Paley DocPitch Competition: Be "In the Room"!

Nov 6, 2017
6:30 PM
New York

The Kids Are Not Alright by Mikaela Shwer
Let the People Decide by Gavin Guerra
The Pollinators by Peter Nelson
The R-Word by Amanda Lukoff
Sullivision: Ed Sullivan and the Struggle for Civil Rights by Margo Precht Speciale & Suzanne Kay

Molly Thompson, Senior Vice President, Feature Films, A+E Studios
Justine Nagan, Executive Director / Executive Producer, American Documentary | POV
Diana Holtzberg, President, East Village Entertainment, LLC
José Rodriguez
, Director, Documentary Programs, Tribeca Film Festival
Marie Nelson
, Vice President, News & Independent Film – PBS

How do you sell a documentary? Watch and learn as five preselected up-and-coming nonfiction filmmakers pitch their ideas before a live audience and a group of eminent documentarians. The panel of experts will evaluate the proposals for uniqueness and viability, as well as offering the emerging filmmaker helpful feedback. The winner will be awarded a $5,000 grant from A&E IndieFilms to be used toward the completion of the pitched film. The audience will learn valuable lessons in communicating ideas and will also get to cast its vote. Past winners of this contest, now in its fourteenth year, include the acclaimed films The Age of Love, Circo, and Herman’s House. The Paley Center thanks Hearst for supporting Paley DocPitch and other documentary programs.

Ticket includes a post-event reception with drinks and snacks.

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2016: Hart Island: How the Other Half Dies directed by Erik Spink
2015: Memories of a Penitent Heart by Cecilia Aldarondo
2014: The Pregnancy Exclusion directed by Rebecca Haimowitz
2013: The Age of Love directed by Steven Loring
2012: Eleven directed by Laura Paglin and Kahlil Pedizisai
2011: The View from Bellas Luces directed by Christa Boarini
2010: Charge directed by Mike Plunkett
2009: The Iran Job directed by Till Schauder
2008: Circo directed by Aaron Schock
2007: The House that Herman Built directed by Angad Bhalla
2006: Whatever it Takes directed by Christopher Wong
2005: Asparagus! (A Stalk-umentary) directed by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly



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