THE HERO’S GUIDE TO FILM FINANCE by Jeff Steele & S.J. Main

Jeff Steele

Jeff Steele is a noted film finance expert in all matters of debt and equity, but also has a significant array of hands-on producing credits. Steele is the publisher of the film finance blog, FilmClosings.com, where he offers his unique perspective on the industry. Film Closings focuses on the management and development of financial solutions and strategies for agencies, management firms, foreign sales companies, and independent producers. The company offers its services to projects in all budget ranges—from small independent projects under $1 million to tent pole and major studio franchise films—and covers all areas of finance such as equity, gap, pre-sale, tax credit, and bridge funding. Film Closings also creates finance plans for clients, sources financing for packaged projects, and steers filmmakers through the vigorous film closing process.Steele was previously the CFO of Magnet Media Group (MMG), an equity finance, production, and distribution fund based in Los Angeles. At Magnet, he oversaw and closed deals for the company’s projects including “Dark Tide.” Prior to handling the film closings at MMG, Steele served as a director of film finance for Screen Capital International, a leading entertainment financier and founding shareholder of Aramid Entertainment.

Steele is often considered unorthodox within the indie financing world and is known amongst his peers for cultivating strategies atypical of the traditional Hollywood model. Steele is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post on the subject of Film Finance.

 

S.J. Main

For the past ten plus years, S.J. (Summer Joy) Main has worked with a number of film companies in Los Angeles and New York, including Film Closings, director Stanley Donen, Merchant Ivory Productions and River Road Entertainment.  Main’s focus as Producer is in the development and production of both US-based and international productions. Her command of language and story structure was earned through Script Reader positions at New York-based production companies, including Walden Media and Radical Media, as well as through the ownership of an international essay-editing firm.Main received a BA from the School of Theatre, Film & Television at UCLA, an MFA from the Graduate Film Division of Columbia University of New York, and is currently completing a PhD dissertation, which seeks to enhance the role of the Film Producer of American Cinema with philosophy.

Main has been selected for competitive talent development programs, including Film Independent (FIND) and the Independent Film Project (IFP), and her films have screened in film festivals worldwide, including the Sundance Film Festival. Main is a Founder of the Latino Film Fund, and she is a contributor to The Huffington Post on the subjects of Film and Latino Themes in Cinema.

Main regularly leads undergraduate guest seminars on Producing at the School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University.