Fundraising and Professional Writing for Documentary Films: proposals, crowdsourcing (Indiegogo, Kickstarter, etc)

About Joanna Rabiger

Joanna, head shot

Joanna Rabiger is a leading specialist––carving out her niche since 2004––in writing funding proposals for documentary films, including story development and treatments. She works closely with directors, producers and production companies. Her background is in book editing (Oxford University Press) and independent documentary film editing/ associate producing. She is also a gifted outreach strategist, who worked closely with international producer Paula Vaccaro and leading documentary film outreach strategists Neyda Martinez and Tricia Finneran to devise outreach for Guillermo Arriaga, Hector Babenco and Álex de la Iglesia’s film anthology Words with Gods. Joanna was also instrumental in writing winning proposals for outreach (the Fledgling Fund, Pare Lorentz and MacArthur Foundation) for Andrew Droz Palermo and Tracy Droz Tragos’s award-winning documentary RICH HILL. Directors/producers with whom she works regularly or has worked include: PJ Raval, Chelsea Hernandez (BUILDING THE AMERICAN DREAM), Deborah S. Esquenazi (SOUTHWEST OF SALEM: THE STORY OF THE SAN ANTONIO FOUR), Treva Wurmfeld (CONSCIENCE POINT), Justin Schein, David Redmon & Ashley Sabin, Lysa Heslov, Jeremiah Hammerling & Rita Baghdadi, Libby Spears, Capella Fahoome, Kim Hopkins, Margareta Svabo, Gretchen Hildebran (DECADE OF FIRE), Natasha Deganello Giraudie (Micro-Documentaries), Citizen Films, Hemal Trivedi, Michael Collins & Marty Syjuco, Mat Hames, Matt Tyrnauer, Laura Paglin, Mai Iskander, Erika Cohn (THE JUDGE), producer Theodore James, Lily Henderson and Marc Silver. Joanna Rabiger lives in Austin, Texas and originally hails from London, UK. She is a fluent French speaker and has worked on several French language films.