Belltower Pictures, Inc.
2709 Monument Avenue
Richmond VA 23220
Mission Statement Belltower Pictures is a non-profit independent film production company founded and located in Richmond Virginia. Our mission is to entertain and to inspire by telling stories that make a difference.
Web and Social Media
Some of our cast members
CEO/Executive Director Mr. David Powers
Board Chair Mr. David E. Powers
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Contact Information
Address 2709 Monument Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220
Telephone 804 254-3943
Fax 804 358-5458
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2012
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $188,000.00
Projected Expenses $166,000.00
Additional Documents
Official Belltower EPK2016View
Working Budget2015View
Belltower Pictures Report2015View
Mission Belltower Pictures is a non-profit independent film production company founded and located in Richmond Virginia. Our mission is to entertain and to inspire by telling stories that make a difference.

Belltower Pictures reached a major milestone in 2016 with the release of our first feature film, Shooting The Prodigal. We're currently in development of our next projects as we continue helping to build the film industry in Virginia, and nurturing the next generation of filmmakers.

Belltower Pictures has proven itself a key player in the Virginia film industry: from conception, pre-production, production, editing, and marketing - all of the content for Shooting the Prodigal was created and completed in Virginia, which allowed us to produce and keep film industry jobs in the Commonwealth.

Belltower Pictures provided young filmmakers the opportunity to grow by building a strong foundation for them to succeed by providing hands-on training through our robust and application based internship program.





We are working to expand our Board of Directors to reflect more diversity. 
Even though it will generate revenue, we are in need of $50,000 to support the marketing and distribution of our film, Shooting the Prodigal.

David Powers began working on The Prodigal Project in early 2010 and he founded Belltower Pictures as a way to tell this story. We are a unique independent non-profit film maker committed to telling stories that make a difference.

With the help of generous foundations and local philanthropists, the seed money needed to produce the film was raised and the film was green lighted by the Board in December 2014.  
During this time, the Board began putting the needed non-profit infrastructure in place. That work continues with an expanded board of directors, the completion of an internal case statement, the formation of board committees, and the completion of our first full audit.

CEO Statement

Belltower’s plans for 2016 are bold and ambitious. Our full attention is focused on getting Shooting The Prodigal out to audiences. We also anticipate the conceptual development work for our next project to be completed in 2016.

Belltower is committed to bringing diverse groups together, working side by side and building relationships that strengthen our community. 

Belltower is also committed to serving as an incubator for the next generation of filmmakers. We implemented a robust application based intern program that attracted 34 applicants to 12 slots.


Board Chair Statement

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. David E. Powers
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2012 to Dec 2017
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mr. Paul Bickford Apex
Mr. Kim O. Boys Self Employed
Mr. John Carter Hawley Martin Agency
Ms. Joyce Clemmons Community Volunteer
Mr. Stephen Hawley Martin Hawley Martin Agency
Rev. Amelie Wilmer Minor Vicar, All Souls Episcopal Church, Mechanicsville, VA
Mr. Russ Parker retired
Mr. Ian Patrick Merrill Lynch
Mr. David E. Powers Retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Program / Program Planning
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. David Powers

Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 500
Contractors 0
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Description Produce, market and distribute the movie SHOOTING THE PRODIGAL internationally. Filming was completed July 2015 with limited theatrical release in the first half of 2016, and DVD, digital release August 16, 2016.
Population Served US& International
Budget $810,000.00
Short Term Success
Interns identified and working on set/ post production/ marketing through August 2015.
Filming and post production finished by October 31, 2015 for Film Festival Circuit.
Film distributed to public by end of first quarter 2016. 
Long Term Success
We want to serve as an economic resource for Virginia through our ability to match qualified interns with those in the film industry. This will build the crew base in the Commonwealth allowing more productions to be filmed here.
Description Provide unpaid internship positions for high school and college students interested in making the film industry a career.
Budget $0.00
Short Term Success We received 34 applications for 12 slots.
Long Term Success We are providing hands-on experience for students who graduate from the Film Industry Training program that is sponsored by the Virginia Film Office, the Virginia Production Alliance and the VA Community College system. 
CEO/ED/Board Comments
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $188,000.00
Projected Expenses $166,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$66,266$2,108$912
Administration Expense$64,085$6,489--
Fundraising Expense$0$3,886$1,808
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.4933.536.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses51%17%34%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%1%11%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$545,762$441,901$37,919
Current Assets$5,885$441,901$37,919
Long-Term Liabilities$72,194----
Current Liabilities$98,733--$2,123
Total Net Assets$374,835$441,901$35,796
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.06--17.86
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets13%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2016View
Organization Comments


Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 prepared by Lane & Associates, P.C.
  • Financial statements prepared internally by the organization.