Good Pitch is Coming to Chicago!

On October 22nd, 2013, Chicago will host Good Pitch for the very first time, it was announced last night at Chicago's Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy.

In the style of other successful Good Pitch² events, Good Pitch Chicago will bring together "Midwestern filmmakers with nonprofits, foundations, philanthropists, brands and media around leading social issues – to forge coalitions and campaigns that are good for all these partners, good for the films and good for society."

Kartemquin's Justine Nagan has been heavily involved as part of the six-person Good Pitch Chicago planning committee. "A key part of Kartemquin's mission is to act a leading voice for independent media, with a special focus on being an incubator and resource hub for the Midwest documentary community. Bringing Good Pitch here to Chicago has been one of our goals for a while now. It's a great opportunity to forge better ties between social issue filmmakers and the local philanthropic community," she said.

As the Good Pitch Chicago website notes, "Good Pitch is coming to Chicago, both because of its amazing talent and the larger Midwest, as well as the untapped film, social justice changemakers, and funders that exist there. It has the potential to really put Chicago on the map as a civically-minded, filmmaking epicenter - as it should be."

A partnership between BRITDOC and Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, Good Pitch brings six to eight filmmaking teams to pitch their film and associated outreach campaign to an assembled audience of specially selected foundations, NGOs, social entrepreneurs, broadcasters and potential corporate and brand partners, with the aim of creating a unique coalition around each film to maximise its impact and influence.

In 2010, our film The Interrupters benefited greatly from being involved in Good Pitch before it was complete. We look forward to more midwest-area filmmakers sharing in that experience this fall.

Find out more about how Good Pitch works, and why it is coming to Chicago:

View photos from last night's launch event at Tribeca Flashpoint.

(l-r) Elspeth Revere (MacArthur Foundation); Steve Cohen (Cohen Law Group); Steve James (Kartemquin Films); Howard Tullman (Tribeca Flashpoint).

(l-r) Paula Froehle (Tribeca Flashpoint); Danny Alpert (Kindling Group); Justine Nagan (Kartemquin Films).