This event is part of BRIC Media Maker Weekend being held on Oct 15-17, 2020.
BRIC Community Media's TV & Film Pitch Series
BRIC's two Community Media TV Networks—Brooklyn Free Speech and BRIC TV—come together to bring you a unique opportunity; the BRIC Community Media TV & Film Pitch Series. Now in its fifth year, the series was created with one goal in mind— to turn media dreamers into media makers.
So you have an idea for a TV show or film—now what? The ability to express an idea is almost as important as the idea itself and we are eager to help you with that. The BRIC Community Media TV & Film Pitch Series gives you the opportunity to practice and perfect your pitch skills over the course of three months in front of industry heavy hitters, and a live audience. You will learn valuable techniques from industry insiders on how to prepare a TV/film pitch including: developing a hook, considering your audience, and coming up with a trailer.
In this three part pitch series, you will perfect in October, practice in November and pitch to BRIC TV in December. BRIC TV is an Emmy, Ippy, and Telly-award winning TV and digital network, whose work has been screened at prominent festivals such as the Tribeca Film Festival and Sundance.
MEET THE PANELISTS
Kecia Élan Cole (Moderator) is a 5 time NY Emmy-nominated executive producer, series producer, series creator, supervising producer, content creator, show runner, director, video editor, writer and development team member at BRIC TV where she executive produces several docu-series including: Neighborhood Beat, B-Side, Brooklyn Made, Touré Show, Brooklyn Is Masquerading As The World (Terence Nance), and Waxing Cinematic. She is an EP on several original scripted series/films that have premiered at noteworthy film festivals such as Tribeca and UrbanWorld including: They Charge for The Sun, Sole Kings, All Hail Beth, The Future Is Then, Sauce (on iOne Digital) and the forthcoming Inspector Ike, Eighty-Sixed, and United Space of America (animated). She curates and moderates numerous panels on topics ranging from pitching for TV to Afrofuturism. Kecia is pro-active, creative, and curious about the world.
Bri Castellini is an award-winning independent filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. She has an MFA in Writing and Producing for Television and a BA in Creative Writing, and by day, she's the Film Community Manager for Seed&Spark and an adjunct professor for LIU-Brooklyn and Stephens College. She has been described by collaborators as a "human bulldozer" and is honestly kind of flattered.
Matt Grady is the founder of Factory 25, an independent film production and distribution company launched in 2009. Factory 25 is a home for conceptually provocative narratives and documentaries. Grady was recently named "One of the Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture,” and has been called "One of the most important curatorial voices of new, independent American films." His mission is to expose the world to under-the-radar films, music, and other curiosities theatrically and digitally, as well as on TV, VOD, VHS, and limited edition discs with vinyl LPs and books. Factory 25 titles include Other Music, Christmas, Again, All This Panic, MA, Sylvio, August at Akiko's, Uncle Kent 2, Stinking Heaven, Alex Ross Perry's The Color Wheel, Sophia Takal's Green, All the Light in the Sky, Amy Seimetz's Sun Don't Shine, the Zellner Brothers’ Kid Thing and the restored Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning film In the Soup by Alexandre Rockwell. Grady also produced Nathan Silver's The Great Pretender, Onur Tukel's Applesauce and Summer of Blood, Theodore Collatos & Carolina Monnerat's Queen of Lapa along with the upcoming films You Mean Everything to Me by Bryan Wizemann, All the Old Bells by Brent Green and Inspector Ike by Graham Mason. Factory 25’s headquarters are located in Brooklyn, New York.
Yoruba Richen is a documentary filmmaker who has directed films in the U.S. and abroad. Her latest film premiered for FX and Hulu about the police killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville KY. Her film, The Sit In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show premiered on Peacock Streaming in September 2020 and her upcoming film How it Feels to Be Free will air on American Masters in 2021. Yoruba's previous film The Green Book: Guide to Freedom was broadcast on the Smithsonian Channel to record audiences and was nominated for an EMMY. Yoruba is a featured TED Speaker, a Fulbright fellow, a Guggenheim fellow and a 2016 recipient of the Chicken & Egg Breakthrough Filmmaker Award. She is the Director of the Documentary Program at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.
Caralene Robinson is a writer, director, producer and marketer committed to telling meaningful stories. She has worked for some of the biggest brands in the world, including Coca Cola and Sprint. In these roles she oversaw campaigns, working with a range of directors such as Francis Lewis, Spike Lee and Errol Morris. Most recently she led marketing at VH1 and Logo, launching all series, original movies and documentaries. Several years ago while working full-time Caralene expanded beyond marketing campaigns by producing classic documentary "Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution". After falling in love with film, she decided to pursue her passion full-time time, beginning with scripted short The Bill. The Bill premiered at more than a dozen festivals, won three awards and is available on Prime Video and Kweli.tv. Caralene’s recent projects include producing digital series Sauce and King Ester, and directing shorts DisordHer and Lifeline. King Ester screened at fifteen festivals and recently premiered on Issa Rae Presents Youtube Channel. DisordHer launches on Prime Video next month and Lifeline is in the festival submission phase. Sauce premiered on BRIC TV in March 2020. Caralene also works with brands having produced, written and directed spots for Dove, AARP, and Corcoran.
PREPARING YOU FOR SUCCESS!
We're here to help you learn, create, and elevate your film and TV game. We want you to succeed and we know that you want to succeed but great success comes with great preparation. Here are some great resources to ensure that you walk into your next pitch prepared and ready for success.
ABOUT THE BRIC COMMUNITY MEDIA TV & FILM PITCH SERIES
So you have an idea for a TV show or film— now what? The ability to express an idea is almost as important as the idea itself and we are eager to help you with that. The BRIC Community Media TV & Film Pitch Series gives you the opportunity to practice and perfect your pitch skills over the course of three months in front of industry heavy hitters, and a live audience.
The three-part series will culminate in December with you having a shot to pitch your TV show or film to BRIC TV, an Emmy, Ippy, and Telly-award winning TV channel and digital network, whose work has been screened at prominent festivals such as the Tribeca Film Festival and Sundance.
classes@BRICartsmedia.org / 718.683.9338