Tribeca Enterprises and CHANEL have announced today the second annual Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program, which brings together industry support, artistic development and funding to assist and help new and emerging U.S.-based female writers and directors of short-form narrative films.
The program has selected five emerging female filmmakers to receive project support, and take part in master classes, one-on-one mentorship and peer-to-peer sessions during a three-day session at the end of this month. At the end of the program, each of the filmmakers will pitch her project to a jury of industry experts, and one filmmaker will be awarded full financing to produce her short film. The four other projects will each be awarded grant funds to continue the development of their films.
“We share with CHANEL the goal to bring to light the next generation of women storytellers,” said Tribeca Enterprises EVP Paula Weinstein of the announcement. “We are thrilled to be embarking, for the second year, on an intense three-day program created for these five extraordinary rising talents. They will be supported, guided and mentored by women who share with us the desire to foster the work of new women filmmakers.”
Check out the participants — and a little about their projects — below:
“Camp Moonlight,” written by Ani Simon-Kennedy. Away from home for the first time, Maggie is attending the only summer camp for children with a life-threatening sun allergy. When everyone goes for a celebratory night swim, she’s faced with a personal crisis. Ani Simon-Kennedy is a New York-based filmmaker.
“Displacement Therapy,” written by Joey Ally. A young married couple, trapped in the limbo of “baby up or split up,” is trying “Displacement Therapy,” a controversial new treatment that uses lookalike robots as vessels onto which to displace their feelings toward each other…by using them as literal punching bags. As communication shuts down, and bodies pile up, they are called to ask themselves whether it is the symptom or the cure that will kill them. Joey Ally is a writer/director and a 2016 fellow of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women.
“Feathers,” written by A.V. Rockwell. Eli, a volatile inner-city youth, creates havoc in his attempts to re-escape from the mysterious and crumbling juvenile detention center known as “The Mill.” When the repercussions become more dire than he can handle, Eli gains purpose and introspection on his troubled life. A.V. Rockwell is a Jamaican-American film, television and video director from Queens, New York.
“On the Outs,” written by Catherine Eaton. A wild agoraphobic from a backwater town in Louisiana travels to a hotel in New Orleans to work as a writer and is offered — ironically — a travel column. Terrified of open spaces and crowds and unable to leave the hotel, she realizes she can steal the stories of the hotel guests to keep the job and win the battle, if not the war, against her condition — all while throwing the lives of everyone around her into chaos. Catherine Eaton is a director, writer, actor and producer.
“The Quarry,” written by Sonejuhi Sinha. A gynecologist and abortion provider, Reese, practices in a remote town in America. When a threat emerges in town and Reese finds herself drawn into a rabbit hole of paranoia, she takes matters into her own hands. Sonejuhi Sinha is a director, producer, and editor working in both narrative and documentary storytelling.
The Leadership Committee participating in the program includes:
Producer Anne Carey
Actor Dakota Fanning
Director Tamara Jenkins
Writer/director/producer So Yong Kim
Actor/director Jennifer Westfeldt
Director/writer Shari Springer Berman
Actor/writer/producer Rashida Jones
Writer/director/producer Jenni Konner
Director Tanya Wexler
Producer Rachel Winter
Writer/director Sophie Barthes
Director/writer Catherine Hardwicke
Writers Janeika and JaSheika James
Executive producer Susan Cara Lewis
Writer/director Dee Rees
Producer Cathy Schulman
Master Class Advisors
Editor Sarah Flack
Co-producer Amy Herman
Composer Laura Karpman
Casting director Avy Kaufman
Costume designer Arianne Phillips
Director Shari Springer Berman