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Tribeca, Chanel Launch Women’s Filmmaker Program, Including $75,000 Award

The first ever Through Her Lens  3 day mentor program just wrapped up! It is a new initiative from Tribeca, which is by invitation only for filmmaker who have already made one film. It offers seven rising filmmakers project support, masterclasses, one-on-one mentorship and peer-to-peer sessions. At the end all seven get to pitch and compete for the $75,000 grant. Go Tribeca for continuing to empower female filmmakers, and for Chanel to get involved! 

Isn’t it just wonderful that gender equality is such a sexy topic at the moment! That’s actually what will guarantee that we will really change the industry, because everyone and their mother is hoping on the band wagon! I YES, keep it going!



$75,000 grant has been awarded to one filmmaker for production support from Pulse Films and Tribeca Digital Studios.

It has been said a million times, but it unquestionably bears repeating: now is the time to discover, support, and empower women filmmakers.

With that message in mind, Tribeca Enterprises and CHANEL have announced the recipient of production funds for THROUGH HER LENS: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program at a cocktail reception this evening in Tribeca.

Seven filmmakers pitched their projects to a jury comprised of actresses Patricia Clarkson and Julianne Moore, writer-directors Mary Harron and Rebecca Miller, and producer Mynette Louie.

One Cambodian Family Please for My Pleasure written by Anna Martemucci was selected to receive $75,000 grant to produce her film along with support from Pulse Films and Tribeca Digital Studios.

“It has been an inspiring three days working with these remarkable women to hone their concepts and pitches,” said Paula Weinstein, EVP of Tribeca Enterprises. “We congratulate Anna Martemucci and thank all the filmmakers and industry advisors who came together to collaborate and shine a light on these essential female voices.”

“I felt incredible support and acceptance all three days,” said Martemucci.

The announcement concludes a dynamic three-day program, presented by Tribeca and CHANEL, in collaboration with Pulse Films, and facilitated by Tribeca Film Institute® (TFI), which offered project support, master classes, one-on-one mentorship, and peer-to-peer sessions. The seven women writers/directors that were selected for the program were Kat Coiro (Wig Shop), Roja Gashtili and Julia Lerman (The Last Shift), Anna Martemucci (One Cambodian Family Please for My Pleasure), Vera Miao (MA), Numa Perrier (Jezebel), and Christina Voros (Valentine).

The Leadership Committee for the inaugural year, in addition to the jury, included mentors such as writer-director Anna Boden (Mississippi Grind, Half Nelson), writer-producer Debora Cahn (Vinyl, The West Wing), producer Donna Gigliotti (Silver Linings Playbook, Shakespeare In Love), writer-director Leslye Headland (Bachelorette, Sleeping with Other People), producer Riva Marker (Beasts of No Nation, The Kids Are All Right), actor/writer/producer Emily Mortimer (Doll & Em, Hugo); master class teachers including producer Celia Costas (Angels In America, Charlie Wilson’s War), writer-director Catherine Hardwicke (Miss You Already, Thirteen), casting director Ellen Lewis (Boardwalk Empire, The Wolf Of Wall Street), producer Lydia Pilcher (The Darjeeling Limited, The Talented Mr. Ripley); as well as industry advisors like producer Amy Hobby (Secretary, Lucky Them), casting director Meghan Rafferty (Louie, The Leftovers), producer Jane Rosenthal (Meet the Parents, Wag the Dog), producer Christine Vachon (Carol, I’m Not There), producer Paula Weinstein (The Perfect Storm, Grace and Frankie), and HBO Films’ Maria Zuckerman.

For more than a decade, Tribeca has been dedicated to nurturing independent voices in storytelling, and in recent years has broadened its support of women filmmakers with awards such as the Nora Ephron Prize. THROUGH HER LENS: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program continues this commitment to developing female artistic voices and providing resources to help them establish sustainable careers. TFI, the nonprofit affiliate of Tribeca, has supported female filmmakers through its cornerstone grant and mentorship program, Tribeca All Access®, since the organization’s inception. The program, now in its thirteenth year, supports scripted, documentary, and interactive storytellers from communities that are statistically underrepresented in the industry. Last year, four of the five scripted grantees of the program were women.

Big City Dating Advice From Some of Our Favorite NYC Movies

I just love this witty and also very insightful article from Tribeca by MATT BARONE. For any of you out there, who have been single and dated in the big city this will sound too familiar and make you chuckle. For the rest of you, it will also put a smile on your face simply remembering those films and how spot on, yet humorous, they are about dating ;) 



Being single in NYC can be intimidating. That’s where the city’s rich history of movie dating scenes comes into play.

