Media Talks /

Financing Your Dream

Learn, network, and get concrete steps on how to map your TV, film, and podcast dreams.


Tue, Feb 26, 2019  |  6-8PM



Pictured: Ms. Iquo B. Essien

A startling statistic: Did you know that by February, 80% of all New Year's Resolutions made are dropped?! Our February Media Talks: Financing Your Dream event was specially designed to ensure that you're part of the 20% and not the 80.

This talk, hosted by Iquo B. Essien, a Nigerian-American writer and director is all about helping you to not just dream— but to DREAM BIG. Ms. Essien will be giving you concrete steps on how to Map Your Dream, set a campaign budget and goals, define a target audience, brainstorm culturally-relevant campaign strategies, and build a community around your work.

Stay for a lively Q&A discussion with Ms. Essien and network with your peers! This Media Talks: Financing Your Dream event will broadcast live on BRIC's Brooklyn Free Speech Facebook Page.

With a B.S. from Stanford University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Film from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Iquo B. Essien is a Nigerian-American writer, director, and business consultant best known for her short film Aissa's Story.

Inspired by the New York v. Strauss-Kahn case, Aissa's Story is about an African immigrant housekeeper and single mother who must decide whether to move on or fight after the case against her assaulter is dismissed. The film was nominated for the 2013 Student Academy Awards, 2015 Africa Movie Academy Awards, and won Best Student Short at the 2014 Africa International Film Festival. Ms. Essien's production company, Editi Films, is fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas. The company's mission, "to engage, enlighten, and inspire through film," is motivated by her belief in the power of film to catalyze social change.

Ms. Essien's films have screened at festivals in 14 countries, including the Panafrican Film & Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), the Durban International Film Festival, New York African Film Festival, and Zanzibar International Film Festival. She is currently adapting Aissa's Story into a feature film while helping other artists fund their creative projects, through her Crowdfund Your Dream course.

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Media Talks features professional television producers, directors, documentary filmmakers, video editors, and new media producers sharing their perspectives and stories with the community. These lively and inspiring discussions are held throughout the borough and air on our Brooklyn Free Speech channels. BRIC Media Talks are always free and open to the public.


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