NORTH FORK TV FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES PILOT WINNERS AND FAMILY PROGRAMMING FOR 2019 FESTIVAL

 

Festival, including two star-studded parties, to take place October 4–5 in Greenport, NY

 
 

Greenport, NY (July 10, 2019) — The North Fork TV Festival announced the winners of its competition for independent pilots. Chosen for their artistic merit and commercial potential, the four winners will screen along with family programming on October 4–5, 2019, at the Greenport Theatre in Greenport, NY. These are the winning pilots:

  • M — created by Javier Devitt

  • OTIS — created by Alexander Etseyatse

  • RAINBOW RUTHIE — created by Ruth Marantz

  • UPS AND DOWNS — created by Eoin Cleland

Each of the selections was handpicked by a specific member of a team of esteemed showrunners, including Theresa Rebeck (creator of “Smash”), Rockne S. O’Bannon (creator of “Defiance”), David Feige (co-creator of “Raising the Bar”), and David Greenwalt (co-creator of “Grimm”).

“Our vision is a global marketplace for independent scripted video,” said Founder Noah Doyle. “We’re starting that as explicitly as we can — by pairing extraordinary creators with showrunners who will be their mentors and champions.”

The judges will be distinguished, active guests of the Festival. Following the screening of each pilot, the judge who selected it will moderate a discussion with the pilot’s creator. “The other judges and I were incredibly impressed with the seven finalists and are honored to curate the four winners,” said Theresa Rebeck. “They will delight casual viewers and excite even the toughest, most experienced buyers. We can’t wait for October to see which pilots get sold.”

The lineup represents the very best of independent television in every genre. “Working closely with our acclaimed showrunners to determine this year’s selections was tremendously rewarding,” said Elias Plagianos, Director of Programming. “We have laughs, thrills, and drama — all from a diverse group of creators with unique perspectives.”

The Festival is also honored to bestow Alice Cahn with its inaugural Award for Achievement in Children’s Television on Saturday, October 5. A leader in kids’ media for three decades, Alice has enriched countless childhoods with programs like Arthur, The Magic School Bus, Sesame Street, Peppa Pig, Teletubbies, Barney, and Stop Bullying: Speak Up.

“Children's media is, and has always been, at the forefront of social change,” said Alice Cahn. “With this year's focus on kindness and social skills in an increasingly challenging political environment, I am grateful to the North Fork Television Festival for honoring the media young children enjoy, learn from, and trust.”

The festival will then host The Power of Kindness: Family Program with Alice Cahn, sponsored by Disney Channels Worldwide, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and WGBH Kids. This conversation with Alice and children’s media consultant, creator, and curator Sara Berliner will discuss how storytelling can take us from inspiration to action.

“It's a true honor for me to present Alice Cahn with this prestigious award,” said Sara Berliner. “Attendees will learn so much from our screening and discussion about the power of kindness and how stories can inspire positive action.”

The official opening night party will be held on Friday, October 4, at the recently renovated Claudio’s Restaurant, and the closing night party taking place on Saturday, October 5, at Green Hill, a welcoming and lively restaurant and bar.

All-access passes include admission to these parties. They and tickets to individual events are now available for purchase at https://www.northfork.tv/tickets. For more information, including the full list of events and screenings at this year’s festival, visit https://northfork.tv/ and follow @NorthForkTV on Instagram and Twitter.


Pilots, Family Programming, and Parties — Schedule & Descriptions

pilots + their showrunner champions

OTIS
Friday, October 4 | 3:00pm | Greenport Theatre
Writer, Director, and Starring: Alexander Etseyatse

** David Feige handpicked this selection and will moderate a post-screen Q&A **
A young, calm, and mentally unstable man attempts to convince his new buddy that they don’t belong at a psych ward by inciting an uprising while trying to win back the affection of his ex-fiancée and daughter.


RAINBOW RUTHIE
Saturday, October 5 | 1:30pm | Greenport Theatre
Writer: Ruth Marantz
Director: Ruth Marantz
Starring: Ruth Marantz, Ayumi Patterson, Abraham Makany, and Alexis Bronkovic

** Theresa Rebeck handpicked this selection and will moderate a post-screen Q&A **
An ex–teen star from Manhattan Public Access TV in the nineties decides to relive her glory days.


