Good Pitch Local Texas 2020

Tue 27 Oct 2020

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Good Pitch Local Texas 2020 presented by EarthxFilm and Doc Society features 11 new media projects that address the environment issues and center climate justice. Organizers had planned to present the event in person at EarthX festival in April 2020, and have re-imagined the program as a space to seed creative connection and collaboration and support for storytellers and organizers leading change in Texas and beyond in an online environment.

This curated program highlights and supports short-form non-fiction media projects and powerful stories from community leaders addressing climate justice in Texas. It culminates in a day-long event that is a model for radical collaboration, offering cross-sector support for the featured projects.

Good Pitch Local is a space for community, collaboration and creative change. Together, we will raise up stories that matter in the fight for climate justice in Texas, and beyond, by the artists and organizers on the front lines of social change.

How does it work?

We invite both media makers looking for partnership and support, and leaders who are at the heart of stories that need to be told to submit projects for consideration. We carefully curate the line-up, and then help the teams prepare their project pitches.

Who attends Good Pitch Local?

Local Activists, Educators, Filmmakers, Foundations, Nonprofits, Lawyers, Media makers, Media Platforms, Philanthropists, Policymakers, Press and more.

Good to know:
Good Pitch Local is an invitation-only event that will take place online with a webcast based in Dallas. Please write to GoodPitchLocal@DocSociety.org to request an invitation.

Texas 2020

Films

  • Defenders of Wildlife

    Permian to Padre - the fossil fuel industry's impact on wildlife and water across Texas. We will travel from the oil and gas wells in west Texas, across the state via the pipelines and to the Gulf coast where the product is refined and shipped, examining the impact on local endangered species (explaining why they are endangered), on aquifers, rivers and streams (drinking water for millions of people), air pollution (human health and climate change) and altering economies that rely on healthy ecosystems in central and coastal Texas (wine industry, nature tourism, birding, fisheries).

  • Green Careers Dallas

    Our mission is to disrupt poverty through green career training and community education. We recruit for trainees in South Dallas/Fair Park and southern Dallas where there is the greatest need for good employment. We provide 48 hours of technical classroom training, hands-on lab learning and online solar-specific safety training.

  • Green New Tomorrow

    Green New Tomorrow (GNT) is a documentary series dedicated to discovering the top 50 green innovations that can significantly change the narrative in our fight against global warming. We profile inventors and their inventions to get a glimpse of what our green new tomorrow will look like. Green New Tomorrow is here to shout from the mountain tops that we can win this battle. Locally, we believe this show will galvanize the community here in North Texas, and our Dallas-based team could help implement some of these innovations and/or beta test prototypes right here in the DFW area.

  • Hollow Tree

    Louisiana through the eyes of three young women coming-of-age at different points along the Mississippi River. Here, due to climate change, hundred-year-floods have become the norm; the river is at record flood stages; hurricanes are occurring earlier each year, and the coast is losing over a football field of land an hour. The young women's journey reveals that flooding and land loss often do not occur arbitrarily, but as the result of intentional decisions that value profit over people. As they learn about how the Mississippi River has been managed and controlled, Mckenzie, Annabelle, and Tanielma come to identify with the river and their individual search for identity and meaning becomes connected to our nation’s coming-of-age into a new climate reality.

  • Lionfish University

    The story of the invasion of Pacific lionfish in the Atlantic Ocean, which is destroying our ocean reef systems and native fish life, is about people. People whose demand for exotic pets had unintended consequences – a lionfish population explosion in places where native fish are an easy meal. One of those places is the Flower Garden Banks, off the Texas coast – a place that has barely changed in the 60 years since first being seen by divers. Now threatened by lionfish, the people of the Flower Gardens are fighting to protect this spectacular gift of nature.

  • ONG.

    Power, politics, money, and the environment... We are at a tipping point. The oil and gas industry is being propped up by powerful forces hidden from public view. ONG is a six part series that tears down these tribal viewpoints - split across the world. Between industry patriarchs and hardcore environmentalists, where does the truth sit? We see and hear it from where it matters most: characters on the inside.

  • Shoulders Deep

    Aniya Wingate is a radiant and talented 17-year-old African American dancer from Houston, who was displaced from her home for half a year by Hurricane Harvey. Shoulders Deep translates her experience of displacement through dance, poetry, and performance.

  • Smell The Earth

    A renowned local brewery bought 165 acres of barren land in the Texas Hill Country to save it from development. Farmer Peppy told them he could bring it back to life. They gave him 3 years.

  • Southern Sector Rising

    Southern Sector Rising’s first objective was to shut down Shingle Mountain. We were so successful, that the same day we made that demand, the City of Dallas shut it down. However, the mountain still remains, and the potential for another one to form also remains. Because of this, our overarching goal is to redraw the zoning map for Southern Dallas to undo racist zoning in black and brown neighborhoods.

  • Where The Butterflies Go

    After quitting his job and getting dumped, filmmaker and nature enthusiast Fraser Jones decides to spend all his money on a camera and campervan to follow the miraculous 3,000-mile migration of the Monarch Butterfly across North America with high hopes of hosting the next great children’s nature show. As he and a cinematographer traverse the continent, Fraser's interviews with Monarch experts and enthusiasts, surrounded by his own comedic misadventures, lead him to invest all his energy in an earnest, if not oftentimes hapless, attempt to combat climate change and save an endangered species from extinction.

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