Jen West to speak on crowdfunding through social media


Pages from October - Jen West-WebBannerRAPID CITY, S.D. (Oct. 6, 2014) – Writer, director and producer Jen West will speak at the American Advertising Federation-Black Hills (AAF-BH) luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Dahl Arts Center. In her talk entitled “How to use social media and crowdfunding to fuel your projects,” West will share how she’s mobilized several crowdfunding campaigns around her social media presence and how relationships, whether online or offline, are critical to fueling her projects.

Initially starting her blog “The Jen West Quest” as a personal mission to lose weight, it quickly grew a large audience that stayed with her once the pounds were shed. Moving the conversation from weight loss to her true passion, independent film, she has successfully completed three crowdfunding campaigns, the most recent one for her newest short film Little Cabbage. “The Jen West Quest” has been featured on the Rachel Ray Show and Good Morning America.

Born and raised in Birmingham, Ala., West now makes a living as a writer and director in Atlanta, Ga., best known for her films Piece of Cake, Crush and Bubble and the music video Call Me. She wrote her feature script “Electric Bleau” as part of a creative residency with the Cucalorus Film Festival.

Program pricing is free for AAF-Black Hills members, $30 for nonmembers and $15 for students. Attendees may register at


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