DePaul hosts ‘Art of Pitch’ panel with film, tv pros

“The Art of Pitching” is the panel discussion part of the first Pitch Day hosted by DePaul School of Cinematic Arts Friday, March 6, featuring faculty members who are also successful film and television professionals.

While Pitch Day is mainly for DePaul Cinema students, it’s also open to working filmmakers who could use expert advice in getting through to the people with greenlight power to advance their work.

Panelists are CDM faculty Brad Riddell, the writer of four produced features; Jose Soto, TV series producer in the US and Mexico; Christopher Parrish, TV sitcom writer and Tim Peternel, an indie film producer  

Nathan DeWitt, TV shows writer and indie film producer will be the evening’s emcee.

Students’ presentation of projects and reels will give them a chance to connect, collaborate and create with fellow students.  Projects that develop through Pitch Day collaboration could result in such handsome payoffs as receiving special grant attention, faculty mentorship and direct submission to agents, managers and film festivals.

At the school’s Communications Theatre, 14 E. Jackson, lower level. Pitch session, 5-7:45 p.m., is free and open to all; networking, 7:45-9 p.m., exclusively for DePaul communities and acting talent and crew persons who have worked on student films.