Founded in 2010 by Alex Cirillo and Dani Faith Leonard, Big Vision Empty Wallet is an innovation-driven media company and community of creators. BVEW Members are the best undiscovered artists and seasoned pros working in film, TV, and the performing arts, ranging from creative entrepreneurs to Academy-Award Winners. Whether they’re writing original screenplays, developing new TV concepts, or creating vast story-worlds that span across multiple platforms, BVEW members are forward-thinking creators who are consistently advancing innovation in the entertainment industry.
As producers, Cirillo and Leonard specialize in developing multi-platform projects. Their role as the leaders of the BVEW community has garnered them invitations to speak at film festivals, a White House roundtable, and entertainment industry think-tanks. In 2013, they were featured as a start-up success story by A&E’s Project Start-Up.
We founded BVEW in 2010, but our journey actually started a little over two years earlier. In 2008, BVEW co-founder Dani Faith Leonard founded Industry Power Play, a screening and showcase series (which we merged with BVEW in 2011). Alex came on board a few months later after screening her work and recognizing the value these events held for the NYC community. After hosting nearly 100 screenings and workshops, we wanted to expand our community online and offer more connections, resources, and exclusive opportunities.
BVEW launched on May 1st, 2010. We have produced over 100 events, screened over 300 films, and partnered with companies that we have a great amount of respect for, like Canon and Variety. We have expanded and include members from all over the world, in many artistic disciplines.