The age of consumerism is a well known notion nowadays, and it breeds the idea that we have more freedom in choosing what we want and how to spend our money. With this freedom comes a desire to have our needs met instantly. Paul Roberts writes in his book, The Impulse Society, that “our entire consumer culture has elevated immediate gratification to life’s primary goal.” This is incredibly relevant right now with social media and people spreading their opinions and ideas on the Internet. If we want to see what our friends are up to, we check Facebook. If we want to see what’s trending in the news, we troll Twitter feeds. If we want to capture in time, we post on Instagram.
Before hashtags and newsfeeds and even pens, paper and the press, the spread of ideas traces back to the cultural art of storytelling. This deep-seated tradition of sharing knowledge and interpreting experiences has continuously bridged generations. At our core, we are storytelling machines, and our thought process is best navigated through the structure of a story.
Vann Alexandra Daly is a Miami-born, New York-based crowdfunding producer who gives life to art she believes in. Alex was recently named the “crowdsourceress” for her expertise in crowdfunding. Over the course of a year, Alex has raised millions of dollars for clients including Oscar and Emmy-nominated filmmakers and Neil Young. She has served on panels at distinguished film festivals and universities and consults Knight Foundation art grantees. In addition to her crowdfunding successes, Alex is a producer for the feature length documentary Cocaine Prison, which has received support from the Macarthur Foundation, Cannes Film Festival’s Fonds Sud Cinema, Sundance Documentary Fund, Tribeca Latin America Fund, Bertha BritDoc Journalism Award, and more. Her other films have been selected by the world’s most prestigious festivals including Sundance and Tribeca.