By eug | eugonline July 29, 2008 at 3:48AM
Creative Capital retreat attendees walking at Williams College this weekend.
[photo by eugene hernandez]
Having spent a bit of time working with the Creative Capital Foundation back in their early days, I have a big soft spot for the organization and fearless leader Ruby Lerner. I can't believe its been almost ten years since the group launched. Kudos Ruby!
At Creative Capital's sixth retreat, artists presented some 70 funded projects. My personal favorites are linked below, with more coverage available in an indieWIRE dispatch published earlier today. But, the real testament to the organization is the impact it has had on individual artists. During a number of private consulting sessions with filmmakers on Saturday, the artists praised the organization for offering more than just financial support. Chatting with one filmmaker who I had consulted with at the retreat three years ago, I was taken aback that a previously shy, rather reluctant director was now able to talk about film projects with such clarity. The filmmaker seemed so much more self-confident and attributed the growth and awareness to the organization.