The Art of the Pitch:
What, Why, & How 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 7–8:30 pm
Virtual, via Zoom Video Conference
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You have an idea for a film. You've spent hours fleshing it out into a script or outline envisioning the aesthetic, considering the crew, recruiting collaborators, and dreaming about where you hope the final product will be seen. You can visualize how every element will play out, but can you articulate this vision in a pitch to potential funders, distributors, and platforms?

Join the Maine Film Association and presenters Matthew Myers and Louise Rosen to learn "The Art of the Pitch: What, Why, & How." No matter what phase of development or production your documentary or narrative film is in, this is the time and place to learn how to pitch your film to the people who will help make it and get it in front of an audience.

This is a two-part weekday evening event, offered as part of the MFA's 2021 Virtual Workshop Series. Part I of the Art of the Pitch workshop is a background information session that will take participants through the process of developing an effective pitch for a narrative or documentary film. Following this information session, participants are encouraged to use the session takeaways to develop and practice their pitch. During Part II of the workshop on the evening of February 11, up to five participants may workshop their pitches, presenting them to experts and members of the MFA community for constructive feedback!

About Our Instructors

Louise Rosen serves as an editorial and business consultant, international distributor, producer, and sales agent. Ms. Rosen’s projects include Oscar, Emmy, FIPRESCI, Teddy, and Sundance award-winning films. Louise began her career in film and television at WGBH-TV as Director of International Sales and Co-productions. She later launched her own distribution company and sales agency.

She has raised financing for and distributed landmark projects such as Eyes on the Prize: Series I & II, The Great Depression, and Style Wars, as well as the Oscar winner Anne Frank Remembered, and the Oscar nominee Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern.

Louise is a credited producer on films and series such as the IMAX feature and NOVA documentary The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition, and the feature documentaries Killing for Love, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, Prodigal Sons, Holy Water-Gate and 1001 Nights Apart. Her consulting producer credits include The Disrupted, The Rise of the Synths, and Eva Hesse.

Prior to her career in film and television, Louise worked in the music business for Grateful Dead Records and ran her own management/booking agency. In radio, she worked for Westinghouse Broadcasting and WBCN, Boston’s revolutionary rock radio station.

Louise tutors at Germany’s Documentary Campus Master School and has been a speaker and moderator at conferences and film festivals including Sheffield DocFest, DOC NYC, & HotDocs.

Matthew Myers is an American film and television producer with over 30 feature and television credits. His producing projects have garnered major awards and international honors at the Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, and Sundance film festivals. He has worked with Academy Award-winning talent Christopher Walken, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Dustin Lance Black, Helen Hunt, Colin Firth, Harvey Keitel, Glenn Close, Kathy Bates, Bette Midler and Spike Lee.

Matt has produced films for Netflix, Amazon, Fox Searchlight, Showtime, Sony, and Lionsgate. His recent credits include See You Yesterday, a Netflix Original Movie produced with Spike Lee, which premiered in 2019 at the TriBeCa Film Festival and has captured more than 80 million viewers on Netflix; Irreplaceable You, a top 100 Netflix movie of 2018; and Nocturne which premiered on Amazon Prime. He is working with Oscar-winning producer Lisa Bruce (Darkest Hour, Theory of Everything) on two movies for Blumhouse and Amazon Studios and is in production on a suspense thriller Intrusion for Netflix.

Matt is a member of the Director’s Guild of America, the Producers Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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Workshop Prep Resources

In advance of the January 27 workshop, please take 15 minutes to view the following video tutorials: