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The Pitch at Industry Days

Presented by IFP Chicago and The Chicago International Film Festival

1:30pm, OCTOBER 14, 2018 at AMC River East 21

The Pitch at Industry Days is an annual event in which a selection of narrative feature film projects are pitched in front of a live audience and a panel of industry judges during the Industry Days portion of the 2018 Chicago International Film Festival. Now in its fourth year, The Pitch at Industry Days has established itself as a leading industry showcase spotlighting bold, original work from the Chicago region.

Past projects from The Pitch at Industry Days include the Chicago Film Project’s and Full Spectrum Features’ Signature Move, directed by Jennifer Reeder, Reeder’s upcoming Knives and Skin, and Haroula Rose’s Once Upon a River.

The winning pitch receives an awards package of in-kind goods and services worth tens of thousands of dollars. Contributors include Keslow Camera, Kayquarii Productions, Stage 18, AbelCine, Chicago Media Angels, and the Tribeca Film Institute.

This year’s Pitch jury includes Molly O’Keefe, Senior Director, Artist Programs at the Tribeca Film Institute; Kent Sanderson, President, Acquisitions and Ancillary Distribution at Bleecker Street Media; and Paula Froehle, Co-founder & CEO of Chicago Media Project and previously the Founding Academic Dean of Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy.

Admission is free for Industry Days badge holders while individual event tickets are also available.

The selected projects for the 2018 Pitch at Industry Days are:

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Case Unsolved

Loving husbands Riz and Owen enjoy some seemingly harmless nostalgia when they dial a hotline number they remember from a spooky 1980s docu-series called Case Unsolved, but they’ve summoned a ghost featured on the old show and must work together to stop her from killing people.

Director: C.J. Arellano Producers: Becca Stahl, Taylor Witten, Mark Burns


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Plain Jane

When button-up L.A. morning news anchor Jane Wilson land the network job of her dreams, she must return to her Bible Belt hometown to make sure a salacious secret from her past doesn’t destroy her future.

Director: Jacquelyn Jamjoom Producers: Steven A. Jones, Jacquelyn Jamjoom, Keely Wise


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The Limits of Vision

The Limits of Vision is a "diary-of-a-mad-housewife" story featuring Marcia, a twenty-something South Londonite, whose fanciful notions about dust and dirt take a dark turn when she hosts coffee morning. This animated feature based on the novel by Robert Irwin tackles themes of art, metaphysics, obsessive compulsion, and second- wave feminism.

Director: Laura Harrison Producer: Eugene Sun Park


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The Men Who Angered God

To avoid wrongful incarceration, an immigrant woman flees to a safe haven on the U.S./Canadian border. Her sanctuary becomes a living nightmare when she is subjected to a series of bizarre genetic tests by the fanatical religious cult that runs the facility.

Director: Hamzah Jamjoom Producer: Patrick Wimp


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The Thieves and Their Friends

When a robbery is interrupted, two thieving brothers find themselves entangled in the lives of a struggling, thirty-something Los Angeles couple and a sudden tragedy changes them all.

Director: Haroula Rose Producers: Grace Hahn, Shane Simmons