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Sloan Pilots at the North Fork TV Festival

The sixth annual North Fork TV Festival celebrates independent television in Greenport, New York, from August 4 to 6. As part of a developing partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, two hour-long, science-themed TV pilots have been selected to participate in the Festival's innaugural Pitch Forum. Each project centers on women's reproductive rights.

IN VITRO VERITAS, an hour-long dramedy series written by Catherine Loerke, centers on a brilliant control-freak fertility doctor struggling to become pregnant when she discovers an experimental IVF treatment. She must enlist the Differently Fertile Support Group to learn empathy for the first time in her life, and take on her toughest patient yet: herself.

PUSH IT!, written by Mirella Christou, is the story of under-the-radar women’s rights activist Katharine Dexter McCormick, who fought an uphill battle to finance and orchestrate the creation of the birth control pill. PUSH IT! is conceived as an hour-long historical drama series.

Christou and Loerke will present a five-minute pitch on August 6 in front of an industry panel and receive feedback. There will be one winner chosen from the five projects pitching at the forum.

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