14 projects are named for this year’s DOC Pitch, which will run as part of the Auckland leg of the Screen Edge Forum.
Some familiar names are in the mix this year. Director Bryn Evans (pictured, top) and producer Paula Jones (Hip Hop-eration) are named with the story of Kiwi nurse Kathleen Hall A Season For Persimmons. Early this year Evans was named the recipient of the DEGNZ mentorship with Canadian documentary filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal.
A different Paula Jones, Paula Whetu Jones, also has a project selected for DOC Pitch, He Ao Kotahi, which was seeking support via crowdfunding platform Give A Little earlier this year.
Kim Webby, whose The Price of Peace premiered at last year’s NZIFF and went on to win imagineNATIVE’s Best Doco award, is named for DOC Pitch with Whale Harvesters.
J.Ollie Lucks is developing a feature doco from his 2015 Loading Docs title Wilbur Force, with Loading Docs creator Julia Parnell on board as producer. The project is currently fundraising on Boosted.
As part of the Pacific Alliance for Documentary and Interactive Storytelling (PADISA) initiative, which will launch at the Wellington leg of the Screen Edge Forum, a number of international projects join this year’s Pitch.
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson, whose Kumu Hina played last year’s Doc Edge as part of a programme curated by FIFO (where the film won the Audience Award), will pitch The Princess And The Queen. Malaysian filmmakers Mohammadreza Shams and Yihwen Chen will also pitch.
The Pitch panel will include representatives from the funders NZFC and NZ On Air, broacasters Choice, Maori Television, MediaWorks, Sky and TVNZ, production companies Greenstone and Top Shelf, distributors and others.
The Screen Edge Forum conference day runs 13 May at Park Road Post, Wellington; and 18 May at AUT, Auckland. Doc Pitch and Date-A-Doco run 19 May at AUT.
The full list of projects selected is:
Yihwen Chen, Eye On The Ball
Paula Jones, He Ao Kotahi – The One World Project
Vea Mafile’o, Paper Run
Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson, The Princess And The Queen
Victoria Moss & Mike Heydon, Prison Gate To Plate
Mohammadreza Shams, Read The Reed
Bryn Evans & Paula Jones, A Season For Persimmons
Victor Carson, Seawomen of Iceland
Mark Lapwood, Soul Places
Alex Reed & Louise Leitch, Unseen
Kim Webby, Whale Harvesters
Vivienne Stone & Kirsty Cameron, The Water Cooler
J.Ollie Lucks & Julia Parnell, Wilbur Force
Brian Mead, Zealandia