Tribeca, Chanel Recruit Dakota Fanning, Rashida Jones for Women's Filmmaker Workshop
Shari Springer Berman, Jenni Konner and Catherine Hardwicke also are among those participating in the second annual three-day workshop.
Tribeca Enterprises and Chanel’s second women’s filmmaker program is calling on Dakota Fanning, Rashida Jones, Anne Carey, Jenni Konner, Jennifer Westfeldt, Catherine Hardwicke and Rachel Winter.
The three-day workshop — titled Through Her Lens and presented in collaboration with Pulse Films and supported by Tribeca Film Institute — will provide five female filmmakers with project support, master classes and one-on-one mentorship. Taking place Oct. 25-27 in New York City, it will cover a range of topics, including script-to-screen development, story structure, casting, finding collaborators, festival strategy, distribution and working with music composers, costume designers and editors.
This year’s participating jurors are producer Carey (20th Century Women, The Diary of a Teenage Girl), actor Fanning (American Pastoral, Night Moves), director Tamara Jenkins (The Savages, Slums of Beverly Hills), writer/director/producer So Yong Kim (Lovesong, Treeless Mountain) and actor/director Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein, Friends With Kids).
Mentors include director/writer Shari Springer Berman (10,000 Saints, American Splendor), actor/writer/producer Jones (Angie Tribeca, Black Mirror), writer/director/producer Konner (Girls), director Tanya Wexler (Hysteria) and producer Winter (Dallas Buyers Club).
Writing mentors are writer/director Sophie Barthes (Madame Bovary), director/writer Hardwicke (Miss You Already, Thirteen), writers Janeika and JaSheika James (Empire), executive producer Susan Cara Lewis (Pariah; Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete), writer/director Dee Rees (Pariah, Bessie) and producer Cathy Schulman (Crash, The Illusionist).
Master class advisors are editor Sarah Flack (Lost In Translation, The Limey), co-producer Amy Herman (Noah, The Wizard of Lies), composer Laura Karpman (Paris Can Wait, Underground), casting director Avy Kaufman (The Bourne Ultimatum, Life of Pi); costume designer Arianne Phillips (Nocturnal Animals, Walk the Line) and director Springer Berman.
Last year’s fund recipient, Wig Shop, directed by Kat Coiro (L!fe Happens, And While We’re Here), recently premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival. During the inaugural program, Coiro met program mentor and actress/producer Emily Mortimer (Shutter Island, Match Point), who went on to star in the film and serve as one of its producers alongside Lauren Bratman, Lizzie Nastro, Alessandro Nivola, Coiro and co-writer Jessica Neuman.
“We share with Chanel the goal to bring to light the next generation of women storytellers,” said Tribeca Enterprises executive vp Paula Weinstein. “We are thrilled to be embarking, for the second year, on an intense three-day program created for these five extraordinary rising talents. They will be supported, guided and mentored by women who share with us the desire to foster the work of new women filmmakers.”
One filmmaker will be awarded full financing to produce her short film, along with the support of Tribeca Studios and Pulse Films to make the project, and the four other projects will each be awarded grant funds to continue the development of their films. The selected projects and filmmakers participating are below.
Camp Moonlight (Ani Simon-Kennedy)
Away from home for the first time, Maggie is attending the only summer camp for children with a life-threatening sun allergy. When everyone goes for a celebratory night swim, she’s faced with a personal crisis.
Ani Simon-Kennedy is a New York-based filmmaker. She founded her production company Bicephaly Pictures with cinematographer Cailin Yatsko. Simon-Kennedy wrote and directed her first feature film Days of Gray in Iceland. She is currently in development on her second feature, The Short History of the Long Road.
Displacement Therapy (Joey Ally)
A young married couple, trapped in the limbo of "baby up or split up," is trying "Displacement Therapy," a controversial new treatment that uses look-alike robots as vessels onto which to displace their feelings toward each other ... by using them as literal punching bags. As communication shuts down and bodies pile up, they are called to ask themselves whether it is the symptom or the cure that will kill them.
Joey Ally is a writer/director and a 2016 fellow of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women. Her films have screened internationally including at Sundance, NBCUniversal Shortsfest and Lunafest, and she won WME | IMG’s Video of the Year 2015. Her short film Partners recently debuted online with Vimeo Premieres.
Feathers (A.V. Rockwell)
Eli, a volatile inner-city youth, creates havoc in his attempts to re-escape from the mysterious and crumbling juvenile detention center known as “The Mill.” When the repercussions become more dire than he can handle, Eli gains purpose and introspection on his troubled life.
A.V. Rockwell is a Jamaican-American film, television and video director from Queens, New York. Her most recent work, The Gospel, a short film commissioned by singer/songwriter Alicia Keys, premiered at a special event during the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016.
On the Outs (Catherine Eaton)
A wild agoraphobic from a backwater town in Louisiana travels to a hotel in New Orleans to work as a writer and is offered — ironically — a travel column. Terrified of open spaces and crowds and unable to leave the hotel, she realizes she can steal the stories of the hotel guests to keep the job and win the battle, if not the war, against her condition — all while throwing the lives of everyone around her into chaos.
Catherine Eaton is a director, writer, actor and producer. Catherine’s debut feature, The Sounding — starring Teddy Sears, Frankie Faison, Harris Yulin and Erin Darke — will premiere in 2017. Eaton is developing two series for television, both finalists for the Sundance Labs. She has performed on Broadway and on screen.
The Quarry (Sonejuhi Sinha)
A gynecologist and abortion provider, Reese, practices in a remote town in America. When a threat emerges in town and Reese finds herself drawn into a rabbit hole of paranoia, she takes matters into her own hands.
Sonejuhi Sinha is a director, producer and editor working in both narrative and documentary storytelling. Her narrative short film, Love Comes Later, premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival and screened at over 50 film festivals internationally, garnering several awards. She was selected for Shoot's New Director's Showcase at the DGA, is the recipient of a Tribeca All Access grant and recently participated in Semaine De La Critique's development lab, Next Step, in Paris with her feature script Love Comes Later.