Brendan McInerney

DX Student Pitch

Brendan McInerney is a documentary filmmaker and photographer living in New York City. His work has allowed him to learn about small, rural communities in Moldova, Colombia, Ireland and
the United States. He recently graduated from Columbia Journalism School’s documentary film specialization where he began working on Criminal Intelligence—a film about a wrongful arrest due to an erroneous facial recognition match. He, along with his filmmaking partner Sanjna Selva, directed, produced, shot and edited Spa City Revolutionary—a film about a Black Lives Matter activist facing surveillance by the FBI while organizing in Saratoga Springs, NY. Previously, he attended the Eddie Adams Workshop and the Missouri Photo Workshop. He has received support from the Queens Council on the Arts, the American Society of Media Professionals and
Skidmore’s MDOCs program. He also spent nine years working as assistant and lighting technician for photographers such as Diana Markosian, Jamel Shabazz and Bruce Gilden.

He cares deeply about individual agency. He seeks demonstrate the clouded and obstructed forces shaping our society—from algorithmic bias to white supremacy.

Participating Sessions


In today’s competitive market, learning how to effectively pitch your documentary is just as important as honing your writing and editing skills. And who better to learn from than the experts? Six college students enrolled in film and journalism programs across the U.S. will present their projects to a panel of industry professionals. Judith Helfand, independent filmmaker and co-founder of Chicken & Egg Pictures, will moderate and provide pitch training.