THROUGH HER LENS: THE TRIBECA CHANEL WOMEN’S FILMMAKER PROGRAM RETURNS FOR THE FIFTH YEAR TO CHAMPION WOMEN FILMMAKERS
Three-day program provides mentorship, project support and master classes for emerging women filmmakers, and awards $100,000 in grants
Leadership committee includes Sarah Jessica Parker, Alison Benson,
Catherine Keener, Diane Kruger, Nicole Holofcener, Lesli Linka Glatter, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Julie Dash, Julie Taymor, Anne Carey, among others
For the program this year, five pairs of women filmmakers have been selected to receive project support for their short narrative films. They will participate in the three-day immersive program with one-on-one mentorship, master classes around script-to-screen development, casting, music composition, costume design, producing, and directing. Additionally, they will work with mentors to shape and refine their projects and pitches. At the conclusion of the program, each pair will pitch their projects to a jury of industry experts. One team will receive full financing to produce their short film with support from Tribeca Studios. The four other projects will be awarded grant funds to support their films’ development.
To date, past fully-funded project participants have achieved noteworthy successes including: A.V. Rockwell’s Feathers (2016), which was acquired by Fox Searchlight after it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Nikyatu Jusu’s Suicide by Sunlight (2017), which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Last year’s main recipient, filmmaker Suha Araj for her film ROSA, is currently in post-production.
“THROUGH HER LENS has provided a platform for women filmmakers to tell the stories they long to tell,” said Paula Weinstein, Chief Content Officer of Tribeca Enterprises. “We’ve seen real opportunities created because of the program and we’re proud to continue our partnership with CHANEL.”
“We’re thrilled to enter the fifth year of this important partnership with Tribeca and CHANEL,” said Amy Hobby, Executive Director of Tribeca Film Institute. “This program’s impact is undeniable – many projects supported by THROUGH HER LENS premiere at prominent film festivals around the world, and the creators go on to write, direct and produce award-winning films and series.”
- MASTER CLASS ADVISORS: actor/producer Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City, Divorce) and producer Alison Benson (Divorce, Here and Now), costume designer Ane Crabtree (The Handmaid’s Tale, The Last Thing He Wanted), editor Sabine Hoffman (Juliett Naked, The Glorias, Maggie’s Plan), composer Laura Karpman (Why We Hate, Cotton Club Encore), casting director Laura Rosenthal (Carol, Unbelievable), and writer/director/producer Julie Taymor (Frida, Titus, Across the Universe).
- JURORS: producer Dede Gardner (Moonlight, The Big Short), actor Diane Kruger (355, In the Fade), actor Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Black Mirror, Motherless Brooklyn), director Sam Taylor-Johnson (A Million Little Pieces, Nowhere Boy), and producer Paula Weinstein (Grace and Frankie, The Perfect Storm, Recount).
- MENTORS: producer Anne Carey (Can You Ever Forgive, 20th Century Women), director/producer Julie Dash (Daughters of The Dust, Rosa Parks), director/producer Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland, Mad Men, Now and Then), director/writer/producer Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said, Friends with Money), and actor Catherine Keener (Get Out, Kidding).
- WRITING MENTORS: writer/director Semi Chellas (Mad Men, American Woman), writer/director Tina Gordon (Little, Drumline), writer/producer Liz Hannah (Long Shot, The Post), writer/producer/director Aline Brosh McKenna (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Devil Wears Prada), and writer/director Olivia Milch (Ocean’s 8, Dude).
CHAMP: While traveling on a train through Texas for an away game, point guard Genevieve has an unwanted encounter with her high school basketball coach. Wielding her strategy and grit off the court, Genevieve finds a way to retaliate.
- Hannah Peterson, Writer/Director
- Taylor Shung, Producer
COCHE BOMBA: Twelve-year-old Rosa loves aliens and hates everything else, including her annoying little sister Lu. When a car bomb detonates while she’s babysitting, Rosa must bring her sister to safety by convincing her that aliens have arrived to greet them.
- Kantu Lentz, Writer/Director
- Roja Gashtili, Producer
KEEP IT TOGETHER: Beirut, Lebanon, 1976. May defies the terror of the civil war on a daily basis. Today, she risks her safety on a sniper-controlled street to save a cherished item left behind: her deceased grandmother’s sandals.
- Bane Fakih, Writer/Director
- Birgit Gernboeck, Producer
MELISSA: Over the course of her summer fellowship, queer theater director Cleo becomes the unwilling object of desire for her boss ? a married woman.
- Charlotte T. Martin, Writer
- Cynthia Silver, Director
OVER AND OVER: Evelyn is seeing troubling visions: technology infecting our food supply, wires growing out of her body, and the resurrection of creatures which humanity long rendered extinct. Everyone assures Evelyn she’s fine, but she knows she is either mentally ill or humanity’s savior. She just can’t be certain which.
- Laura Moss, Writer/Director
- Mali Elfman, Producer
For the past 15 years, CHANEL and Tribeca’s ongoing partnership has supported and created new opportunities to give voice to the next generation of women filmmakers. In addition to THROUGH HER LENS, Tribeca and CHANEL partner on The Nora Ephron Award, which has awarded $25K annually since 2013 to exceptional women filmmakers who embody the spirit of the late filmmaker. Past recipients include: Meera Menon (Farah Goes Bang), Talya Lavie (Zero Motivation), Laura Bispuri (Sworn Virgin), Rachel Tunnard (Adult Life Skills), Petra Volpe (The Divine Order), Nia DaCosta (Little Woods), and Rania Attieh (Initials S.G.) from this past year.
The world of film, from its boldest directors and most talented actors, has been intrinsically linked to the history of CHANEL since its inception. House founder and visionary Gabrielle Chanel worked with the leading filmmakers of her time, drawing inspiration from and supporting her fellow creative peers. Her legacy of fostering creativity lives on through CHANEL’s dedication to the art of film, which is expressed through programs such as THROUGH HER LENS and the brand?s other long-standing film partnerships.
The Tribeca Film Festival has been a champion of women filmmakers and has reached gender parity in programming over the last few years. THROUGH HER LENS: The Tribeca CHANEL Women’s Filmmaker Program – an ongoing iteration of Tribeca’s commitment to providing a platform for new artistic voices – continues to provide resources to help empower emerging women storytellers in the industry. The Tribeca Film Institute, Tribeca’s nonprofit affiliate, supports female filmmakers through, among other initiatives, its cornerstone grant and mentorship program, Tribeca All Access. Currently in its 17th year, the program supports scripted, documentary and interactive storytellers from diverse communities, including those that are statistically underrepresented in the industry. Tribeca actively cultivates independent voices in storytelling and has been at the forefront of supporting women filmmakers.