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Tribeca and Chanel Launch Emerging Writer-Director Program for Female Filmmakers

Tribeca and Chanel Launch Emerging Writer-Director Program for Female Filmmakers

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Tribeca Enterprises and Chanel have created a brand new program called Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program, a multi-faceted, three-day program designed to support emerging U.S.-based female writers and directors of short-form narrative films.

The program is presented by Tribeca and Chanel in collaboration with Pulse Films, and facilitated by Tribeca Film Institute (TFI). It will discover and empower seven rising filmmakers with project support, master classes, one-on-one mentorship and peer-to-peer sessions. The dynamic program will culminate with a pitch presentation before a jury of industry experts where one filmmaker will be awarded $75,000 to make her film with the support of Pulse Films and Tribeca Digital Studios to produce the project.

“As women we have been underrepresented in the stories that are written, produced, and directed,” said Jane Rosenthal, CEO of Tribeca Enterprises and Co-Founder of TFI. “We need to support one another and I am proud that with Chanel we can cultivate, support, and empower women storytellers.”

The Leadership Committee for the inaugural year includes jurors:

Actor Patricia Clarkson (“Learning To Drive,” “Pieces of April”)
Director/writer Mary Harron (“I Shot Andy Warhol,” “American Psycho”)
Producer Mynette Louie (“Land Ho!,” “The Invitation”)
Director/writer Rebecca Miller (“Maggie’s Plan,” “The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee”)
Actor Julianne Moore (“Freeheld,” “Still Alice”)

The Leadership Committee for the inaugural year includes mentors:

Writer/director Anna Boden (“Mississippi Grind,” “Half Nelson”)
Writer/producer Debora Cahn (“Vinyl,” “West Wing”)
Director/writer Leslye Headland (“Bachelorette,” “Sleeping with Other People”)
Producer Donna Gigliotti (“Silver Linings Playbook,” “Shakespeare In Love”)
Producer Riva Marker (“Beasts of No Nation,” “The Kids Are All Right”)
Actor/writer/producer Emily Mortimer (“Doll & Em,” “Hugo”)

The Leadership Committee for the inaugural year includes masterclass teachers:

Producer Celia Costas (“Angels In America,” “Charlie Wilson’s War”)
Director/writer Catherine Hardwicke (“Miss you Already,” “Thirteen”)
Casting director Ellen Lewis (“Boardwalk Empire,” “The Wolf Of Wall Street”)
Producer Lydia Pilcher (“Darjeeling Limited,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley”)

The Leadership Committee for the inaugural year includes industry advisors:

Producer Amy Hobby (“Secretary,” “Lucky Them”)
Casting director Meghan Rafferty (“Louie,” “The Leftovers”)
Producer Jane Rosenthal (“Meet the Parents,” “Wag the Dog”)
Producer Christine Vachon (“Carol,” “I’m Not There”)
Producer Paula Weinstein (“The Perfect Storm,” “Grace and Frankie”)
Producer Maria Zuckerman (“Bessie”).

These are the selected projects and filmmakers:

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.'”

“Valentine” written by Christina Voros: “A runaway girl encounters a stranger in the West Texas desert. The secrets they keep will change the course of their lives forever.”

“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.”

The inaugural program takes place October 26-28.

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