2019 pilot finalists

This year, we are proud to highlight a diverse group of creators from around the world who are telling compelling stories in every genre. Narrowing down this year’s submissions was painful, but our seven finalists exemplify independent storytelling at its very best. We can’t wait to see which final four pilots our judges select and look forward to sharing them with our buyers this October in Greenport, NY.

 
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Beyond the Badge

Directors: Ryan Miningham + Samuel Bennetts
Writer: Anita M. Cal
Producers: Anita M. Cal, Cheryl Jenkins, Will Blount + Samuel Bennetts
Starring: Don Wallace, Daya Vaidya, Rodney Rowland, Karimah Westbrook + Evan Parke

As with most great series, “Beyond the Badge” is more than a police procedural. It is a dramatic hybrid that offers a different point of view of societal issues, undercover cop life, faith and family through an African-American lens. It is a family drama police procedural that surrounds the multi-ethnic Allen clan, a tenacious but flawed group of undercover cops with deep roots in LA. Everything goes down in the streets or hole-in-the-wall warehouses, but we rarely see the station in this series. These UCs risks their lives to protect and serve despite the personal toll. This will reward viewers engrossed in today’s divided America, but watching with hope.


Everyone Is Doing Great

Director: James Lafferty
Writers: James Lafferty + Stephen Colletti
Starring: James Lafferty, Stephen Colletti + Alexandra Park

Seth and Jeremy enjoyed relative success from “Eternal,” a hit television vampire drama. Five years after their show has ended, they lean on each other as they struggle to reclaim their previous level of success and relevance, awkwardly navigating the perils of life and love amid a humorously painful coming of age.


M

Director: Javier Devitt
Writers: Mateo Ingouville + Ezequiel Schmoller
Starring: Alena Chinault, Jon McCormick, Marcelo Melingo, Heinz K. Krattiger + Juan Alari

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?


Otis

Directed, Written by + Starring: Alexander Etseyatse

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

Directed + written by: Ruth Marantz
Starring: Ruth Marantz, Ayumi Patterson, Abraham Makany + Alexis Bronkovic

An ex–teen star from Manhattan Public Access TV in the nineties decides to relive her glory days.


Shepherd

Director: Andrew Bryan
Writers: Andrew Bryan + Owen Hornstein III
Producers: Todd Campbell + Kenneth Reynolds
Starring: Lance Nichols

Fed up with the crime and murder plaguing his inner-city New Orleans community, a Catholic priest with a violent past decides to take matters into his own hands.


Ups and Downs

Director: Eoin Cleland
Writer: Eoin Cleland
Starring: James Martin, Rosie Barry + Susan Lynch

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? 


 
 

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Our judges work with the submission and selection committee to select pilots that best exemplify the spirit of independent television.