The Comedy Pitch Showcase presented by American High
The Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival and American High have invited emerging filmmakers to pitch their comedy film ideas to executives from production company, American High! Come see five young creatives pitch their funniest film concepts to seasoned film stakeholders, including Jeremy Garelick, and get on-the-spot feedback on their project and the grand prize!
The second half of the pitch will be open to the audience, so if you have a pitch idea, come prepared, as you may get a chance to pitch in front of the esteemed judges!
PANELISTS – MEET THE AMERICAN HIGH TEAM:
FOUNDER, WRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER
Through impactful storytelling, creative integrity and commercial appeal, Jeremy Garelick has become an industry leader, creating some of the most successful comedies ever.
Jeremy started in the mailroom at the Creative Artists Agency, before going on to work as assistant to legendary writer/director, Joel Schumacher on Tigerland, Bad Company, Phone Booth, and Veronica Guerin.
Jeremy made his feature screenplay debut with the Vince Vaughn vehicle The Break-Up and followed that by teaming up with Todd Phillips to pen the production draft of The Hangover, establishing himself as the go-to A-list comedy writer in Hollywood. In 2015 Jeremy directed his first feature film, The Wedding Ringer starring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad.
The last year has been a busy one for Jeremy. Between writing, directing, and show running his Netflix original limited series, Best. Worst. Weekend. Ever., and executive producing his YouTube Red original, Side Swiped, Jeremy also formed his own production company, American High. Staked with a $45 million film fund, American High has shot five indie comedies in Garelick’s recently acquired school-turned-studio in Syracuse, NY, including Big Time Adolescence, starring Pete Davidson, Jon Cryer, and Sydney Sweeney, which was recently invited to compete in dramatic competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
The company plans to shoot five more indie films in 2019. In addition, Jeremy will direct and produce a slate of three higher budget high school comedy features, also through his production company, American High. The projects will be shot simultaneously in Syracuse, New York, starting in the summer of 2019.
Michael Schade studied at Boston University, where he received a B.S. in Film and Television Production in 2014. Following college, Michael worked for several years as a political campaign and non-profit consultant before moving to Los Angeles to work with Jeremy Garelick and his newly formed production company, American High. After serving as Jeremy’s assistant on several projects, Michael began working as a co-producer on American High’s films, including Big Time Adolescence, which recently premiered in Sundance Film Festival’s 2019 US Dramatic Competition.
Will Phelps graduated from Chapman University with a B.A. in film production and shortly thereafter began his career at Paradigm Talent Agency, working in the physical production department. In early 2014, he joined Jeremy Garelick, working as his assistant for several projects before being promoted to creative executive. In 2017, American High was launched with Phelps tapped to produce their first five films. In 2018, Phelps participated in JFL’s staged reading series, featuring a television pilot he co-wrote.
Moderated By Nicole Stamp
TELEVISION HOST, ACTOR, DIRECTOR, WRITER
NICOLE STAMP is a television host, actor, director, and writer. Stamp has been both the host and director for "Inside Between"- a Netflix aftershow for CityTV, "AllianceLive" for Alliance films, and "The SPACE" for TVOntario, which won 2 Gemini Awards among 6 nominations. She has also hosted 6 seasons of the classic academic gameshow "Reach For The Top", and interviewed A-list Hollywood talent for the Toronto International Film Festival. Stamp's acting credits include roles on "The Handmaid's Tale", "In Contempt", "The Expanse", "Odd Squad", and "Carmilla", a Canadian Screen Award-winning webseries with over 70 million views on YouTube. Stamp has also voiced characters in 20+ cartoons, including titles for Jim Henson Company, CBC, Cartoon Network, and Disney XD, and plays a major motion-capture role in the videogame "Assassin's Creed Origins". As a writer, Stamp has worked on the new Peanuts series (a collaboration between DHX, Apple and NASA), written the educational kids' series "The Incredible Adventures of EnviroGirl" for TVOntario, and her essay, "What Decent Men Can Do After #MeToo" was shared over 70 thousand times on Facebook, then commissioned by CNN where it ranked among the top articles of 2017. Stamp lives in Toronto and holds a Guinness World Record for playing dodgeball for 36 hours without sleeping- an accomplishment she does not recommend.