CineYouth Film Pitch
One of our favorite things to ask young filmmakers is, “What are you working on next?” As their talent and style evolve, the young filmmakers at CineYouth provide us with a window to their world and the opportunity to watch them as they grow.
The CineYouth Film Pitch is a one-day program that allows select participants to present their works-in-progress to a panel of industry professionals for a chance to get direct feedback from the experts who know the film business best. Oh, and one lucky pitch participant will win a cash prize to support their project!
CineYouth Film Pitch
Saturday, May 6th – 9:00AM – 2:00PM (with lunch break)
The Music Box Theatre (Lounge), 3733 N. Southport Ave.
The Film Pitch provides participants the opportunity to express their unique work. Family, friends and colleagues are invited to observe the Pitch and cheer on the participating filmmakers.
Film Pitch Panelists
Trevor Albert started his journey as a communications and film major at the University of California San Diego and worked his way through college as a journalist for the San Diego Reader. Upon graduation, he moved up the California coast to pursue a film career in Los Angeles. After working as a film researcher at Universal Pictures and Warner Brothers, he accepted a full time position with producers Jon Peters and Barbra Streisand. After working with Jon and Barbra for less than a year he was sent to Florida to work with Harold Ramis on Caddyshack, Harold’s directorial debut. Trevor and Harold instantly developed a great rapport based on their mutual love of laughter and movies.
When Albert agreed to be the gopher puppet in several scenes on the golf course, the relationship was cemented. Caddyshack began a professional relationship that would last for more than 20 years. Together they made a series of very successful comedies including National Lampoon’s Vacation with Chevy Chase, Club Paradise with Robin Williams and Peter O’Toole, Groundhog Day with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, Multiplicity with Michael Keaton and Andie MacDowell, Stuart Saves His Family with Al Franken, and Bedazzled with Brendan Fraser and Elizabeth Hurley.
After many years in Hollywood, Ramis and his family decided to move back to his hometown of Chicago while Albert stayed in Los Angeles and started a new film company. Having worked for many years exclusively in the world of comedy, Albert decided to venture into the world of graphic novels, producing The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen starring Sean Connery. Following that, he produced The First Twenty Million is The Hardest based on the novel by Pro Bronson, starring Rosario Dawson, then the classic children’s film Because of Winn-Dixie based on the Newbery award winning book by Kate DiCamillo, starring Cicely Tyson, Jeff Daniels, Eva Marie Saint, Dave Matthews and AnnaSophia Robb, and then the independent film Waiting For Forever, starring Richard Jenkins, Blythe Danner and Rachel Bilson.
His most recent and perhaps proudest production is the Academy Award nominated documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, which follows the iconic musician Campbell on his unprecedented tour across America after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Richard Roeper called it “One of the most remarkable Documentaries in recent years.”
Trevor is currently Chair of the Harold Ramis Film School at Second City and a consulting producer at 20th Century Fox Animation. He also continues to develop films and TV under his own production company.
Gratified to make films that are entertaining, sometimes intelligent and occasionally inspiring, Trevor is a distinguished member of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
James Choi is a prolific, award-winning filmmaker with over a decade of film industry experience in Los Angeles having worked in representation, production and digital media.
His first feature film as a producer, Made in China, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Film at SXSW in 2009 and distributed by IFC Films. Since then, Mr. Choi has produced four feature films that have screen widely on the U.S./World festival circuit.
Empty Space marks his second feature film as a director and his second collaboration with Judi Krant, the writer/director of Made In China. It is currently playing at festivals around the world and was picked up for theatrical distribution in South Korea.
James is based out of Chicago and teaches film at DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts.
After graduating with a Master of Science in Communications from Grand Valley State University in Michigan, John Otterbacher moved to Chicago where he splits his time between teaching and filmmaking. Otterbacher has mainly worked as a producer and cinematographer specializing in independent film/tv/new media and work for non-profit organizations. As a college instructor, Otterbacher has taught at a number of institutions and is currently coordinator for the Cinematography program at Tribeca Flashpoint College in Chicago. He is a board member for IFP Chicago and is a member of the Education Advisory Committee for Cinema/Chicago. In 2016, John received his MFA in film from VCFA as part of the inaugural class there with a short version of his documentary Officially Limited completed as his thesis. Current projects include Father Burke’s Boss Battle, a short film about a priest addicted to video games, was recently completed, while narrative feature Moving Parts is in post-production along with the feature length and interactive versions of John’s documentary Officially Limited.
Beckie Stocchetti oversees all Independent and Local Film Initiatives at the Chicago Film Office, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). At the Chicago Film Office, Beckie works to support and elevate Chicago’s independent film and media makers and the many outstanding organizations that serve them. Her job focuses on cultivating opportunities to increase sustainability for the local film industry, and to highlight Chicago on a national scale and as a hub for independent creatives. Beckie has worked to support the independent film community in Chicago and nationally for over a decade. Prior to joining DCASE, she was the Director of Engagement and Programs at documentary production company Kartemquin Films. At KTQ Beckie consulted with producers to provide critical advice and support around distribution, audience engagement and social impact strategy throughout the production process, and managed all professional development programs for emerging and mid-career filmmakers at the organization.
Also in Chicago, Beckie worked as the Program Director at Chicago Filmmakers, a 501-c-3 filmmaker service organization, where she programmed weekly screenings and classes for filmmakers and developed the Digital Media Production Fund. From 2009 – 2011 Beckie served as the Assistant Film Curator and Business Manager of the Doris Duke Theater at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. She has worked with the Hawaii International Film Festival in various capacities including Development consultant, Director of Education, and Projection Manager since 2009. Beckie has also programmed independent film for museums, theaters, schools, independent distribution, park districts, underground cinemas, and international film festivals. She regularly serves as a guest speaker, panelist, and juror for film festivals and film grants across the United States. Beckie previously served on the boards of Full Spectrum Features (Signature Move), Chicago International Film Festival, ArtWorks Projects, and Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival. She is a Chicago Community Trust Young Leaders Fund associate, and holds memberships with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, IFC Chicago,and Alliance (previously NAMAC). Beckie co-curates Run of Life, a monthly experimental documentary series through the Nightingale Cinema in Chicago. Beckie has a degree from the University of Chicago in Cinema and Media Studies with an emphasis on international cinema, contemporary political documentaries, and spectator theory.