Good Pitch Chicago 2015

Tue 5 May 2015

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Cinqo de Mayo saw the happy return of Good Pitch to Chicago. The day, which took place at the stunning Thalia Hall in the city's Mexican district, opened with a mariachi band to blow the roof off, proceeded with seven moving pitches, and was punctuated with the odd One Minute Disco. IndieWire said: "Part live crowdfunding campaign, pledge drive, and communal therapy session, the documentary funding initiative has supported more than 200 filmmakers, helped raise USD17 million in production and outreach funding, cultivated more than a thousand strategic partnerships and traveled all over the world, from New York to Washington DC, San Francisco to London, Johannesburg to Sydney." Enormous congratulations to the Chicago Media Project team who did such a splendid job of pulling it all together: from a lakeside location for the filmmaker workshop, right through to tasty post-Pitch cocktails downstairs at The Punchbowl.

Films

  • (T)ERROR

    (T)ERROR is the first documentary to place filmmakers on the ground during an active FBI counterterrorism sting operation.

  • Almost Sunrise

    ALMOST SUNRISE is the inspiring true story of two friends who embark on an epic journey to heal from their time in combat. Filled with hope for veterans who’ve left the battlefield behind and are now seeking peace on the home front, ALMOST SUNRISE follows ex-soldiers Tom and Anthony as they walk 2,700 miles across America.

  • From This Day Forward

    With her own wedding just around the corner, filmmaker Sharon Shattuck returns home to examine the mystery at the heart of her upbringing: How her transgender father Trisha and her straight-identified mother Marcia stayed together against all odds. FROM THIS DAY FORWARD is a moving portrayal of an American family coping with the most intimate of transformations.

  • Newtown

    Newtown, a documentary explores the aftermath of the mass shooting in Newtown, CT where the lives of 20 elementary school children and 6 educators were taken by a gunman on 12/14/12. Joining the growing ranks of the club to which no one wants to belong, the lives of several characters interconnect and propel the town toward introspection and action.

  • Raising Bertie

    Raising Bertie follows three young men over the course of five years as they grow into adulthood in Bertie County, a small African American-led farming community in North Carolina. Through the intimate portrayal of these young men, we see the issues facing America’s rural youth and the complex relationships between family, economics and education.

  • Romeo is Bleeding

    Growing up in a city divided by a turf war, a young writer Donté Clark channels Shakespeare to help heal the ills of his community.

Location

Thalia Hall

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