothing, meaning pledges were only kept if the goal was reached.
CFJC pledged online an "over-the-top" grant Wednesday, Sept. 4, to move FilmScene past its goal, days ahead of its deadline.
Mike Stoffregen, CFJC executive director, said, "Our 'over the top' grant to FilmScene helped ensure they were able to maximize their crowdfunding efforts to build a community cinema. This exciting new venue will bring many new entertainment options to the Johnson County community."
Andrew Sherburne, co-founder of FilmScene, said he is thrilled to reach the $75,000 fundraising goal ahead of schedule. "We are pleased to partner with the Community Foundation of Johnson County and now we can look forward to opening this fall.
"In just one month, we were able to exceed our $75,000 goal ahead of deadline. That is a tribute to the enthusiasm and support of our community, and for that we're thankful. There is still time to donate, which means we can reach $86,000 and set a new Iowa record for online crowdfunding."
Established in 2011, FilmScene is dedicated to enhancing the cultural vitality of the Iowa City area through the presentation and discussion of film as an art form. FilmScene's primary goal is the opening of Scene 1, an 80-seat, single-screen cinema on the Pedestrian Mall at 118 E. College St. Organizers raised $125,000 in cash and in-kind donations before turning to IndieGoGo to raise the remaining $75,000 in a crowdfunding campaign that began Aug. 5.
A complete list of FilmScene backers will be available after the campaign. Founders' Circle donors can be seen at www.icfilmscene.org/donors.