On October 22, 2013, Good Pitch Chicago will be giving select documentary projects from the Chicago filmmaking community access to an audience of influential movers and shakers looking to help. Coinciding with the Chicago International Film Festival, Good Pitch Chicago aims to connect the makers of unfinished documentaries to the kinds of people who can monetize, distribute or otherwise significantly promote the films. Sponsored largely by Tribeca and funded in part by a $50,000 MacArthur Foundation grant, Good Pitch Chicago is the newest edition of Good Pitch, which has been taking place in New York, San Francisco and London.
Why Chicago? According to their website, “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.”
And Chicagoans have already been taking advantage of the opportunities created by Good Pitch. In its early phases, Good Pitch was involved with Steve James’ “The Interrupters,” who told the Chicago Tribune: “Good Pitch connected us directly to a foundation, The Fledgling Fund, and they gave us some initial money to help develop an outreach plan for ‘The Interrupters’ and then came back and gave us more money down the road to support the outreach effort,” James said. “The first money is often the most important money, even if it’s not big bucks.”
Good Pitch looks to be a high-profile event with organizers like Tribeca’s Froehle and John Murray, Chicago lawyer and documentary financer Steve Cohen, Daniel Alpert of The Kindling Group, executive director of Kartemquin Films Justine Nagan, and Erin Sorenson of Third Stage Consulting.