Tribeca Enterprises and French luxury goods company Chanel, in collaboration with Pulse Films, are stepping up to support women filmmakers with the launch of Through Her Lens, a three-day program for seven U.S.-based female writers and directors. The inaugural edition, Oct. 26-28, features master classes,
one-on-one mentorship, and peer-to-peer sessions, culminating in a pitch presentation before a jury of industry experts where one
filmmaker will be awarded $75,000 to produce her project.
The program will cover a range of topics, such as script-to-screen development, story structure, casting, finding collaborators,
festival strategy, and distribution. This year’s jurors, mentors, master class instructors, and industry advisors include actor Patricia Clarkson (“Pieces of April”), writer/director Mary Harron (“American Psycho”), writer/director Rebecca Miller (“Maggie’s Plan”) actor Julianne Moore (“Freeheld”), writer/director Anna Boden (“Mississippi Grind”), actor/writer/producer Emily Mortimer (“Doll & Em”), writer/director Catherine Hardwicke (“Miss You Already”), and producer Christine Vachon (“Carol”), among others.
Check out the full list of participants in the first ever Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program:
“Jezebel,” written by Numa Perrier
In the last days of her mother’s life, Tanya, a young woman, crashes with five family members in a Las Vegas studio apartment. In order to make ends meet, her sister introduces her to the world of internet cam girls.
Numa Perrier is a Haitian-born actress, writer, and filmmaker. Perrier co-founded Black&Sexy TV in 2011, home to several popular series, including “The Couple”, currently in development at HBO, and “RoomieLoverFriends” on BET.
“The Last Shift,” written by Roja Gashtili and Julia Lerman
A young nurse grows obsessed with a locked door in the ward where she works, as a revolution unfolds beyond the hospital walls.
Roja Gashtili and Julia Lerman were 2014 fellows at AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women. Their short, “Rita Mahtoubian Is Not a Terrorist,” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The feature adaptation was selected for Sundance’s Creative Producing Labs.
“Ma,” written by Vera Miao
A seemingly “perfect” Chinese daughter, Mona loves her sternly loving Ma more than anything. But when a handsome neighbor moves in next door, Mona discovers just how far Ma will go to keep her home.
Vera Miao is an actor/filmmaker born to working-class immigrants from Taiwan. Her first feature, “Best Friends Forever,” is an apocalyptic road trip story, available on Hulu, Amazon, iTunes, and DVD.
“One Cambodian Family Please for My Pleasure,” written by Anna Martemucci
A young mother living in the bleakest of American landscapes seeks to help a refugee family despite her own hardships, and through her desire reveals truths about herself, America, and the nature of the word “freedom.”
Anna Martemucci is a filmmaker, writer, and actor. Her debut as a writer/director, the coming-of-age film “Hollidaysburg,” was honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
“Valentine,” written by Christina Voros
A runaway girl encounters a stranger in the West Texas desert. They secrets they keep will change the course of their lives forever.
Christina Alexandra Voros is a Brooklyn- and West Texas-based writer, director, producer, and cinematographer. Her film work has spanned the worlds of fashion, medicine, horsemanship, and pornography.
“Wig Shop,” written by Kat Coiro
“Wig Shop” is a dark comedy centered on an Orthodox Jewish woman who, over the course of getting her wigs styled, discovers that her African American hairdresser might be her husband’s lover. Based on the personal experiences of producer Jessica Neuman, the short explores a particular stretch of Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles where people from varied backgrounds co-exist, mingle and, sometimes, intertwine.
Kat Coiro is currently developing a semi-autobiographical comedy for ABC and adapting a novel by Victor LaValle into a series. Kat has previously directed three theatrically released features, including Tribeca competitor “While We Were Here.”