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THROUGH HER LENS: THE TRIBECA CHANEL WOMEN'S FILMMAKER PROGRAM RETURNS FOR THE FIFTH YEAR TO CHAMPION WOMEN FILMMAKERS

28/10/2019

October 28th, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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THROUGH HER LENS: THE TRIBECA CHANEL WOMEN'S FILMMAKER PROGRAM RETURNS FOR THE FIFTH YEAR TO CHAMPION WOMEN FILMMAKERS

Three-day program provides mentorship, project support and master classes for emerging women filmmakers, and awards $100,000 in grants

Leadership committee includes Sarah Jessica Parker, Alison Benson, Catherine Keener, Diane Kruger, Nicole Holofcener, Lesli Linka Glatter, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Julie Dash, Julie Taymor, Anne Carey, among others

NEW YORK, NY- October 28, 2019 - For the fifth year, THROUGH HER LENS: The Tribeca CHANEL Womens Filmmaker Program will create new opportunities for women filmmakers. Tribeca and CHANEL, in collaboration with Pulse Films and Tribeca Film Institute (TFI), founded THROUGH HER LENS in 2015 to provide industry support, artistic development, and funding to emerging U.S.-based female writers and directors. Participants will gather in New York City for the program's 5th edition, which will run November 4-6, 2019.

For the program this year, five pairs of women filmmakers have been selected to receive project support for their short narrative films. They will participate in the three-day immersive program with one-on-one mentorship, master classes around script-to-screen development, casting, music composition, costume design, producing, and directing. Additionally, they will work with mentors to shape and refine their projects and pitches. At the conclusion of the program, each pair will pitch their projects to a jury of industry experts. One team will receive full financing to produce their short film with support from Tribeca Studios. The four other projects will be awarded grant funds to support their films' development.

To date, past fully-funded project participants have achieved noteworthy successes including: A.V. Rockwells Feathers (2016), which was acquired by Fox Searchlight after it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Nikyatu Jusu's Suicide by Sunlight (2017), which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Last year's main recipient, filmmaker Suha Araj for her film ROSA, is currently in post-production.

THROUGH HER LENS has provided a platform for women filmmakers to tell the stories they long to tell, said Paula Weinstein, Chief Content Officer of Tribeca Enterprises. We've seen real opportunities created because of the program and we're proud to continue our partnership with CHANEL.

We're thrilled to enter the fifth year of this important partnership with Tribeca and CHANEL, said Amy Hobby, Executive Director of Tribeca Film Institute. This program's impact is undeniable - many projects supported by THROUGH HER LENS premiere at prominent film festivals around the world, and the creators go on to write, direct and produce award-winning films and series.

The 2019 Leadership Committee:

MASTER CLASS ADVISORS: actor/producerSarah Jessica Parker ( Sex and the City , Divorce )and producer Alison Benson ( Divorce , Here and Now), costume designer Ane Crabtree ( The Handmaid's Tale , The Last Thing He Wanted), editor Sabine Hoffman (Juliett Naked, The Glorias, Maggie's Plan), composer Laura Karpman(Why We Hate, Cotton Club Encore), casting director Laura Rosenthal (Carol, Unbelievable), and writer/director/producer Julie Taymor (Frida, Titus, Across the Universe).

JURORS: producer Dede Gardner (Moonlight, The Big Short), actor Diane Kruger (355, In the Fade), actor Gugu Mbatha-Raw( Black Mirror , Motherless Brooklyn), director Sam Taylor-Johnson (A Million Little Pieces, Nowhere Boy), and producer Paula Weinstein ( Grace and Frankie, The Perfect Storm, Recount).

MENTORS: producer Anne Carey (Can You Ever Forgive, 20th Century Women), director/producer Julie Dash(Daughters of The Dust, Rosa Parks), director/producer Lesli Linka Glatter ( Homeland, Mad Men , Now and Then),director/writer/producer Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said, Friends with Money), and actor Catherine Keener (Get Out, Kidding).

WRITING MENTORS: writer/director Semi Chellas ( Mad Men , American Woman), writer/director Tina Gordon (Little, Drumline),writer/producer Liz Hannah (Long Shot, The Post),writer/producer/director Aline Brosh McKenna( Crazy Ex-Girlfriend , The Devil Wears Prada),and writer/director Olivia Milch (Ocean's 8, Dude).

The 2019 Selected Projects and Filmmakers:

CHAMP: While traveling on a train through Texas for an away game, point guard Genevieve has an unwanted encounter with her high school basketball coach. Wielding her strategy and grit off the court, Genevieve finds a way to retaliate.

Hannah Peterson, Writer/Director

Hannah Peterson is a graduate of the MFA program in Film Directing at CalArts and has worked closely with filmmakers Sean Baker and Chlo Zhao. Filmmaker Magazine named Hannah as one of 25 new faces of independent film in 2018. Her film, East of the River, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and Slamdance Film Festival 2019 where Hannah was awarded the Russo Brothers Fellowship. Most recently, Hannah directed the Disney Channel series, Shook.

Taylor Shung, Producer Taylor Shung is a producer born and raised in New York City. She recently co-produced Nomadland, directed by Chloe Zhao, and Mickey and the Bear (SXSW), directed by Annabelle Attanasio. Her short films have played at prestigious festivals around the world, and most recently she produced Agua Viva, directed by Alexa Lim Haas, which won the 2018 SXSW Animated Shorts Grand Jury Prize. Taylor is a 2019 Sundance Creative Producing Fellow and a producer for Borscht Corp., a film and arts non-profit in Miami.

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