Dogfish

Our Story

Changing the content landscape, one face punch at a time.

Dogfish curates and launches the next generation of creative rockstars across all media – producers, directors, screenwriters and entrepreneurs – who are changing the way stories are told and experienced. We started with a production company and angel fund in 2009 that produced and/or financed independent feature films, which have seen extensive festival play, worldwide distribution, and critical acclaim and awards. Our six films have been to Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Berlinale, Tribeca Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Deauville Film Festival, and BAMcinemaFest. They are being distributed by Paramount, Magnolia, IFC, Sony, and Anchor Bay, and have won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Best Director at Berlinale, and named as Top Ten Independent Films of 2012 by National Board of Review. In 2013, we ran the first pilot accelerator program modeled after TechStars with 8 teams of cutting edge producers. Dogfish Accelerator aims to support and guide the next wave of content creators and artists with seed funding, mentorship and future investment opportunities. Today, Dogfish has created a comprehensive studio model for indie content including Originals projects, the ongoing accelerator, a school to educate others on new content practices, and a consulting arm that provides per-client guidance in navigating and reshaping the industry. This studio is based on the Dogfish model which offers a combination of principles, processes and practices for bringing an indie film or content-based project to life through disciplined, data-driven decisions and a startup approach. We are young, we are daring, we are experimental, we are constantly on the edge of change and new ideas, and we are involved in content that will make your head explode and come back hungry for more.

I’m an EP

We shout it from the rooftops and leave fire in our wake.

Visit I'm an EP

The Dogfish way is not only a model, but a mentality – and at I’m an EP, the blog-child of Dogfish’s founder and CEO James Belfer, you can read more about the ideas, experiences, opinions and beliefs that make up the core of the Dogfish way. Come read about the latest happenings in indie content creation, tech, investment and the entertainment landscape. Join the conversation being led by James! Think, debate, share, respond.

Our Vision

A spacecowboy attitude with MBA aptitude.

Our goal is to make content a truly independent industry. We don’t want anyone – distributors, agencies, festivals, exhibition platforms, even ourselves – to tell creators what to make as an ultimatum. This is the most vital aspect of independent content creation, and one that has become blurred over the years. Our dream is for all our ventures to operate in an efficient, self-sustaining, profitable manner while presenting new ideas, methods of storytelling and unique art. The time to make this a reality is now. The landscape for content creation couldn’t be more vast, unchartered, and exciting. We see ourselves as mavericks, attempting to push the boundaries of what content is and how it is seen and shared, and we align ourselves with others who have the same vision. A new frontier is developing, and we aim to be at the forefront of leading that exploration and reshaping this new world.

Our Team

Stay true. Stay serious. Stay fun. Stay indie.

Our team is comprised of professional fanatics who are constantly thinking outside the box while having the experience, wisdom and relationships to be smart and get stuff done.

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MICHAEL MELAMEDOFF

Director of Business Development

Michael is a producer and director, whose feature credits include WEAKNESS starring Bobby Cannavale, and critically acclaimed midnight movie THE EXHIBITIONISTS, starring transgender icon Laverne Cox. Prior to joining Dogfish he was an inaugural classmate in Dogfish’s first Accelerator, working to relaunch college marketing company Range Life Entertainment. He also spent six years at Innovative Artists Talent & Literary Agency and two years at the world renowned Public Theater, and currently consults for digital branding company Cowboy Bear Ninja. When not making movies Michael obsesses over his son, Milo, and his fantasy football, basketball and baseball teams. For Michael, there is no offseason.

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JAMES BELFER

Founder and CEO

James founded Dogfish in 2009 to produce and invest in independent film (in which he made 6 films). He was named by Deadline Hollywood as one of 2012’s 10 Producers to Keep Watching. In 2013 he launched the Dogfish Accelerator program after an inspiring experience working for TechStars in Boulder, Colorado. He’s a Northwestern University graduate and received his MBA from NYU Stern in 2013. He currently is an Adjunct Professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts where he teaches Strategies For Independent Producing. James aspires to be one of the world’s most renowned hermits. He tends to spend most of his free time in South Williamsburg watching cartoons and googling “best Texas BBQ in NYC.” He also runs a monthly meetup called A Presentation of the Deplorable, Bizarre, and Terrible in which he binge watches 10 films in a row that most of the world has never seen (most of the time for glaringly obvious reasons). As of July 2014 only 3 people have attended.