M
Saturday, October 5 | 4:00pm | Greenport Theatre
Director: Javier Devitt
Writers: Mateo Ingouville and Ezequiel Schmoller
Starring: Alena Chinault, Jon McCormick, Marcelo Melingo, Heinz K. Krattiger, and Juan Alari

**Rockne S. O’Bannon handpicked this selection and will moderate a post-screen Q&A** Diane and Tim, a young American couple, give up their search for Tim’s father in Patagonia only to encounter a local conman, Alejandro, who lures them back into their journey. As the three travel deeper into the woods, mysteries abound and the forest plays tricks. Each is searching for something — and ultimately discovering much more. They may be hunting a man. But what’s hunting them?


UPS AND DOWNS
Saturday, October 5 | 7:00pm | Greenport Theatre
Director: Eoin Cleland
Writer: Eoin Cleland
Starring: James Martin, Rosie Barry, and Susan Lynch

** David Greenwalt handpicked this selection and will moderate a post-screen Q&A **
A young man with Down syndrome tricks his sister into a road trip to go to a concert while being pursued by their mum. With no phones, no money, and no plan, can they make it? This screening will be the pilot’s U.S. premiere.


CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING

THE POWER OF KINDNESS: FAMILY PROGRAM WITH ALICE CAHN
Saturday, October 5 | 11:00am| Greenport Theatre
Guest: Alice Cahn
Moderator: Sara Berliner

The 2019 Family Program’s is The Power of Kindness and honors pioneering children’s television and social impact executive Alice Cahn with the inaugural North Fork TV Festival Award for Achievement in Children’s Television. A leader in kids’ media for three decades, Alice has enriched countless childhoods with prosocial programming like Arthur, The Magic School Bus, Sesame Street, Peppa Pig, Teletubbies, Barney, and Stop Bullying: Speak Up. In audience Q&A moderated by Sara Berliner, we’ll discuss with Alice how storytelling can take us from inspiration to action. Thank you to 2019 Family Program sponsors Disney Channels Worldwide, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and WGBH Kids.

PARTIES

OPENING NIGHT PARTY
Friday, October 4 | 9:00pm | Claudio’s

Established in 1870, Claudio’s, located in Greenport, New York, is one of the oldest family-run restaurants in the United States. Purchased in 2018 by Ryan Sasson, Ian Behar, Perry Weitz and David Weitz, the almost 7,000 square feet of restaurant space is managed by Stephen Loffredo and Tora Matsuoka of Seasoned Hospitality Group. The property consists of three main restaurants that have all been renovated to bring them up to current standards — Claudio’s Restaurant, Claudio’s Waterfront, and the fast-casual Crabby Jerry’s. New to the property this year is also Pizzeria Baccano at Claudio’s, run by ten-time world champion pizza maker Nino Coniglio. Claudio’s is open seasonally offering locally sourced ingredients and fresh seafood, with the main restaurant open all year.


CLOSING NIGHT PARTY
Saturday, October 5 | 9:00pm | Green Hill

Green Hill is a lively restaurant and bar that finds inspiration in the local tavern — a warm, welcoming gathering place for families, friends, and groups of all sizes in the heart of Greenport Village. Green Hill’s menu features classic American staples, homemade sausages, house-cured bacon, and a selection of grilled and smoked fish and meats. A deep appreciation for exceptional North Fork ingredients and thoughtful preparations drives the restaurant’s approach, and almost every single item on the menu is made in house, from scratch, every day. Upstairs at Green Hill is an intimate live music venue featuring the talented acts from near and far, along with extended seating in an outdoor patio. greenhillny.com


ABOUT THE NORTH FORK TV FESTIVAL

The North Fork TV Festival celebrates the evolution of television, both mainstream and independent, bringing together the minds of actors, executives, writers, and directors. Held annually in Greenport, New York, at the historic Greenport Theatre, the festival supports independent program development and embraces exciting, innovative voices from around the world. Founded in 2015, The North Fork TV Festival is a year-round 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Every year an expert panel selects four independent pilots to be screened at the Festival and additionally mentored through development and eventual production of the pilots into on-air series.

This year, The North Fork TV Festival announces the inaugural Alfred P. Sloan Science + Tech Pilot Script Competition, which aims to encourage screenwriters to create more realistic and compelling stories about science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes about scientists and engineers in the popular imagination. The winner of the competition will have their script turned into a produced pilot which will premiere at the North Fork TV Festival in front of top industry talent.

The two-day festival will also feature this year’s Canopy Award winner, in-depth industry panels, screenings of independent television pilots, a wonderful children’s program, and parties both nights.

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