The inaugural “THROUGH HER LENS: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program” came to a close last night with the announcement of their first-ever grant recipient: “Hollidaysburg” director Anna Martemucci for her short “One Cambodian Family Please for My Pleasure.”
The intensive three-day workshop hosted seven female filmmakers who pitched new projects to a jury made up of actress Patricia Clarkson, writer/director Mary Harron, producer Mynette Louie, writer/director Rebecca Miller and actress Julianne Moore. As the winner of the program’s first grant, Martemucci will receive $75,000, along with production support from Pulse Films and Tribeca Digital Studios to bring her short film idea to realization.
Penned by Martemucci, “One Cambodian Family Please for my Pleasure” is a story about “a young mother living in the bleakest of American landscapes who seeks to help a refugee family despite her own hardships. Through this desire, she reveals truths about herself, America, and the nature of the word ‘freedom.'”
Of their pick, the jury commented, “This was an extraordinarily hard decision as there were so many wonderful stories. We went with the project whose world felt most realized to us. She knew that world. She felt that world and she made us feel it too.”
The other participants in the workshop included Kat Coiro, Roja Gashtili and Julia Lerman, Vera Miao, Numa Perrier and Christina Voros.
“It has been an inspiring three days working with these remarkable women to hone their concepts and pitches,” said Paula Weinstein, EVP of Tribeca Enterprises. “We congratulate Martemucci and thank all the filmmakers and industry advisors who came together to collaborate and shine a light on these essential female voices.”