Good Pitch USA 2019

Tue 22 Oct 2019

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Good Pitch USA returns to New York October 22 at the TimesCenter to spearhead social change through the power of storytelling and profile eight remarkable documentary films which capture the state of the nation.

Eight new feature documentaries from 11 directors Zeshawn Ali, Dara Kell, Loira Limbal, Grace Lee & Marjan Safinia, Ben Kalina & Jen Schneider, Sam Feder, Nathan Grossman, Dominic De Vere & Joseph Curran address income inequality, an intersectional approach to conquering poverty, the rise of women of color as a transformative force in politics, the complex challenges of addressing climate change with technology, the memorialisation of victims of the transatlantic slave trade and more.

This year's national US program kicked off with a three-day impact lab six months out, followed by months of intensive outreach for each project, then a second pitch training workshop just prior to the live event, a comprehensive approach to building smart and powerful campaigns for change.

Attendee Information

Good Pitch USA 2019 runs from 9am – 5.30pm on Tuesday, October 22. Registration opens from 8am, coffee, lunch and light refreshments will be served throughout the day. We will break for lunch at 12.30pm, drinks will follow from 5.30pm.

Location: New York Times Center. 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/GgAKk1xt4Tm33ksZ6
Subway: A, C, E, N, Q, R, 1, 2, 3, 7, S to 42nd St. Times Square
Bus: M7, M11, M16, M20, M42 and M104 buses all stop within four blocks of TheTimesCenter. Port Authority bus terminal is located just one block away from TheTimesCenter.

Questions? If you have any special requirements or questions about your registration or attendance on the day, email isabel@docsociety.org

Do you have resources or a connection you need to share with these Good Pitch filmmakers? Do you know a funder, an organiser who absolutely needs to be in the room to support these teams? Please get in touch with the Good Pitch USA Outreach Director Ani Mercedes at ani@docsociety.org

If you want to become a Good Pitch supporter please get in touch with our US Director of Development and Partnerships, Patricia Finneran at patricia@docsociety.org

Films

  • Two Gods

    Hanif, a Muslim casket maker and ritual body washer in Newark, NJ brings two young men under his wing. But as their lives become more complicated Hanif learns that he must fix himself on his path to redemption to show these kids how to beat the streets and live better lives.

  • Through The Night

    To make ends meet, Americans are working longer hours across multiple jobs. This modern reality of non-stop work has resulted in an unexpected phenomenon: the flourishing of 24-hour daycare centers. Through the Night is a verité documentary that explores the personal cost of our modern economy through the stories of two working mothers and a child care provider - whose lives intersect at a 24-hour daycare center in New Rochelle, NY.

  • Plan C For Civilization

    In 2019, a team will launch a high-altitude balloon into Earth’s stratosphere that could lead to powerful technology to cool the planet...and a dangerous game for humanity. “Plan C for Civilization,” is about emerging technology the scientists moving it forward, and the problems we create when we interfere with nature.

  • And She Could Be Next

    In a polarized America, where the dual forces of white supremacy and patriarchy threaten to further erode our democracy, women of color are claiming power by running for political office. AND SHE COULD BE NEXT, made by a team of women filmmakers of color, asks whether democracy itself can be preserved—and made stronger—by those most marginalized.

  • Disclosure

    Through the history of transgender representation in film and TV, Disclosure shows how the fabled stories of Hollywood have deeply influenced how Americans feel about transgender people, and how trans people have been taught to feel about themselves.

  • Story of Bones

  • Greta vs Climate

  • 40 Days & 40 Nights

    Echoing Martin Luther King, Jr.,’s 1968 Poor People’s Campaign, a visionary pastor from Goldsboro, North Carolina sets out across the United States to revive the audacious movement to end poverty. Inspiring a nation to join him in voicing the everyday brutality they face, together they risk arrest, put their bodies on the line and embark on the most extensive campaign of civil disobedience in US history.

  • A Story of Bones

    As the Environmental Officer for St. Helena's doomed $350m airport, Annina van Neel witnessed the unearthing of the island's most terrible secret - a desecrated mass burial ground of an estimated 10,000 African men, women and children, retrieved from slave ships during the Middle Passage. Devastated by this historical injustice, Annina finds an ally and mentor in Peggy King Jorde, an African American woman who - thirty years earlier - faced a similar struggle against the powers that be. Together, they fight for the proper memorialization of these forgotten victims.

  • Greta

    In August of 2018, Greta Thunberg a 15-year-old student in Sweden starts a school strike for the climate. Her question for adults: if you don’t care about her future on earth, why should she care about her future in school? Within months her strike evolves into a global movement. Greta, a quiet Swedish girl with Asperger's syndrome is now a world famous activist. The team behind “Greta Vs Climate” is with her from the start, and is sailing with her across the Atlantic in time for UN Climate Week in September 2019.

Location

Times Center, New York, USA