Film Short: Introducing Filmmaker Tracy Garner and NOMOSA

Tracy Garner with Screenwriter/Director Rich Ragsdale

Many people who visit Filmmakers Notebook may be aware that I have recently become Marketing Director for a new e-commerce and social networking platform called NOMOSA, which is designed to benefit all independent artists.  The website provides tools and support for filmmakers, musicians, photographers, writers, artists and other creatives looking to build a fan base for and self distribute their works.  To further understand how it works read this Q&A with NOMOSA’s CEO, Filmmaker Tracy Garner.

Q. When did Nomosa officially launch?

A. Sunday, May 23rd.

Q. In a few sentences sum up the premise for NOMOSA.

A. NOMOSA’s business model is designed to help artist make a living doing what they love. While other businesses and online platforms make a living selling art, NOMOSA sells art so that artists can make a living.

Q. How did you come up with the idea for it?

A. I posed the hypothetical question, how can I build a sustainable business model that allows artists to keep 100% of the profits from the sale of their creative work?  

Q. Why do you think an independent artist should choose this distribution option over others that are out there claiming to give back 100% of sales?

A. First, it’s important to note that we don’t believe that artists should choose just one method of distribution.  We actually encourage our artists to post and sell their work in as many places as possible.  Artists need to make their work available to the public.  Second, many claim to give back 100% of the profits, but actually don’t.  They use semantics to mislead and misrepresent what the artist actually ends up with in the deal. We believe in full disclosure and transparency.

Q.  What are your short and long range plans for the platform?

A. In the short term we simply want to change the way artists see themselves.  For so long they have been led to believe that being broke is part of their job description.  It doesn’t have to be that way. In the long term, we want to be the leader in the distribution of arts and entertainment where the art world is run by artists, where the film industry is run by filmmakers, where the music industry is run by musicians. We want to be the vehicle that allows artists to achieve the goal of living a creative lifestyle.

Q. How do you plan to get the fans involved with the site?

A. True fans want to see their favorite artists succeed.  NOMOSA gives artists the best possible chance to survive and excel during this transitional period and in the future.  We actually have a new concept launching this fall that actually allows fans to play an intricate role in helping their favorite artists find their audience and ultimately sustain themselves enriching all of our lives though their music, movies, books, paintings and so on.

Q. What made you decide to become a filmmaker?

A. Someone dear planted a dream seed in me when I was seventeen years old.

Q. Where did you grow up?

A.  I was born in San Diego, started junior high in the Los Angeles area and completed my last two years of high school in a little town called Hurricane, Utah.

Q. How did you get the idea for your feature “Return with Honor: A Missionary Homecoming”?  

Tracy at Koffeehouse's 4th Annual Evening of Independence

A.  By nature, I have an overactive imagination and ideas constantly pop into my head.   Where the initial idea came from I really can’t recall.  Making my protagonist a returned Mormon missionary was influenced by many things: Living in Utah was one.  My first potential investor was LDS (Latter-day-Saint, Mormon), that was another. One thing people don’t realize is that I am not a Mormon and this is not a propaganda piece for the Mormon Church. On the other hand, it wasn’t written to defame or criticize the church either. I could have chosen anyone from any religious institution, who is zealous about their faith.

Q. Start to finish how long did it take to film?

A. Two years from the time we started shooting to seeing it in theaters.  The entire journey took 19 years from the time I went out and bought my first book on how to write a screenplay to going into production.

Q. What was the most gratifying aspect of making your film and the most frustrating?

A.  You have to see the film to understand what makes it so gratifying for me as a writer.  Seeing how the film affects people in such a positive way, is the most gratifying.  On a personal note, having my kids see me achieve a dream that took over twenty years I think has given them the belief that if you put your mind to something and never give up you can accomplish wonderful things.  What has been most frustrating is dealing with dishonesty, arrogance and incompetence throughout the distribution process.

Q. Do you have any other film projects in the works?

A.  I have three other scripts that I can’t wait to get into production, but I refuse to make a film under the old system of distribution. I will begin shooting my next film once NOMOSA can run efficiently and effectively without me being there. 

You can check out the site at www.nomosa.com or find us @nomosa on Twitter and on the NOMOSA Facebook Page.

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