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I’m on a Quest to Sundance

Posted in Film Festival, Movies, Sundance on December 11, 2008 by mobflix


To all you fans of Mobflix.  This website is based on a passion of mine.  Actually a passion of my Brother.  I initially bought this domain name as an homage to my brother in 2002 when I worked for a domain hosting company and bought the name at cost.

My brother loves organized crime movies and constantly quotes Goodfellas, Casino, and The Godfather.  So I bought the name as almost a joke for him.  Soon after I bought the name, I started getting proposals to sell the name.  The first proposal was for $250.  The second proposal was $500.  The third proposal was $5,000.  Upon that third offer, I decided to sell the name.  Negotiations broke down, and I decided to develop the site myself.

I contracted a web developer to develop the site for me, but I was not happy with how it turned out.  I then discovered blogging templates and WordPress and decided to do it myself through WordPress.

In my day job, I am a technical writer and have worked many contract IT jobs.  My most recent contract was supposed to go until Mid-April 2009, but ended abruptly.

Given the economy, and now that I have more time on my hands, I have decided to try to earn some income from my passion.  I signed up for Google AdSense and will be installing it.  In addition, I am going to place Mobflix logo’d items on cafe press.  I already have an Amazon affiliate account, but the site is not yet profitable.

I made the decision yesterday that I am now on a quest to go to Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah from Jan 15- Jan 25.  As I am not making an income, I am looking for ways for the trip to pay for itself.

There are several ways I can do this:

Sponsorship – Given how inexpensive gas is, I plan on driving to Sundance.  With a Sponsorship, the Sponsor would get their logo emblazoned on my SUV as well as a logo’d link to their website from and sponsored updates from me.  I would be looking for 3-4 Sponsors starting at $500 each.  This would pay for me to get into events and room & board.  I would probably just break even.

I’m looking for alcohol and tobacco companies as well as maybe a couple local movie theaters.  This would give my sponsors exposure out there when I drive my SUV around.  They would get a lot of notice.

Employment – Sundance is actually hiring people to work the event.  I would go to Sundance and work the event from behind the scenes, whether it is shoveling snow, or helping with Inventory Control.  Then in my off hours, I would blog from behind the scenes and the people and interviews I can get while I’m out there.  Hopefully I will be selected as a worker.

Let me know what you think about this approach?