Pitch Black 2015: And the Winners Are . . .

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Last Thursday, April 23, the eight final teams from this year’s NBPC 360 incubator took the stage at the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space in downtown Manhattan. The producers had spent six weeks honing presentations for this special event: Pitch Black, an evening that spotlighted their ideas in front of a live audience and a panel of industry professionals.

Look in the Mirror, Do You See an American?

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America is overwhelming at first glimpse, everyone is talking faster, the houses and cars are suddenly bigger, and the sky seems more imposing somehow, the concept and physicality is just so vast. In “My Dear American” filmmaker Arpita Kumar dramatizes this beautifully using the intimate relationship between an Indian-American husband and wife who just moved to the suburbs.

Death Becomes Us, But Is It Funny?

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So in the end, is death funny? Well, we all process the aftermath of death differently, and we’re all children of cultures that have struggled with the question of how to honor the dead for eons, but the message of this wonderfully moving short is this – while we might all be strangers from the Internet to each other, we all understand the loss of death, even when we can’t explain it.