Film Pitch

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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
Sunday, April 22nd
• 10:00am – 3:00pm (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.


headshot - Pamela Sherrod Anderson 200x200Pamela Sherrod Anderson is an award-winning filmmaker, playwright, journalist and educator. Her cinematic work includes documentaries, shorts and feature films. She is currently in post-production on the documentary The G Force, which will make its debut in 2018. The G Force was among those projects selected by ITVS (Independent Television) as part of their Diversity Development Fund. In 2012, her documentary The Curators of Dixon School screened at Black Harvest International Film Festival in Chicago and featured at the New Teachers Conference in San Jose, CA. The Curators of Dixon School, recently renamed Hallways of Hope, will be distributed in 2018 by Cow Lamp Films. A past fellow of Kartemquin Films and Community Film Workshop’s Diverse Voices in Documentary program, Pamela heads Graceworks Theater’s film productions and teaches at DePaul University in the College of Computing and Digital Cinema. She is also a mentor in the DePaul and Chicago Housing Authority Documentary Filmmaking Camp for teen girls.

headshot - Margaret Byrne 200x200Margaret Byrne, Director/Producer/DP, has worked in film and television for over 15 years. Raising Bertie, a feature documentary following the lives of three African American boys in rural North Carolina over the course of six years, is Byrne’s directorial debut and had its national broadcast on POV in August of 2017. Her previous credits include Emmy-nominated American Promise (2012) and Slaying Goliath (2009). She was previously a creative director at Universal Music and produced the series that launched MTV in Africa. She is the founder of Beti Films.

headshot - Josh da Silvan 200x200Josh da Silva has BA in Theatre Studies from UW-Milwaukee and a MFA in directing from DePaul University. Josh was recently awarded Top Chicago Filmmaker by the Chicago Comedy Film Fest for his feature documentary Something out of Nothing. Currently Josh is the Digital Content Manager for Questar Entertainment, and the Director of Acquisitions for Questar’s new independent film division Cow Lamp Films.

headshot - Michael Galbincea 200x200Michael P. Galbincea has been a digital media artist and educator for the last 15 years. Over several years Michael has evolved as an educator and interactive media specialist. His goal has always been to be immersed in as many aspects of art, culture and design as possible, and teach it to students in a clear and enthusiastic manner. Michael strives to merge his experiences as an educator and art director to help create the education methods for the designers of the future.