Chanel taps Annette Bening and Patty Jenkins for Through Her Lens – The Hollywood Reporter
Tribeca and Chanel have their next collaboration in sight, Through Her Lens.
Founded in 2015 by Tribeca and Chanel and in collaboration with Pulse Films, the mentorship program provides industry support, artistic development and funding to emerging women and non-binary writers and directors based in the United States, while hosting finalists, industry jurors and mentors for in-person events, workshops, classes and peer-to-peer sessions.
The partners today announced the names of its 2022 steering committee. It is made up of jurors, mentors and masterclass participants. Jury members include actress and director Jennifer Morrison, producer Bonnie Hammer, actress Alexandra Shipp, producer Paula Weinstein and actor Thuso Mbedu.
Mentors include Annette Bening, writer and showrunner Annie Weisman, producer Effie Brown, producer Haifaa Al-Mansour and producer Maria Zuckerman. Writing mentors include writer Becky Johnston, producer Kelly Carmichael, writer and showrunner Angela Kang, writer and showrunner Deepa Mehta, and writer Jennifer Kaytin Robinson.
Masterclass sessions will be led by filmmakers Karyn Kusama and Patty Jenkins, writer and producer Courtney Kemp, composer Laura Karpman, casting director Carmen Cuba and editor Claudia Castello.
“Now more than ever, the unique perspectives of women must be at the center of filmmaking,” said Tribeca co-founder and CEO Jane Rosenthal. “Tribeca’s core belief is that art can change the world, and our longstanding partnership with Chanel will pave the way for wider audiences to celebrate the power of storytelling through the lens of female, non-binary filmmakers. .”
As part of the news of the day, Tribeca and Chanel drew the curtain on the participants whose projects were selected. They will work with mentors to shape and refine their projects and presentations, and at the end, each pair will present their projects to the aforementioned jury members. One team will receive full funding to produce a short film with support from Tribeca Studios. Four other projects will receive grants to support development.
This year’s class includes the participants below and their projects.
Ground: In the wilderness of pre-contact Montana, young Kóónssko struggles to support his starving family after the death of his father. When an unmanned canoe takes him to a mystical village downstream, he must decide if the promise of new love is worth it.
Crew: Writer-director Maya Rose Dittloff, producer Aubrey Campbell
Ground: Sardonic Jules, 28, has been sober for a year, but she keeps throwing up fish. Struggling to get her life back on track, she must stay in control when a fish enthusiast unexpectedly enters her life.
Crew: Writer-director Wendi Tang, producer Hongwei Wu
Return home and departure
Ground: A woman welcomes a childhood friend from Hong Kong into her London home, showing her around the neighborhood before handing over the keys. The story of one woman’s first day and another’s last, where the lines between stranger and familiar blur.
Crew: Writer-director Kristie Ko, producer Merissa Jane Lee
The last rain cloud of summer
Ground: Mimisworld997, a user of an online forum for trans women, stumbles upon a hidden archive of videos from two recently active users, who seem to have suddenly disappeared.
Crew: Writer-director Faye Ruiz, producer Kate Gondwe
The Queen, the Knight and the Witch
Ground: On the eve of her 35th birthday, Amber must convince her sexual partner to engage in unorthodox foreplay, through a medieval fantasy audiobook, to overcome her anxiety about skin-to-skin contact.
Crew: Writer-director Letia Solomon, producer Krenée Alisha Tolson