About David Willis

David Willis

“I am a film/TV producer by trade, but I’ve always worked for someone else. When I started our Equity Crowdfunding project, I made a promise to myself that I would never set foot in a movie theatre again — until my own film was playing on the screen. Two years later, I had accomplished my goal!

It took me years of learning and researching Equity Crowdfunding to do it. Now I want to show you how to make your passion project a reality in only a few months. I’ve done all the research. I put it into action. I know what works.

We raised over $1 million in less than six months. I spent only $2,000 of my own money during the entire campaign.

With a bit of work, anyone can do this. I started without any social media network, no followers, and zero experience crowdfunding. I want to save you the time and money I spent learning all the techniques I used to create a successful campaign.”

Equity Crowdfunding expert David Willis is an in-demand speaker at Equity Crowdfunding events and film festivals, including The Crowd Invest Summit, The Founder’s Summit, Canon USA, Digital Entertainment World, The Valley Film Festival, Digital Hollywood, and the Dayton Film Commission. In addition, his methods are being taught in entertainment law classes at UCLA and the University of Florida.

He is currently a Director and Producer at the United States Motion Picture Company (the team with 4 Emmys® for “The Simpsons” and “Frasier”). His film, I’ll Be Next Door for Christmas, the first Equity Crowdfunded narrative feature film ever made in America, was released in 2018 to positive reviews and is available now on iTunes and Amazon.

David Willis speaks to an audience at a film festival.
Mr. Willis (second from right) speaking at the Hollywood Silver Screen Festival

David held an in-person, all-day masterclass on Equity Crowdfunding in late 2019 – and it sold out! Now, due to the demand for knowledge on how to run a successful campaign, he’s making his class available online to anyone who wants to learn how to raise serious money. And the principles are the same — no matter what kind of business you’re funding.

Equity Crowdfunding Success

“David is one of the VERY FEW people who not only understands the real value of Equity Crowdfunding… but whether Equity Crowdfunding is right for someone, and the subtle-but-critical tactics of running a successful campaign.” Steven Sashen, CEO, Xero Shoes (Steven raised over $1 million via Equity Crowdfunding for his innovative shoe company.)

Steven Sashen used Equity Crowdfunding


Modern Family

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with David Willis many times over the last 15 years and have always found him to be funny, talented, and a pleasure to be around. He has an agile mind, a quick wit, and an eagerness to always explore new facets of the business…”
— Christopher Lloyd, Executive Producer, Co-Creator of “Modern Family.”