Working Films, in collaboration with The Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation and Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, is delighted to announce the first West Coast edition of the Good Pitch, hosted by the SOCAP10 conference at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco on October 3, 2010 12:00pm – 6:00pm.

The Social Capital Markets Conference (SOCAP) is the world’s premiere social capital markets event. The conference highlights the growing field of social capital: people investing to create social change. SOCAP10’s goal is to make connections, to generate partnerships and to increase the acceleration of capital to social good. SOCAP10 brings together a unique mix of the world’s top social innovators – investors, entrepreneurs, donors and other thought-leaders – who are catalysts of change across the globe.

With SOCAP10 and Good Pitch acting as both leaders and connectors in the thinking around impact and investment, establishing a formal relationship between the two initiatives capitalizes on the major strengths of both events.

Eight fantastic projects have been selected for the Good Pitch at SOCAP10. These include three Good Pitch alumni, presented as case studies outlining what they have achieved since their first Good Pitch and pitching new project goals.

The impressive lineup comprises the following filmmakers:

Barefoot Revolution
Dir. Jehane Noujaim

Noujaim Films presents Barefoot Revolution , an intimate cinema verite film which follows the life-changing journey of six women from rural villages in Africa, the Middle East and South America to Bunker Roy’s Barefoot College in India where they will become solar engineers and return to install solar energy in their own and surrounding villages.

Dirs. Sean Fine & Andrea Nix Fine

In America today, one in fifty kids is homeless. For most of us, they are invisible. The documentary feature Inocente delivers a rare glimpse inside the inspirational life of a homeless, undocumented fifteen-year-old artist in San Diego and the extraordinary challenges she must contend with on a daily basis.

Oil & Water
Dir. Francine Strickwerda & Laurel Spellman Smith

Oil & Water is the story of two boys coming of age in the middle of one of the world’s worst toxic disasters. Hugo fights for the survival of his Amazonian tribe, while David attempts to revolutionize the oil industry. Shot over four years so far, Oil & Water is a shocking and inspiring David & Goliath story.

The Revolutionary Optimists
Dirs. Nicole Newnham & Maren Grainger-Monsen

Children are saving lives in the slums of Calcutta. Using dance and street theater, Amlan Ganguly empowers children to become change agents, transforming their neighborhoods with dramatic results. This film has inspired the multi-platform Map Your World, putting the power of mobile technologies into the hands of kids, enabling them to map, track, and improve health in their own communities.

To Be Heard
Director: Roland Legiardi-Laura & Edwin Martinez

To Be Heard is the story of 3 high-school students who find their way into a dangerous poetry workshop in the South Bronx. It is a film about lives and language on the edge. The associated engagement campaign, Power Poetry, will be the world’s first mobile and online poetry community for youth where creative energies convert social networking into social activism.
The three returning Good Pitch alumni are:

25 to Life
Dir. Michael Brown

William Brawner was infected with HIV before he turned two and kept it a secret for over twenty years. Now he struggles to confront his promiscuous past and embarks on a new phase of life with his pregnant wife, who is HIV Negative. 25 to Life is a startling and critical look at HIV and AIDS in America, through the intimate perspective of a family and community that has been affected by one man’s diagnosis.

Green Shall Overcome
Dir. Megan Gelstein

Green Shall Overcome (working title) follows Van Jones, the controversial environmental activist. Jones has a dream for America: social justice through green jobs. Handpicked by the Obama Administration to help create a new “green” energy policy for the nation, his vision collides with the partisan politics of Washington. Set against the backdrop of hope and possibility that accompanied Obama into the White House, this film will offer a unique, first-hand vantage on the challenges of changing the status quo – even as a special advisor to the president.

Out in the Silence
Dirs. Joe Wilson & Dean Hamer

Out in the Silence is more than a movie; it’s part of the growing movement for justice and equality in rural and small town America. Based on the story of a brutal gay bashing of a 16-year-old boy in the filmmaker’s small Pennsylvania hometown, the OITS community engagement campaign has emerged as a compelling, proactive model for grassroots activism and civic participation, helping to build bridges rather than walls on issues that have divided our communities for far too long.

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