We just finished the most incredible, gratifying and inspiring weekend up in San Francisco. It was The Good Pitch, put on by Channel 4/BRITDOC and Sundance.
We were invited along with five other films, and the community of filmmakers was unbelievable. Some of the most important, exciting filmmakers and films were there with us – God Loves Uganda, Turkey Creek, How to Avoid a Plague, Reportero, and The Invisible War. Keep an eye out for these films – you’ll definitely hear about them in the future.
After a very intense weekend workshopping our 7-minute pitch with the most incredible group of folks from Working Films, Sundance and BRITDOC, we went up in front of an audience of 250+ in the Marines Memorial Theater. The outreach director Sandi DuBowski had populated our table with funders, filmmakers, NGOs and community agencies – the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Brennan Center, for example – and the discussion afterwards was incredible. We got a combination of feedback, support, and invitations to partner with jails, restorative justice experts, schools and community agencies, and it felt like a fairy tale.
That would have been plenty, but the delicious, incredible icing on the cake was the $20K pledged to the film from the IDA Pare Lorentz Grant and the San Francisco Film Society! Yahoo!!
Thanks to so many people…
…we’re on our way!