Courtesy of our sister site, Women and Hollywood, congratulations are in order for S&A contributor Cybel Martin, who is one of five women DPs to be selected as recipients of the first Digital Bolex Grant for Women Cinematographers.
Per Digital Bolex, Women cinematographers are one of the most underrepresented groups of technicians working in the film industry today, with a 2% employment rate, when considering the top 250 grossing films of 2013; compare that figure to 6% for directors – both certainly dismal!
And, in brief, the Digital Bolex Grant for Women Cinematographers is an initiative to help foster a film industry environment that’s inclusive of and embraces the contributions of women cinematographers. The grant offers approximately $10,000 worth of gear and accessories loaned on a rolling basis, to any narrative short, music video, or feature film project, that will be shot by a woman cinematographer.
The project Cybel was selected for, which she will shoot, is a feature film titled “D-DAY,” from Director Tamika R. Guishard, to be produced by Marquette C. Jones (both African American women, by the way). The story: “When three foster siblings from East Brooklyn encounter PTSD, childhood cancer and community residuals, they learn that hustling out of the crack epidemic was only the beginning… D-Day picks up where the 80’s epidemic left off by profiling three wards of the state in New York City.”
You’ll find the rest of the 5 grant recipients and their respective projects, on the Women and Hollywood blog here.
The initiative was launched last fall. Details of how to apply for future opportunities, can be found on the Digital Bolex website, here.