Ask anyone who’s tried: finding the right person to settle down with in New York City is thankless at best, but mostly agonizing. If any given single New Yorker’s efforts were turned into a movie, the working title title would be Mission: Impossible – Ego Deflation.

Another possible title: The Nightmare Before

The city is a sprawling metropolis that’s occupied by millions of people, yet it’s apparently forever lacking in suitable mates for the solo men and women who spend their summer afternoons sitting in Central Park and wishing the couples walking by hand-in-hand would trip and fall. Misery, after all, adores company. And, as much as they’ve tried to resist the urge, those discontent spectators will eventually download Tinder, Hinge, Coffee Meets Bagel and/or Tindog (which is, no joke, a dating app for dog lovers) in an act of self-defeat. Better that than go on yet another unsuccessful NYC dinner date that leaves one’s wallet $200 lighter and his or her self-esteem at an Eeyore level.

The good news, though, is that there’s a countless number of NYC-set movies already out there for single folks to use as their very own Alex “Hitch” Hitchens. For their convenience, we’ve put together this film-inspired and, fingers crossed, foolproof plan for how to date in New York City. Use it to star in the yet-to-be-made classic My Big Apple Wedding.

Don’t be afraid to talk to strangers.

As learned from: Serendipity (2001)

That woman who just sat next to you on the subway train, or the guy who grabbed the purse that you dropped on the ground? Yeah, she or he just might be your future spouse—but there’s only one way to find out. And it’s not by kicking yourself in the ass later that day for once again dropping the ball.

Forget what your parents told you about never talking to strangers and strike up a conversation with the random attractive people who bump into your path throughout the day, just like John Cusack does in the rom-com Serendipity, when he and Kate Beckinsale reach for the same winter gloves at Bloomingdale’s and, rather than simply walking away, invites her to grab ice cream—even though, yes, they’re both in relationships already.

Okay, there’s a caveat: don’t already have a boyfriend or girlfriend.

If it’s your first time meeting him or her, pick a safe, not-death-defying place to start the evening.

As learned from: Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Since people meet online these days, 22 years after Nora Ephron’s Sleepless in Seattle, don’t pay too much attention to this film’s “lovers connect via a call-in radio show” conceit—it’s now as prehistoric as, well, Meg Ryan’s acting career. But Ryan and Tom Hanks’ characters do present an intriguing option here: meeting at one of New York City’s nationally recognized landmarks, to add a bit of weight to their long-awaited in-person union. In this case, they meet at the top of the Empire State Building.

But reality, especially dating in NYC, isn’t a sappy Nora Ephron movie—more often than not, it’s Takashi Miike’s Audition. It’s also Catfish, the documentary/TV show about how people fall in love online and eventually learn that they dreamgirl (or guy) is Shrek when they’ve been expecting Princess Fiona. So choosing a locale like the Empire State Building’s apex for a first meeting isn’t advisable; the only thing worse than a broken heart or shattered expectations would be the shattered vertebrae that comes from your all-the-sudden-psychotic cyber lover tossing you over the side.

When it comes to first meet-ups, stick to public settings, like crowded bars or the middle of Times Square. Your vertebrae will thank you later.

Better yet, use a car to try “the door test.”

As learned from: A Bronx Tale (1993)

How great would it be to know right away if the woman you’ve just taken on a first date is one of the “great ones”? As Chazz Palminteri’s Sonny explains in Robert De Niro’s excellent A Bronx Tale, every man is allowed only three great women in his lifetime, which sounds soul-crushing when you consider that there are millions upon millions of women in the world. Those aren’t exactly awesome odds.

But there’s a way to sift through the female population and figure out who’s a part of that special trio. First, opt for a car instead of a bus or the subway; second, walk the lady to the passenger side door and close the door once she’s in, but make sure the driver’s side door is locked. If she reaches over to unlock your door for you, she’s a keeper; if she doesn’t, she’s too self-centered and/or inconsiderate.

Keep it cost-effective with pizza for two…

As learned from: Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Unless you’re pulling in well over six figures, the cost of living in New York City is insanely high. Every saved dollar counts, particularly since it can run folks upwards of $2,000 a month to live in a studio apartment that’s basically a glorified closet with furnishing. Tack dating onto that bill and being single in NYC is enough to make ATM screens read “I Feel For You, Dude” whenever it’s dispensing cash.

Keep in mind the sad fact that most first dates don’t lead anywhere except back to the drawing board. So why dish out $150 on a dinner date with someone you may never speak to again? Pull a Tony “Saturday Night Fever” Manero and start off frugally with a slice of pizza at one of New York’s many fine low-cost pizzerias. If the date’s other half gives you the “You’re kidding, right?” look, then point him or her towards the nearest subway entrance. But if they’re excited to chow down on an extra slice, get ready to let them double-decker slice strut their way into your heart.

