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Monday, September 10 • 10:00am - 11:00am
From Pitch to Applause: FIRST POSITION & INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE

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WESTDOC’s previous PitchFest winners – Bess Kargman’s First Position and Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky’s Indie Game: The Movie – were both released to great acclaim earlier this year.  Both films toured the festival circuit, but while Kargman’s work was acquired by a major company for its subsequent theatrical run, Pajot and Swirsky embarked on a more DIY approach to distributing their work in theaters and online.  Listen to the filmmakers discuss their respective approaches, weighing the pros and cons of a traditional film release vs. a more digital-oriented approach.

Moderated by Chuck Braverman


Speakers
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Chuck Braverman

Co-Founder, WESTDOC
Co-Founder and Partner Chuck Braverman is one of the few successful dramatic film directors who also has extensive experience producing and directing documentary films. Chuck has been nominated four times by the Directors Guild of America and won the Best Feature Documentary award... Read More →
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Bess Kargman

Director/Producer, FIRST POSITION
Bess Kargman is the director, producer and co-editor of the award winning dance documentary FIRST POSITION.  The movie premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and was acquired by Sundance Selects/IFC. Since the film's release in May, it has screened in over 200... Read More →
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Lisanne Pajot

Director/Producer, INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE
Lisanne Pajot is one of the directors, producers, editors, cinematographers and distributors behind the Sundance award-winning feature documentary, Indie Game: The Movie.  Indie Game: The Movie was one of the first films to be born on Kickstarter. It was funded in part by 2 successful... Read More →
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James Swirsky

Director/Producer, INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE
James Swirsky is one of the directors, producers, editors, cinematographers and distributors behind the Sundance award-winning feature documentary, Indie Game: The Movie.  Indie Game: The Movie was one of the first films to be born on Kickstarter. It was funded in part by 2 successful... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 10:00am - 11:00am
Theater 3