Chicken & Egg Pictures, the only nonprofit film fund dedicated to women’s documentaries, will present its 2014 Good Egg Award to Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Lesli Klainberg and Eugene Hernandez.
Klainberg, the FSLC’s Executive Director, and Hernandez, its Deputy Director, will be honored on September 15 during Chicken and Egg’s Annual Independent Film Week Celebration. Two of C&E’s grantees — Ramona Diaz’s The Bill and Lyric Cabral and David Feliz Sutcliffe’s (T)error — will participate in the Independent Film Week Project Forum.
The Good Egg Award recognizes leaders in the independendent and documentary film community. In a statement, C&E described Klainberg and Hernandez’s contributions as follows:
“Klainberg has an incredible record, across more than two decades, not only through her work at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and as Executive Director of NewFest, New York’s LGBT Film Festival, but as a producer and director of acclaimed independent documentaries. She has also worked as a Consulting Producer for the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program and was Co-Leader of IFP’s Documentary Lab for three years.
“Hernandez has made tremendous contributions with his work at Indiewire, which he co-founded and led as Editor-in-Chief, and involvement with a host of documentary programs and festivals including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sundance Documentary Fund, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, and many more.”
Since its founding in 2005, Chicken & Egg has supported more than 170 film projects with over $3 million in grants and 5,000 hours in mentorship.
Here are the descriptions of The Bill and (T)error, courtesy of C&E:
The Bill is set in the Philippines, one of the world’s poorest and most populous countries, and it struggles with reproductive health policy. The Reproductive Health Bill guarantees access to contraception, maternal care, and sex education in schools. In a country where 85% of the population is Catholic, there is unrelenting opposition from the formidable Church. Nowhere are the stakes more starkly apparent than in Fabella Memorial Hospital, one of the busiest maternity public hospitals in the world. The film intercuts between the legislature and Fabella Hospital — contrasting the sluggish pace of policy development, as lawmakers parse the language of the RH Bill, and the rampant speed of childbirth, as the hospital’s whiteboard tracks the day’s deliveries. The story is told by legislators, patients, and hospital workers through a combination of immersive scenes of the hospital and footage of the Senate hearings.
(T)error is the first film to document an active FBI counterterrorism sting operation, featuring unprecedented, real-time access to the investigation’s central players. The film captures the dramatic aftermath that occurs when the target of the investigation realizes he is being set up by an FBI informant. Interweaving this story with a penetrating look at the government’s broader counterterrorism campaign, the film aims to demystify the nature of America’s terrorist threat, and to illuminate the political and ethical complexities of our country’s quest to protect the homeland.