WHAT WE DO:
Braun Media, LLC is the creation of entrepreneur Braun Mincher, who became a passionate advocate for better financial literacy of all students and consumers following the sale of his high-tech company in 2004. Mincher is the author of the award-winning book, The Secrets of Money: A Guide for Everyone on Practical Financial Literacy, a frequent professional speaker with a strong national platform, creator of the FinancialLiteracyQuiz.com Web site, and most recently, the executive producer of a new documentary movie, The Secrets of Money: Exposing America's Financial Illiteracy Epidemic.
The purpose behind the documentary film was to shock, inspire, educate, entertain, and bring a new awareness to the true importance of financial literacy in America, similar to the attention garnered by other causes. Arguably, the timeliest topic in the news today, yet only a handful of schools across the country require students be educated in the basics of personal finance. We are advocates for EVERY high school in America to make the completion of a semester-long financial literacy course a graduation requirement (just like traditional subjects math, English, science, etc.) To this end, our goal is for the documentary to have the same compelling nationwide impact as Super Size Me (Morgan Spurlock, 2004), An Inconvenient Truth (Al Gore, 2006), and Crystal Darkness: Meth's Deadly Assault on Our Youth (2008).
WHAT WE OFFER:
Starting in early 2009, our executive producer and film crew traveled across America for three months from New Hampshire to California, and everywhere in between and conducted more than 100 interviews with a variety of real people, parents, students, educators, government officials, celebrities, personal finance experts and others, to get their perspective on the importance of financial literacy education. To say that their candid interviews were surprising or shocking would be an understatement.
We coordinated and filmed approximately 120 hours of raw footage, asking interviewees a diverse list of questions involving their feelings on personal finance classes, the educational system in general, whether financial literacy classes should be a requirement, what happens to people who are not educated, and the most effective means for teaching the material. Sample clips of selected interviews are posted under the "Interviewee" tab on our Web site at http://www.SecretsOfMoneyMovie.com, but additional or complete footage is available upon request. We are in the process of editing the interviews down to a "rough cut" of 2-3 hours in length. Footage has all been expressly released by the interviewees and is available in its entirety, or selected interviews, for purchase, license or joint venture. A sample movie trailer is also available on our Web site.
WHAT WE NEED:
We see the value of a joint venture partnership with an experienced production and/or media company, corporation or not-for-profit that has an established track record of success with documentary films and/or financial/educational productions to take this project to the next step and assist with: 1) finish cut of the film; 2) distribution; and, 3) public relations and marketing. We see the outlets for this movie to be the major cable television networks, DVD renters, libraries, and other academic distributors, as well as a grassroots "call to action" marketing campaign to individual consumers and their related groups. Please contact us for additional information. You can also connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
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