Anne Lundgren of Joma Films says start-ups should give the Angel Conference process a try.
“This contest format gives emerging companies a platform to share their vision with the community
of investors and the larger business community, offering resources to everyone, not just the winner.”
April 12, 2013
By Greg Stiles
JACKSONVILLE — Lessons learned from a Central Oregon angel investor conference last fall paid off to the tune of $220,000 Thursday for a Bend firm that has developed a dispenser to administer medicine for children with asthma.
JettStream walked off with the money in the third annual Southern Oregon Angel Investment Conference competition after coming up just short in a similar competition in Bend last October.
“Anytime you go through a due diligence you get feedback that’s nice to hear. But all those nice things, you don’t learn anything from that,” said Sarah Cota, who cofounded the company while searching for a better way treat her son Jett’s asthma. “It’s the hard questions that challenge you and how you fill those holes in your strategy that help you.”
Joma Films will receive a package worth $11,000 to help prepare the company for growth.
The company, which already has produced “Calvin Marshall” and “Redwood Highway,” is now working on a third feature, “Black Road,” a sci-fi thriller set in 2039.
While Oregon has attracted more and more movie-makers in recent years, Southern Oregon has been relatively ignored. “We believe in Southern Oregon and are laying down roots,” said Gary Lundgren, who owns the company along with his wife, Anne. “The independent film is becoming much more regional, and we think this can be a hotbed of independent film making.”
Gary Lundgren was a film editor and screenwriter in Southern California, while Anne Lundgren is a producer.