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Tribeca Enterprises and Chanel hosted the third annual Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program kickoff luncheon Tuesday. From October 17 to October 19, the conjunctive companies support, celebrate, and promote the work of women working across the spectrum of entertainment jobs: actors, directors, writers, producers, casting directors, and costume designers. The luncheon, held at Locanda Verde, began the three-day workshop, which finishes with a film competition. The winner will receive full financing for production costs and support of Tribeca Studios to bring the project to fruition.
Jane Rosenthal and Paula Weinstein, executive chair and executive vice president of Tribeca Executives respectively, spoke of the importance of supporting women in the entertainment industry.
“When you hit success, when you take another step forward, it’s not enough,” Rosenthal said. “Make sure you pull another woman up with you. Women producers, select women directors. Women directors, hire more women designers and crew. Produce and direct the work of women writers. Women in power, commit to mentoring the next generation of women.”
Weinstein remarked that her own Hollywood experience had been nothing like what she and Rosenthal are promoting now: “In the 70s, my generation of women in Hollywood used to look at each other with envy over their jobs. There was no sisterhood.”
The workshop includes master classes taught by writer and director Amma Asante, actor Dakota Fanning, producer Donna Gigliotti, composer Laura Karpman, producer Riva Marker, and costume designer Sandy Powell. The program also includes mentors for each field of the entertainment industry, meant to advise and support the program’s participants. Notable guests included Olivia Wilde, Kyra Sedgwick, Lola Kirke, and more.
“Today women are committed to each other,” Weinstein said. “They wouldn’t consider a day without reaching behind to pull someone up or to hold a sister by her hand and encourage her to do well and not see her success as less success for them but rather that it is success for all of us. If we don’t approach it this way, our stories won’t be told.”
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