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THROUGH HER LENS: THE TRIBECA CHANEL WOMEN'S FILMMAKER PROGRAM

Tribeca and CHANEL continue to provide extraordinary opportunities to propel women filmmakers forward with the fourth annual THROUGH HER LENS: The Tribeca Chanel Women's Filmmaker Program. The mentorship program was created to provide a balance of industry support, artistic development, and funding for new and emerging U.S.-based female writers and directors of short-form narrative films.

Presented by Tribeca and CHANEL, in collaboration with Pulse Films, and facilitated by Tribeca Film Institute® (TFI), the multi-faceted program has selected five short film projects from women storytellers to receive project support, and take part in mentorship and master classes over a three day immersive program. On the last day, each of the five pairs of filmmakers will pitch their projects to a jury of industry experts. One filmmaker will be awarded full financing to produce their short film, along with the support of Tribeca Studios to make the project. Each of the other projects will each be awarded grant funds to continue developing their films.

From October 16 through 18, the filmmakers will gather in New York City with the mentor and program advisors for an in-depth, intimate program concentrating on script-to-screen development, casting, securing collaborators, and working with cinematographers, music composers, costume designers, and producers. The selected program participants will attend master classes and individual mentoring sessions with leading women in filmmaking, meet distributors, and spend concentrated time refining their pitching skills. During the summer, each filmmaker was given the opportunity to work with writing mentors to shape and refine her project.

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2018 Filmmakers

Kylah Benes-Trapp
(Co-Writer, Co-Director)
H-E-A-T-H-E-R

Kylah Benes-Trapp is a visual artist from California currently based in New York City. She works primarily in digital illustration, photography and graphic design and has recently started writing for film. Her work explores ideas of self-expression, femininity, identity and nostalgia. Her purpose is to create a world of possibility through her work that will inspire discovery.

Francesca Mirabella
(Co-Writer, Co-Director)
H-E-A-T-H-E-R

Francesca Mirabella is a writer and director who received her MFA from the NYU Tisch Graduate Film program, where she attended as a Dean's Fellow. Her shorts have screened at a range of festivals and were most recently featured at the Museum of Modern Art. In 2017, Mirabella won an NYU Wasserman Award for Best Screenplay. A 2017/18 Marcie Bloom Fellow, Mirabella is currently developing her feature Modern Love, which was awarded a Tribeca All Access® grant..

Laramie Dennis
(Writer, Director)
LIFE ON sMARS

Laramie Dennis attended Wesleyan University and spent 10 years in New York City developing and directing new plays before earning her MFA in Film and Television Production from USC. Her short films have screened at the Vancouver International Film Festival and Short Film Corner at Cannes and have also been presented and distributed by Boyish, Shorts International and Sprint. Her short-form animated series, The Golden Rule, is currently in production.

Jenna Cedicci
(Producer)
LIFE ON sMARS

Jenna Cedicci is an international feature film and commercial producer. She has developed and produced more than 75 commercials and five features to date, three slated for distribution in 2019: the documentary Fire on the Hill, a remake of the classic German film Nosferatu, and the narrative indie feature Daddy Issues.

Suha Araj
(Writer, Director)
ROSA

Suha Araj creates films that explore the displacement of immigrant communities. The Cup Reader, shot in Palestine, screened at the Tribeca Film Festival and was awarded The Next Great Filmmaker Award at the Berkshire International Film Festival and Baghdad International Film Festival. Araj followed with Pioneer High in 2015. She has received support for her work from the Sundance Film Festival, TorinoFilmLab, Independent Filmmaker Project, Berlinale Talent Project Market, Center for Asian American Media and Cine Qua Non Lab.

Maryam Keshavarz
(Producer)
ROSA

Maryam Keshavarz is a writer, director and producer whose short The Day I Died won the Gold Teddy and Jury Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival. Keshavarz’s first feature, Circumstance, won the Sundance Film Festival’s Audience Award and was distributed theatrically by Participant Media and Roadside Attractions. Her sophomore feature — Viper Club, starring Susan Sarandon — world premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and hits theaters this month.

Gabriella Moses
(Writer, Director)
EL TIMBRE DE SU VOZ

Gabriella Moses is director, writer, and production designer based in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She has received support for her work through the New York Women in Film & Television’s 2017 From Script to Pre-Production Workshop, Sundance Institute’s 2018 Screenwriters Intensive and 2018 TFI Network. Moses believes in sharing stories with underrepresented protagonists that push viewers' perceptions of identity and imagination.

Shruti Ganguly
(Producer)
EL TIMBRE DE SU VOZ

Shruti Ganguly is a filmmaker and the founder of honto88. She has directed numerous videos and is a recovering media executive, with roles at MTV, Condé Nast/Vogue and more recently at NYLON as the Vice President of TV & Video. Her films have been screened at the Sundance Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, and AFI Fest. Ganguly hails from India by way of Oman.

Jennifer Cho Suhr
(Writer, Director)
WHAT IS YOUR SOUL PURPOSE?

Jennifer Cho Suhr is a Brooklyn-based writer and director. She is developing her debut feature, You and Me Both, starring Constance Wu and selected for the Tribeca All Access® and Film Independent’s Producing Lab and Fast Track programs. Suhr earned her MFA from the NYU Tisch Graduate Film program, where she was awarded the Tisch Fellowship and a grant from the Spike Lee Film Production Fund.

Carolyn Mao
(Producer)
WHAT IS YOUR SOUL PURPOSE?

Carolyn Mao is a Los Angeles-based producer and former development executive. Nice,a pilot she produced by creator Naomi Ko and director by Andrew Ahn, premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. She is currently raising financing for You and Me Both. She is a fellow of Film Independent’s Project Involve, Producing Lab and Fast Track programs.

2018 Mentors

Kathryn Bigelow
(Director/Producer)

Courteney Cox
(Actor/Director/Producer)

Amy Hobby
(Producer and TFI Executive Director)

Stella Meghie
(Writer/Director)

Veena Sud
(Writer/Director/Executive Producer)

Christine Vachon
(Producer)

2018 Master Class Advisors

Stacey Battat
(Costume designer)

Ellen Chenoweth
(Casting Director)

Debra Granik
(Writer, Director)

Laura Karpman
(Composer)

Rachel Morrison
(Cinematographer)

2018 Writing Mentors

Stephanie Allain
(Producer)

Janine Sherman Barrios
(Writer/Executive Producer)

Susanna Fogel
(Writer/Director)

Jenny Lumet
(Writer)

Marti Noxon
(Writer/Executive Producer)

2018 Jurors

Dianna Argon
(Actor/Director)

Effie T. Brown
(Producer)

Cara Delevigne
(Actor)

Mary Harron
(Writer/Director)

Rachel Morrison
(Cinematographer)

Paula Weinstein
(Producer/EVP - Tribeca Enterprises)