…But if you’d prefer the sophistication of an actual restaurant, be sure to choose wisely…

As learned from: Along Came Polly (2004)

Once that first pizza date goes amazingly, it’ll be time to schedule a second hang-out, which is primetime for stepping the location game up. But it’d be wise to consult with the other person before selecting the restaurant. That way, you’ll avoid running into any allergies or food phobias that could torpedo the date quicker than if you were to “shart” at any point in the evening.

And speaking of “sharting,” the hilarious Ben Stiller/Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy Along Came Polly has a scene that perfectly encapsulates the importance of picking the right sit-down eatery. Stiller’s character doesn’t do well with “ethnic” cuisine, namely the spicy kind, yet he foolishly lets Aniston pick the place: Al Hafez, a quaint Moroccan spot whose dishes are four-alarm-fire-in-your-mouth hot. Stiller struggles to not perspire like a clergyman inside Manhattan’s old The Limelight nightclub while trying to hold a conversation with Aniston. It’s pretty tragic, and emulating this scene would be catastrophic.

…Or be more ambitious and take advantage of all the city has to offer.

As learned from: Hitch (2005)

Contrary to your slacker friends’ collective belief, New York City is so much more than the dive bars in and around the East Village. Embracing that truth would be a large step towards becoming a cultured and impressive Casanova. Chances are, the last few losers your new possible-lover hung out with brought him or her to places like the Museum of Modern Art or Madison Square Garden, so think outside the box.

Actually, think like an out-of-towner. You’d be surprised by how many New Yorkers, whether they’re natives or recent transplants, haven’t visited sites like the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center or Ellis Island, which is where Will Smith’s character brings Eva Mendes’ in the charming rom-com Hitch, for an afternoon complete with rented jet skis. Taking them to one of these more ambitious places could speak volumes about your overall effort and originality.

If you’re planning a movie night, though, ask for the other person’s input before picking the flick.

As learned from: Taxi Driver (1976)

Movie dates can be great alternatives to the usual wine-and-dine options, and New York City has no shortage of great multiplexes, art-house cinemas and repertory theaters from which to choose. But make sure to do the opposite of what Taxi Driver’s sociopathic and socially awkward Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro, of course) does on his big night out with the stunning Betsy (Cybil Shepherd). Because he’s as smooth as gravel and romantically inept, Travis takes her to a porno theater—understandably, Betsy’s none too pleased.

Granted, those kinds of seedy porn venues don’t exist like they did back in the 1970s, but there are undesirable equivalents for today’s single men and women. Do the right thing and find out his or her movie preferences beforehand, lest you to take them to a midnight screening of William Lustig’s Maniac at Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema and they puke in their popcorn before fleeing to the nearest cab.

If he or she has no shame, he or she is a keeper.

As learned from: When Harry Met Sally… (1989)

New York is a colorful place full of lively and fascinating individuals, so why would you want to date somebody whose idea of a good time involves watching The Big Bang Theory reruns? You want someone whose personality reflects the Big Apple in all of its various facets.

In other words, you want somebody like Sally Albright, Meg Ryan’s shame-free character in Rob Reiner’s NYC classic When Harry Met Sally…—you know, a person who’s ready to do something as outlandishly showy as faking an orgasm inside the Lower East Side’s famous and always crowded Katz’s Delicatessen. Those are the kind of people who’ll make living in a city as amazing as New York all it’s cracked up to be.

If all goes well, keep the date’s climax(es) behind closed doors.

As learned from: Dressed to Kill (1980)

The best-case scenario for any date is, of course, consummating the burgeoning romance at night’s end. (Hey, we’re all adults here, right?) But that’s what bachelor pads and singles’ apartments are for: to first impress the other person by showing them how you’re able to live independent of mommy and daddy and then, yes, getting them to say “Who’s your mommy?” or “Who’s your daddy?” or both. Once the two of you are behind closed doors, anything goes.

By “closed doors,” though, we don’t mean car doors that are out in public. Sure, it’d feel like you’re living out a Danielle Steele novel or a steamy Adrian Lyne film, and that’s never a bad thing romantically, but doing things like having sex in the back of a taxi in broad daylight, a la Kate Dickinson’s Kate Miller in Brian De Palma’s Dressed to Kill.

Voluntary full frontal exposure is one thing, but indecent exposure is something else entirely. You don’t want the night’s most romantic moment to look like this: