Good Pitch Silverdocs 2010

Wed 23 Jun 2010

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On June 23rd 2010 we ran the Good Pitch @ Silverdocs. More than 150 broadcasters, NGOs, foundations, philanthropists, online media and policy makers took part. The Good Pitch goes from strength to strength as more influential and diverse circles hear about the event and begin to take part bringing their knowledge and resources to the table. You can see the 8 amazing projects pitched, their trailers and see profiles of many of the participants who attended on our Good Film site - goodfilm.org/goodpitch. Highlights included Victor Buhler raising $50,000 to shoot this summer for A Whole Lott More, Ameena Matthews - contributor to Steve James's film the Interrupters - speaking so eloquently about the work she does preventing violent recriminations in Chicago, the countless pledges of support from organizations and activists, the Dear Mandela team being told to expect 'very good news' at a grant cycle announcement next week, being addressed by Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay priest to be ordained a bishop in a major Christian denomination - and the subject of The Truth Will Set you Free. What a day!
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Films

  • A Whole Lott More

    Lott Industries in Ohio, USA employs 1200 workers with developmental disabilities. For decades, the company has built car parts. However, with the decline of the auto industry, Lott Industries finds itself in trouble. The company has twelve months to reinvent itself. A Whole Lott More details the most crucial year in Lott Industries’ history and follows three inspiring workers with disabilities as they join the struggle to hold onto the best job they have ever had.

  • Brown Gold (formerly $H*T!)

    $H*T! follows radical solutions that turn human waste into green energy. It opens up possibilities for whole new and better future for all of us. From the bottom of the poverty ladder to the heights of power, $H*T! shows a transformation in thinking, where human waste is not a problem its a resource. You'll be sorry you flushed!

  • Dear Mandela

    Three young South African shack dwellers resist mass eviction from their slums while leading a new generation who follow in Mandela's footsteps.

  • Hell and Back Again

    The intensely personal story of Sergeant Harris and Marine battalion Echo Company from the start of the 2009 tour of Afghanistan to their return, the decompression and rehabilitation in the US. A study of exceptional bravery and loss, of friends and family struggling to support the returning warriors.

  • Herman's House (formerly: The House That Herman Built)

    "What kind of house does a man who has been imprisoned in a six-foot-by-nine-foot cell for over 30 years dream of?" This film captures the remarkable creative journey and friendship of Herman Wallace, one of the Angola 3, and artist Jackie Sumell while examining the injustice of prolonged solitary confinement.

  • Love Free Or Die

    The story of a man whose two defining passions are in great conflict: his love for God and his love for his partner Mark. This film follows Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay partnered bishop in the high church traditions of Christendom, and a host of others who are making history and whose lives hang in the balance of the current church/state battles for LGBT equality.

  • The Interrupters

    THE INTERRUPTERS chronicles the cycle of violence over a year period in Chicago. Our prism is a group of men and women, most of them former gang leaders and drug dealers, who themselves have been participants in the brutality of the streets and have escaped and been rehabilitated. Through their eyes, we capture a picture of the magnitude and scale of this social issue. Why has this violence persisted or been allowed to persist for so long? And is there anything or anyone who can truly stop the flow of violence? These individuals, "the Interrupters", a mix of African-Americans and Latinos, work for an organization called CeaseFire, a grand experiment pushing us to reconsider how we think about cycles of violence. It's the brainchild of Gary Slutkin, an epidemiologist who for ten years battled infectious diseases in Africa. Slutkin believes that the spread of violence mimics that of infectious diseases like tuberculosis and AIDS, and so he argues that treatment should be similar: go after the most infected, and stop the infection at its source. As he did in Uganda trying to curtail AIDS, Slutkin hopes to change behavior. In Chicago and other cities, he believes he can reform individuals, encouraging them to simply walk away from a dispute rather than escalate it. Through the vantage point of the Interrupters, the film will plunge into the heart of their communities, a journey into the madness. While there will be plenty of powerful and emotional verite scenes in the film, we intend to develop a thoughtful, provocative conversation around what the Interrupters confront. Why is revenge so often the first impulse? Why the code of silence on the streets? Why do so many see physical confrontation as the only way to earn respect? Where does family come into play? These are questions that organically evolve out of the stories we tell. What's most impressive about the Interrupters is that they go about their work without passing judgment, and our hope is that as they take morality (good and bad people) out of the equation, we can create an honest, probing, thought-provoking discussion around the violence in our cities.

  • The Island President (formerly Higher Ground)

    His nation of 1,200 low-lying islands is sinking as sea levels rise. The Island President tells the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced the literal survival of his country and everyone in it.

Location

Silver Spring Performing Arts Center

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