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MATTHEW SMAGLIK

Creative Director and In-House Producer

Matthew Smaglik is a creative and a producer working in NYC. He was brought on to support Dogfish’s first accelerator class in 2013, stayed on, and has never looked back. He now is a active independent producer in NY, having worked with a range of companies; VICE, AMC, Billboard, PBS, and Sundance. Started by bootstrapping in the Rocky Mountains, writing and directing his first feature film and several documentaries for PBS, leading him to television work in LA and commercial work in Chicago. He is a principal at Section II, a benefit corporation working for better representation of LBT women in media. He co-produced sci-fi feature Diverge this past year and is producing two projects shooting this upcoming spring.

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MICHELLE SOFFEN

Managing Director

Michelle was a program manager of the inaugural Dogfish Accelerator program. She’s been working with Dogfish since 2011, but working with James since the very beginning of it all, back when they met at Northwestern University. Before becoming an official Dogfisher, she worked at Chaos Films in Tel Aviv, Israel as the Dir. of Interntional Development and as an In-House Editor. When not pulling her hair out at the office, Michelle is most likely pushing Sydney down a hill on rollerblades. Last year she had her 1st rib on the right side removed. The rib lives in a jar in her room.

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SYDNEY SIEGEL

Director of Programming and Partnerships

Sydney graduated from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business & School of Cinematic Arts on a full merit scholarship. She has worked in various facets of the industry, including HBO, Focus Features, NBC Universal, New Line Cinema, and 3 Arts Entertainment. She also headed the international division of TTV Productions in Tel Aviv where she focused on adapting Israeli content for global audiences. When not dogfishin, you can find Sydney making silly faces at babies on the subway, finding dog friends in the park, and attempting to rollerblade without crashing into babies and dogs.

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DIANA MCCORRY

Admin and Project Manager

Diana McCorry recently graduated from The New School University with a B.A. in Culture and Media. She has made two short holiday-themed torture films and is currently working with Greyshack Films and a radio drama called The Truth. Diana writes science fiction, sings jazz, talks to animals, and can otherwise usually be found hanging out with her grandma or ranting about the future of space travel.

Press

Dogfish in the news and your subconscious

Events

Everything’s an excuse to party like a Dogfish.

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We are constantly hosting and co-sponsoring industry events, parties, premieres, panels and experiential happenings. To get on the mailing list for our ongoing events, sign up HERE

Ready to learn and party like a Dogfish? You can see our full event/workshop schedule and register HERE.

Careers

Join our team! Bring your own weapons.

featured opportunity: INTERNSHIP: We seek detail oriented and task driven college students and post grads interested in the creative and business side of content creation and development. You will have the unique opportunity to closely collaborate with our staff and a variety of our talented (and equally crazy) producer teams. While these are unpaid positions, you will be trading your time for a valuable training and educational experience. Must be able to commit 2-3 days per week. APPLY NOW

Partners

Join the cause and support a new generation of content trailblazers.

We develop custom opportunities for a mutually beneficial relationship with Dogfish. If you want to directly help the next wave of groundbreaking, industry-changing content creators get their work out there then let’s partner up and fight for the cause.  Possible areas of partnership include marketing, distribution, financing, publicity, legal, events, web development, production, post-production, and much, much more. We love making new friends so don’t hesitate to get in touch HERE.

Sponsors

Help activate new visions and voices.

Dogfish Sponsors are on the front lines of the evolving content industry, providing necessary support to our Accelerator teams in exchange for exclusive access. Whether providing crucial fiscal or in-kind support, Sponsors receive first look opportunities to interact with our teams via hosted workshops, keynote participation at our demo days, and special events. Some sponsorship packages also include mention in press for Dogfish Accelerator. If you’re interested in sponsorship, please get in touch HERE.

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James Belfer - Founder & CEO

James founded Dogfish in 2009 to produce and invest in independent film (in which he made 6 films). He was named by Deadline Hollywood as one of 2012′s 10 Producers to Keep Watching. In 2013 he launched the Dogfish Accelerator program after an inspiring experience working for TechStars in Boulder, Colorado. He’s a Northwestern University graduate and received his MBA from NYU Stern in 2013. He currently is an Adjunct Professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts where he teaches Strategies For Independent Producing. James aspires to be one of the world’s most renowned hermits. He tends to spend most of his free time in South Williamsburg watching cartoons and googling “best Texas BBQ in NYC.” He also runs a monthly meetup called A Presentation of the Deplorable, Bizarre, and Terrible in which he binge watches 10 films in a row that most of the world has never seen (most of the time for glaringly obvious reasons). As of July 2014 only 3 people have attended.

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