Anti-Americanism is a huge subject outside of the United States. The subject matter of this film will be of considerable interest to the very large non-American population of the world. Once the word of this film gets out in the United States, this film will also become a matter of extreme interest to my fellow Americans.
Consider the possibility that the Documentary film "America versus Europe" is going to be one of those films everybody has to go see....in Europe and in America, and quite possibly in other countries that are interested in this incredible story as well. Consider the possibility that this film will go the route of becoming a documentary series, that will be sold to dozens of international television markets and will also be sold as DVD's. The income potential for this film and subsequent series is very high. First as international theatrical release, followed by the normal path to TV and the DVD markets, as well as the "Internet market."
I met with a marketing executive in July 2008 to discuss this project...she said to me very simply:
"This is an incredibly interesting and exciting project....a marketing problem you will not have."
ONE THING THAT I NEED TO BE INCREDIBLY CLEAR ON AT THIS POINT IN TIME:
I SEE THIS AS A FOR PROFIT PROJECT RIGHT NOW. THERE IS HOWEVER, THE POSSIBILITY THAT THIS PROJECT WOULD BE BETTER SERVED AS A NON-PROFIT PROJECT. IF THAT IS THE CASE IN THE LONG RUN, THEN I WOULD RAISE THE MONEY THROUGH TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS. BUT, UNTIL IT BECOMES CLEAR AS TO WHICH PATH TO TAKE, I AM PURSUING THIS AS A FOR PROFIT PROJECT: All of that being said, what you read below is an educated guess at what needs to take place in the near future. This website was built for the purpose of allowing as many people as possible to look at the outline and get an idea if they would like to be involved in any capacity.
I am open to suggestion and looking for Financial and Creative PARTNERS.
At this point in time, I am accepting only "Angel Investments" or donations that are not tax deductible because this is a for profit enterprise. Donations will be converted to equity upon capitalization of this project. At this point, your donation would be strictly one of good faith.
(The above applies only to small investments. High net worth accredited investors or Production Companies, Distribution Companies or Film Finance Groups should contact me to arrange a meeting with me and my attorney.)
Please note: Angel investments or donations shall be treated as equal value with large investments on a "dollar is a dollar" basis. The amount of equity determined only by the amount of investment.
Formation of the LLC "America vs Europe" will take place in the very near future.
Not to insult anyone, but, simply...
For your information: LLC stands for "Limited Liability Corporation" An LLC is a legal entity that allows numerous investors from any nation in the world to invest in anything under the sun. Once a person invests in an LLC they become an equity holder in that company. The amount of equity they have depends on their percentage of the total investment. This also depends on the way the LLC is structured.
OBVIOUSLY: THE DEAL CANNOT BE CONFIGURED UNTIL THE BUDGET HAS BEEN DETERMINED AND ALL OF THE MONEY REQUIRED BY THE BUDGET HAS BEEN RAISED.
What is needed right now is "start up money" so this project can go to the next level.
I am most happy to say that the representative of a group of "deep pocket" European investors has read the outline for this film in it's entirety, was extremely impressed by the thoroughness of the work and has recommended this project to his next up in this organization. I was told to "sit tight" considering the enormous present day turmoil in the international financial community. I mention this only because I have already received very encouraging news regarding this project.
I am looking to get this film financed as quickly as possible, but I am also looking to get the film financed in a creative way, which may take a bit of time...but that's okay. This film may wind up being micro financed by a larger number of people making very small investments. This has already started happening on the "friends, family, aquaintances, colleagues etc." level.
(At the bottom of this page, you will see the first investors check....an Englishman living in the U.S. who read the outline and pulled out his checkbook....this was a very exciting moment for me.)
For the time being, I have an extraordinarily simple business plan.
I am looking to make the film for as little money as possible.
I am in the process of determining exactly what the costs of this film will be. This process is going to take some time.
I am estimating the initial cost of this film to be $2.5 million.
Keeping all of these intangibles in mind, I can at this point only give you the CONCEPT OF THE DEAL:
I am "selling" exactly 100% of the NON VOTING EQUITY in the LLC "America vs Europe"
I am retaining exactly 100% of the VOTING EQUITY of the LLC "America vs Europe"
In the simplest terms that breaks down to a 50/50 partnership between myself and the investors in the LLC "America vs Europe"
In retaining 100% of the voting shares I am retaining the right to make all creative and financial decisions on behalf of this project.
I am also looking for the best advice and looking to make the best deals on behalf of my investors.
To draw an example of what the benefits of investment might be, I shall proceed WITH HYPOTHETICAL NUMBERS:
Let us say:
The film costs $2.5 million to make
Then the film makes $25 million at the box office and another $10 million in TV rights and DVD sales, for a total of $35 million.
The distribution company and the movie theatres take 40% of that.
Leaving $21 million to be split between the Investors and the Production Company.
That translates into $ 10.5 million returned on an investment of $2.5 million (another words, you quadruple your money.)
Now, the numbers might go up or down, but, let's just say that is the conservative estimate.
Let's say the total investment is 2.5 million and the film makes $250 million.
The distributors taking 40%....leaving $150 million split between investors and Production company.a
Another words on an investment of $2.5 million a return of...$75 million...or, for every dollar invested, $30 returned.
Also, keep in mind, I might make a deal with a distributor that takes only 10%, which would significantly increase the profit.
I cannot promise this will happen, but I can say that these are not unreasonable numbers.
Two documentary films have earned in excess of $200 million.
"Fahrenheit 9/11" by Michael Moore.
"An Inconvenient Truth" the documentary with Al Gore about Global warming.One final thing to keep in mind: Because this project has the very real possibility of becoming a series, perhaps even an international television program, with one great specific story after another, being told week after week in five different languages...That the specifics of THE DEAL when all of the cards are finally on the table, will be quite complex. But it is my idea and intention that anyone who is investing initially in the LLC, will be able to continue to benefit in the event of a very serious expansion of the project...."America versus Europe"
I am continuing to research the business aspects of this project and of the documentary business in general and will post new information to this website at a later date, in the meantime...If you would like to help and make an investment in this project:
Please go to: CONTRIBUTE Thank you very much for your time and consideration,
Richard Albershardt-President of Modern World Films Inc.BELOW YOU SEE THE FIRST INVESTORS CHECK AND THE RECEIPT I SCRAWLED OUT ON A PIECE OF PAPER.
PLEASE NOTE THAT IN THE FUTURE, RECEIPTS WILL BE A BIT MORE FORMAL AND ACTUALLY TYPED. (white out was applied to this checks account and routing numbers for the protection of the investor.)