One of the seven feature docs to be presented at Good Pitch Chicago on Oct. 22 will be “The Dreamcatchers,” now in production in Chicago by British filmmaker Kim Longinotto. “The Dreamcatchers,” like her 24 previous docs, highlights the plight of female victims of oppression or discrimination.
Her Chicago-made film follows two former prostitutes, Brenda Myers-Powell and Stephanie Daniels-Wilson, who have dedicated their lives to helping women get out of prostitution and teaching vulnerable young girls how to avoid sexual exploitation on the streets.
Teaming with London’s RISE Films, Longinotto has unparalleled access to sex workers in Chicago’s toughest neighborhood. RISE Films previously worked in Chicago with Steve James’ acclaimed “The Interrupters.”
Financing for the doc comes from New York-based Impact Partners, (“Detropia,” “The Queen of Versailles”), that brings together financing and filmmakers who address pressing social issues. It is also one of Good Pitch Chicago’s supporters.
This is Good Pitch Chicago’s flagship event, brought here for the first time by BRITCOM of London. The seven documentarians, who’d been chosen from scores of submissions, will pitch their concepts to 83 potential funding organizations during the day-long event at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, 4th floor, starting at 8:30 a.m.