Tribeca, Chanel Women's Filmmaker Workshop Funds Its Winning Short Film
Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Westfeldt, Anne Carey, Tamara Jenkins and So Yong Kim selected 'Feathers' by A.V. Rockwell.
Tribeca Enterprises and Chanel’s second women’s filmmaker program Through Her Lens concluded Thursday, and awarded full funding to one director to complete their proposed short film.
Feathers by A.V. Rockwell was selected by the jury to receive the production grant, along with production support from Pulse Films and Tribeca Studios. The short centers on Eli, a volatile inner-city youth, who 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.
Additionally, the four other writer/directors in the three-day intensive — Joey Ally, Catherine Eaton, Ani Simon-Kennedy and Sonejuhi Sinha — each received a development grant to support continued work on their respective films to bring them closer to production. In total, $100,000 in filmmaker grants was awarded between the five projects.
The filmmakers pitched their projects to a jury that included producer Anne Carey (20th Century Women, The Diary of a Teenage Girl), actor Dakota 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).
Through Her Lens provided five female filmmakers with project support, master classes and one-on-one mentorship. Taking place Oct. 25-27 in New York City, it will covered 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.
"It has been a remarkable three days working with these exciting new filmmakers," said Paula Weinstein, EVP of Tribeca Enterprises. "We congratulate A.V. and thank all the filmmakers and industry advisors who gave their time to support the projects and creators selected for our program and put a spotlight on these essential female voices."