Practice Your Pitch: Communicating Your TV and Film Ideas
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 third year, the series was created with one goal in mind– to turn media dreamers into media makers.
Are you working on a TV or film pitch? Here’s your chance to get immediate feedback from industry professionals. If accepted, you will have three minutes to pitch your idea and get feedback on how you might improve.
Want to pitch your show idea but all the pitch slots are sold out? Sign up for our Practice Your Pitch waitlist and if a spot opens up someone from the BRIC Community Media TV & Film Pitch Series Team will reach out. Have a question? Please feel free to email them at BFreeBK@BRICartsmedia.org.
Meet the Panelists
Dui Jarrod is a screenwriter, director, and playwright residing in Brooklyn, NY. The creative’s project Brooklyn. Blue. Sky. is the first acquired web series for BET.com after winning the Xfinity Best Web Series Award at the American Black Film Festival. Brooklyn. Blue. Sky. premiered on Bet.com in November 2017. His new series King Ester is set to be released in 2019. Overall, Jarrod’s work focuses on the power of human connection in the landscape of modern America.
Squeaky Moore is regarded as the pitch guru for independent content creators. Squeaky freelances as a development consultant and pitching strategist. Squeaky’s mission is to enlighten, uplift, and inspire. Some of Moore’s recent directing and producing credits include, 64, a viral PSA project that she executive produced and assist directed, Father’s Day?, a short film also produced by Squeaky which debuted on the launch of Magic Johnson’s, Aspire TV Network. Others include The Positive Controversy, a digital talk-show in its second season, and the documentary, Face of Darkness – Journey to Healing, a film that explores depression and suicide in the Africa American communities. She recently authored a book for content creators after journeying to pitch 100 times. The book, #100Pitches: Mistakes, I’ve Made So You Don’t Have To, is a film and television pitching guide geared towards independent content creators about the do’s and don’ts, and strategy of pitching television and film projects.
Craig T. Williams – Producer/ Screenwriter/ Editor – CEO of Red Wall Productions, a film production company that he runs with his wife, Rosalyn Coleman Williams. Craig has produced over 50 film projects including independent short films, promotional & educational films, actor reels and the groundbreaking documentary Black Sorority Project. He has empowered artists providing mentorship and one on one consultations to writers and filmmakers as they develop their craft. Craig won the American Black Film Festival/ Turner Screenwriting contest for his original pilot Allergic. His feature screenplay Hanging By A Thread was a finalist in the 2018 Sundance Screenwriters Lab. His TV pilot Unfocused was a finalist in the 2017 WGA sponsored Made In New York Fellowship. Title VII is a feature screenplay he co-wrote with writer/ director Nicole Franklin. It premiered March 2017 at the Hollywood Black Film Festival and was a finalist for HBO Best Feature Film at the 2017 Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival.
Michael Pinckney has over 10 years’ experience as an assistant director on films and television series such as Inside Man, Top Five, Broad City, The 25th Hour, 7th Heaven, The Best Man, Law & Order, and the academy award nominated film Precious. Michael made his feature film directorial debut with You’re Nobody til somebody kills you, a gritty crime thriller executive produced by Spike Lee and distributed by Lionsgate. He won an award for Excellence in Media from The Black Men’s Film Conference for his HIV film, The Candy Store and toured the film festival circuit with films from his short film collection. He’s directed a variety of digital series from SoleKings, Black Actress to The Colors of Love in addition to producing the award-winning digital series For Colored Boys – Redemption starring Tim Reid. The Trade is Michael’s directorial debut in episodic television drama.
Skye MacLeod is an educator, filmmaker, and team leader with over 15 years of experience working in New York City and abroad. Skye is successful managing productions teams, piloting and leading complex educational projects, and forging partnerships. He has extensive experience training teachers to integrate digital media in an array of educational contexts. MacLeod is a graduate of Skidmore College (B.A. Music, 1999) and Teachers College of Columbia University (Ed. M, Instructional Technology, 2009). MacLeod is passionate about helping others tell their stories through civic engagement, education, and collaboration.
Preparing you for success!
BRIC is here to help you learn, create and elevate your film and TV game. They want you to succeed and they 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 they 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 six months in front of industry heavy hitters, and a live audience. The four part series will culminate in November with you having a shot to pitch your TV show or film to BRIC TV, and 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.
The Stoop at BRIC House is a public cultural gathering space featuring free, drop-in programming, and offering a place to sit, observe, and participate in multi-disciplinary work.
BFreeBK@BRICartsmedia.org / 718.683.9338