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Thursday, February 25 • 9:15am - 10:45am
Startup Filmmaking: How We Financed and Produced "There and Back", a 2016 Feature Film LIMITED

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"There and Back," a family road trip drama unprecedented in its all-Arizona entrepreneurial origins, will be publicly debuting the cast, crew, investors for the first time ever at PHX Startup Week. This incredibly unlikely story tells the tale of how the audacious dream to make this upcoming movie became reality.

After a two-year odyssey in search of “un-Hollywood” financing, "There and Back" became the first-ever movie funded by Arizona Angel Investors — Tucson’s Desert Angels — and the first in modern times entirely produced in Arizona through a private equity investment offering.

"There and Back" is Marcus's sixth feature film, his first away from Hollywood, and his most exhilarating production ever. A goal was to work with emerging all-Arizona talent on both sides of the camera and we did just that — for 3,000 wild miles over the course of two unforgettable months

This session will feature in-person appearances by the stars of the film, the Angel Investors, some of the 100+ Arizonans involved in the production, and premieres of our first behind-the-scenes videos and our first trailer.     

Marcus De Leon

Director/Producer, "There and Back", a 2016 feature film
Member, Writers Guild of America
Founding Partner, Film Ventures Arizona

Marcus De Leon is a six-time feature film director/writer/producer and Writers Guild of America member.  As a screenwriter, Marcus works with Hollywood studios such as Columbia, Sony, Universal and Warners Bros.  He has also had a long working relationship with HBO Films, where he wrote the hit feature film, "Walkout."   Marcus also enjoys working with indie studios such as First Look, is the director/producer of the 2016 movie, "There and Back."  He is a Founding Partner of Film Ventures Arizona and plans to direct the 2017 film, "Wandersman."  Marcus earned his MFA at UCLA's film school and his BA at in Foreign Policy at Humboldt State University.  He is a native of Los Angeles, and divides his time between Arizona and Southern California. 


Thursday February 25, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Library Auditorium 3839 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251