12:18pm PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
Sarah Treem, Lesli Linka Glatter Join New Mentor Program for Female Writers and Directors
Women in Hollywood are joining forces.
Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland), Mimi Leder (The Leftovers), Kasi Lemmons (Eves Bayou), Betty Thomas (Private Parts), Sarah Treem (The Affair) and other female leaders in the industry are partnering with Indigenous Media — a media company formed by filmmakers Jon Avnet, Rodrigo Garcia and Jake Avnet — to serve as mentors for upcoming women writers and directors.
The initiative, which is focused on producing dramatic series helmed by women, is a partnership with Women In Film Los Angeles, the Producers Guild of America’s Women’s Impact Network, the Women’s Project Lab, the Alliance of Women Directors, the Kilroys and the Lillys. Together, the organization will identify candidates for Made By Women by each hand selecting three candidates. Indigenous Media will then narrow down the list and assign them to mentors. Based on the writing samples, each mentor will select a final candidate.
The mentors will guide their mentees through the process of creating a pilot script for their series, and then Indigenous Media will finance a short based on each mentor pairs’ script with the potential to produce and fund a full-length version.
"We are fortunate to have five incredibly talented women to launch Made By Women, our female centric incubator. Their skills and mentoring will be invaluable in assisting young storytellers to have their visions realized," said Jon Avnet. "Women are an appalling minority when it comes to serving as directors and show runners. We hope this initiative will, in some small but concrete way, begin to rectify this situation."
"Women’s voices are incredibly valuable in the storytelling process, as evidenced by the work of our mentors. We have collaborated with many of them in the past and are honored they have joined forces with us for this project," added Garcia.
Made By Women marks the second Indigenous incubator program. The first was a partnership with actor Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games, The Kids are All Right) and Michelle Hutcherson. Powered by the Black List, it was specifically designed to discover and mentor emerging filmmakers. Over 2000 scripts were evaluated during the submission period, resulting in 222 scripts which met the basic criteria. The five whose shorts will be funded will soon be announced.
The Avnets and Garcia will also serve as mentors as well as producers.