In addition to screening great films, DocLands provides an interactive forum to help invigorate the business and art of nonfiction filmmaking and build an active, involved and fully supportive community around documentary film. Join us. Be part of the story.


DocPitch is designed to connect filmmakers and their ideas to funders, distributors, organizations, philanthropists, fellow filmmakers, and future audiences. Up to five film projects currently in development or post-production have been selected to present their pitches. The audience will vote for their favorite, which will receive a $25,000 cash award. Please join us and become one of the first to witness these new projects in development and vote to help a filmmaker take home the cash!

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SATURDAY, MAY 4 • 11:00AM – 1:00 PM

$8 General  |  $7 CFI Members



Are you a storyteller or a documentary filmmaker? For a film to have impact, it must have a story—and the audience must connect with the story profoundly. For a film to have real social impact, it must expand our understanding, change our perspective, and challenge us to do something. Done right, film can be one of the most powerful tools available to manifest these connections with an audience,who can then help change the world. What elements can you use to create a connection with the audience? How do you encouragean audience to take action? Do you know in development if your film can make a difference? How important is it to join forces with an ‘impact partner?’ What constitutes an impact partner? Join us for coffee, bagels, and conversation with visiting and local filmmakersas they share strategies for connecting with a powerful purpose.

SUNDAY, MAY 5 • 12:30 – 2:00 PM

FREE (Ticket Required)


Andrew is an award-winning filmmaker that has traveled the world telling the stories of cultures often overlooked and under-appreciated. As a humanitarian, Andrew stumbled into a film career while working with numerous non-profit organizations in North America, South America, India and Africa. Through this experience, he witnessed how stories told through images transcended barriers and acted as levers for change.
Most recently, Andrew produced WHEN LAMBS BECOME LIONS (Tribeca 2018, Best Editing); Directed by Emmy award-winning Jon Kasbe, Executive Produced by Oscar-nominated Matt Heineman. WHEN LAMBS BECOME LIONS was a grant recipient of Sundance Institute’s Documentary Production Fund Grant in 2017. He worked for NGOs in different poaching ‘hotbed communities,’ experiencing firsthand the social poverty traps, and navigating East Africa’s intricate black market. Andrew also directed, produced & edited SOMEWHERE IN BEULAH LAND; an award-winning short documentary. He is also a proud descendant of Chief Tarhe of the Wyandot-Huron nation and the founder of Ragtag Tribe Films.

Hillary Pierce is an Emmy Award-winning documentary producer based in Austin, Texas. She is drawn to stories about the meaning of home, unity amidst diversity, and seeks to reach new audiences with her projects. She is a part of the producing team behind Keith Maitland’s dual 2016 documentaries TOWER and A SONG FOR YOU: THE AUSTIN CITY LIMITS STORY. Hillary began her documentary career at Maysles Films under the tutelage of Direct Cinema pioneer Albert Maysles and earned an MFA in Documentary Film at Wake Forest University. TOWER won the Grand Jury Documentary Prize and Audience Award at SXSW in 2016, broadcast nationally on PBS’ Independent Lens in February 2017, was shortlisted for an Academy Award and won the 2018 Emmy for Outstanding Historical Documentary. She most recently produced THE RIVER AND THE WALL directed by Ben Masters that premiered at SXSW in 2019 and won the Louis Black “Lone Star” Award. It releases nationwide on May 2nd.

Krista Schlyer has spent much of the past decade chronicling the wildlife, landscapes, and human communities of the US-Mexico borderlands as the region has experienced an increasingly militarized US border policy. She is the author of Continental Divide: Wildlife, People and the Border Wall, a book that earned the National Outdoor Book Award and the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography. She has collaborated with Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife, BBC, Esri, Earthjustice, and many more to highlight the ecological, economic, and human rights impacts of border policy. The campaign has included several short films, dozens of magazine articles, slideshow presentations, exhibits, social media outreach, and a book.

Chris Temple is an award-winning filmmaker and humanitarian. He co-directed, produced and hosted the feature documentaries Living on One Dollar and Salam Neighbor. The films were distributed globally by Netflix and Amazon, and his work has been featured in The New York Times, Variety, and The Atlantic. He’s been honored with the 2016 Muslim Public Affairs Council Annual Media Award, recognized alongside Bill Gates and Angelina Jolie as one of the top 100 visionary leaders of 2015 by YPO’s Real Leaders Magazine, and accepted by the U.S. State Department into the American Film Showcase.
From living in a tent in a Syrian refugee camp to working as a radish farmer and surviving on $1 a day in Guatemala, Chris has been on the front lines fighting for human rights. His work has shifted policy and raised over $91 million dollars for poverty alleviation and refugee support efforts. Most recently, Chris collaborated with the UN Refugee Agency and Google to create Searching for Syria, an immersive online hub that answers the world’s top searched questions about Syria. The project was featured on the homepage of Google, received over 25 million views, and won a 2018 Webby Award for the internet’s “Best Use of Photography.” He’s currently in post-production on his newest feature documentary, Five Years North.