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Chanel and Tribeca Enterprises are hoping to help put more women behind the camera, with the help of Julianne Moore, Patricia Clarkson, Catherine Hardwicke, Emily Mortimer, Rebecca Miller, Donna Gigliotti and Leslye Headland.
The two entities announced Thursday the launch of Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program, a workshop to support emerging U.S.-based female writers and directors of short-form narrative films.
The three-day workshop – taking place Oct. 26-28, in collaboration with Pulse Films and supported by Tribeca Film Institute — will provide seven female filmmakers with project support, master classes and one-on-one mentorship. It will cover a range of topics, including script to screen development, story structure, casting, finding collaborators, festival strategy and distribution.
The inaugural workshop’s jurors include 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) and actor Julianne Moore (Freeheld, Still Alice).
Among the mentors are 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) and actor/writer/producer Emily Mortimer (Doll & Em, Hugo).
Masterclass teachers are 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) and producer Lydia Pilcher (Darjeeling Limited, The Talented Mr. Ripley).
Industry advisors include 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), and producer Maria Zuckerman (Bessie).
“As women we have been underrepresented in the stories that are written, produced, and directed. We need to support one another and I am proud that with Chanel we can cultivate, support, and empower women storytellers,” said Jane Rosenthal, CEO of Tribeca Enterprises and Co-Founder of TFI, in a statement.
See the seven filmmakers and their projects below.
Jezebel (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 (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 (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 (Hulu/Amazon/iTunes and DVD). She’s excited about several, not-your-typical projects in development.
One Cambodian Family Please for My Pleasure (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 unanimously praised by top film critics and its screenplay was honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
Valentine (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 equally diverse worlds of fashion, medicine, horsemanship and pornography.
Wig Shop (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.
Oct. 22, 9:25 a.m. A previous version of this article incorrectly included Tribeca Film Institute as a presenting entity, instead of Tribeca Enterprises. THR regrets the error.
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