The Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation and the Sundance Institute have announced the line-up for the first ever London Good Pitch event, taking place September 7-8.
The pitching event provides a forum in which filmmaking teams with socially-conscious projects can team up with people and organizations involved with effecting change. The eight projects selected for the inaugural London edition, to be hosted by Amnesty International and held at its East London auditorium in association with One World Media, were chosen from over 100 applications. The selected filmmakers are: Antony Butts (After the Apocalypse), Lesley Katon (A Very Dangerous Man), Dan Edelstyn (How to Re-Establish a Vodka Empire), Hannan Majid & Richard York (Mass e Bhat), Rosa Rogers (Casablanca Calling), Mat Whitecross (Moving to Mars), Morgan Matthews (Seventeen) and Jerry Rothwell (Town of Runners).
The first Good Pitch was held in Oxford, England, in July 2008 during the BRITDOC festival, and featured eight projects. The Good Pitch also made the rounds at assorted film fests in North America this year, including Hot Docs and Silverdocs. As with those sessions, the films selected for the London event are intended to positively impact global society with well-told stories.
A Very Dangerous Man illuminates the theories of a man who works with some of England’s most dangerous prisoner and believes that violence can be ‘cured’. After the Apocalypse examines the impact that a secret nuclear experiment has had upon thousands of Kazakh families. Casablanca Calling documents the social revolution underway in Morocco, where the world’s first female Muslim leaders are creating change. How to Re-Establish a Vodka Empire follows director Dan Edelstyn as he attempts to resurrect his great-grandfather’s vodka factory in the Ukraine, and the town itself in which it resides. Mass e Bhat creates a portrait of Bangladesh through the eyes of its working children, while Moving to Mars follows two Burmese families as they move to the UK in search of new beginnings. Seventeen, meanwhile, bills itself as the ‘biggest advert against violence’ by telling the stories of every British teenager who fell victim to homicide in 2009. Last but not least, Town of Runners casts a spotlight on a small Ethiopian town that produces some of the world’s fastest long distance runners.
The Good Pitch is a partnership between the Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation and the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, in collaboration with Working Films UK.