THURSDAY, NOV. 6, 2014 at the ROSE WAGNER THEATRE
The youth produced films you will see at PitchNic are original, authentic, illuminating and inspiring. Anyone who cares about film, is a member of the industry, or has a teenage child should come. It is an invitation for conversation, inspiration and a look at what is possible when young people come together to collaborate and narrate their future. - Geralyn Dreyfous, Founder of the Utah Film Center and Impact Partners, and longtime supporter of Spy Hop.
On April 24, at Spy Hop’s Annual Benefit, PitchNic students pitched their film to the public. They were all fully funded (BIG thanks to everyone who supported them!) and the students will spend the summer shooting and editing their films.
(David Jenny, AJ Bull, Kyle Gregerson, & Sam Clark) Bryce Parker is a self-effacing, closeted homosexual teen. When he befriends Nathan, his confidently gay classmate, his ambition to come out is triggered but before he can, he must first get over his fear of what others will say.
RETURN WITH HONOR
(Madi Palmer, Ryann Beeler & Lauren Finlinson) In the LDS faith, going on a mission is seen as a rite of passage. Return with Honor tells the story of a missionary whose service was cut short due to mental illness. This personal story reflects on the emotions and experience of a life-changing service, and explores the struggle with coming home early.
(George Metos, Alex Gruneich, Daela Tipton, & Elizabeth Curland) Going Mad is an experimental rock musical where the main character, Alistair, is committed into a mental institution. It is here that he will ultimately begin questioning his reality and the existence of his fellow patients.
(Abby Pincock-Christiansen, Amber Rose Dwyer & Sydney N. Cahoon) We seek it through religion, psychic mediums, Ouiji Boards, and high tech paranormal investigations. There are believers and skeptics, but no one really knows the truth about life after death. Chasing Death follows three teens on their journey to understand the psychology behind the cultural obsession with death.
Conceived in 2001 as an innovative way of uniting talented and passionate young filmmakers with real production resources, PitchNic allows experienced student filmmakers access to the funds, equipment, and professional mentorship needed to create top-caliber films.
Spy Hop’s award winning year-long film class is the next step in your creative and technical film pursuits. Spend a year with 5 other passionate, experienced, creative teens to write, shoot and edit a 20 minute film.
Broken into two groups, documentary and narrative, each student spends time working on story ideas and then pitches them to a panel of film professionals. The winning six pitches advance to the final round and are narrowed down to four final films by the class. Each film is created by a team of three; a director, producer and cinematographer. The rest of the class is spent learning first-hand how to create a professional-caliber film.
PitchNic films have screened at over 30 festivals internationally, including the Sundance Film Festival, Los Angeles International Film Festival, Westport Youth Film Festival, and CineYouth Film Festival.