Chicken & Egg Pictures has already created a name for itself as a support system for female documentary filmmakers, and the films they have given grants to have covered a wide array of important American issues, from women’s rights to immigration, abortion and the underbelly of the cocaine trade. In that regard, Chicken & Egg Pictures have moved on to one of the most pressing dilemmas the United States is facing today — mass incarceration — by giving grants to two projects that put a spotlight on criminal justice.
Francesca Panetta and Lindsay Poulton’s “6X9: An Immersive Experience of Solitary Confinement” will be the first virtual reality project the accelerator undertakes. The project is part of the the organization’s call to empower women filmmakers and incorporate the nascent world of immersive digital storytelling.
They will also give a filmmaking grant to Lynn Novick’s newest project “College Behind Bars,” which seeks to explore the social, psychological and emotional hurdles that prisoners face during their enrollment in the Bard Prison Initiative, a program which allows prisoners to obtain their college degrees while serving their time.
While “6X9: An Immersive Experience of Solitary Confinement” and “College Behind Bars” have been named the Criminal Justice Grantees, Chicken & Egg Pictures have also given production grants to Lana Wilson’s “Last Call” and Anna Fitch, Arthur Pratt and Banker White’s “Survivors.” The former follows a Buddhist priest who uses a range of unorthodox methods to help desperate men and women re-discover the will to live, while the latter presents a portrait of Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak.