1129: The Truth About Financing a Documentary with Film Maker Wendy Sachs
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What does it cost to produce a documentary? Can you get rich selling a project to Showtime or Amazon?

Wendy Sachs recently pivoted from her career as a bestselling author and speaker to produce a documentary. She spent three years on the road following the political campaigns of, among others, Lauren Underwood, the youngest Black woman to ever be elected to Congress. Fresh from that experience, she's on So Money to discuss the behind-the-scenes reality of raising money for her project and how she ultimately negotiated deals with two major streaming channels. Her documentary, Surge, is about the record number of first-time female candidates who ran, won and upended politics in the historic 2018 midterm election. It premiered on Showtime this fall and is currently airing on Amazon, as well.

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