Good Pitch silverdocs2009

Tue 16 Jun 2009

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On June 16th 2009, we presented the second North American Good Pitch of the year at Silverdocs Festival in Washington DC.
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Films

  • A Place At The Table (formerly: Finding North / Hungry in America)

    America is one of the world’s wealthiest nations. Yet we remain the only country in the developed world where millions go hungry, despite having sufficient resources, technology and farmable land to provide nutritious, affordable food for all. Directed by award-winning filmmakers Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson, A Place At The Table is a feature-length documentary that presents an unflinching look at the root causes behind this sobering reality and asks tough questions about why a nation that could fee all of its citizens failed to do so.

  • Budrus

    Ayed Morrar, an unlikely community organizer, unites Palestinians from all political factions and Israelis to save his village from destruction by Israel's Separation Barrier. Victory seems improbable until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women's contingent that quickly moves to the front lines.

  • Cape Spin: An American Power Struggle (formerly Cape Wind)

    Cape Wind: The Fight for the Future of Power in America is a feature length documentary about the high-stakes battle that rocked the political landscape in Massachusetts when entrepreneur Jim Gordon proposed building 130 440ft. tall wind turbines five miles off the coast of Cape Cod. Opposed from the outset by politicians he thought would be allies – liberals and environmentalists alike – Gordon's project remains afloat, and after eight years and $40mil invested, its fate now rests in the hands of President Obama.

  • Green Shall Overcome

    Green Shall Overcome is a 90-minute documentary about Van Jones, the controversial environmental activist. Jones has a dream for America: social justice through green jobs. Handpicked by the Obama Administration to help create a new "green" energy policy for the nation, his vision collides with the partisan politics of Washington.

  • High Tech, Low Life

    Two of China"s first and most daring citizen reporters challenge the status quo by reporting on censored news stories and pushing the boundaries of free speech. Armed with laptops, cell phones, and digital cameras they travel the country as independent one-man news stations while learning to navigate China"s evolving censorship regulations and avoiding risk of political persecution.

  • Out in the Silence

    Out in the Silence is more than a movie; it's part of the growing movement for justice and equality in rural and small town America. Based on the story of a brutal gay bashing of a 16-year-old boy in the filmmaker's small Pennsylvania hometown, the OITS community engagement campaign has emerged as a compelling, proactive model for grassroots activism and civic participation, helping to build bridges rather than walls on issues that have divided our communities for far too long.

  • Split Estate

    Imagine discovering that you don’t own the mineral rights under your land, and that an energy company plans to drill for natural gas two hundred feet from your front door. Imagine having little recourse, other than accepting an unregulated industry in your backyard. Split Estate maps a tragedy in the making, as citizens in the path of a new drilling boom in the Rocky Mountain West struggle against the erosion of their civil liberties their communities and their health.

  • The Market Maker

    Eleni Gabre-Madhin is a woman with a dream. The charaismatic Ethiopian economist wants to end hunger in her famine-plagued country. but rather than relying on foreign aid or new agricultural technologyl, hers is a truly radical plan. She designed the nation's first commodities exchange, which she hopes will revolutionize an age-old market system whose inefficiencies have been partly responsible for the country's food shortages. The Market Maker explores her attempts to write a new African story.

Location

Silver Spring Performing Arts Center

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