What I experienced at "Through Her Lens," an incredible event celebrating women filmmakers
It’s Halloween, but you know what’s not scary — WOMEN SUPPORTING WOMEN, and that’s what this event was all about. THROUGH HER LENS: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program took place last week. It’s only the second year, but hopefully there will be many more. The program is presented by Tribeca and CHANEL, in collaboration with Pulse Films, and ran by the Tribeca Film Institute.
Jennifer Westfeldt (actor/director/writer and one of the five jurors) said:
Five new and emerging U.S.-based female filmmakers of short-form narrative films were chosen for the Through Her Lens three-day workshop. The filmmakers chosen were Joey Ally, Sonejuhi Sunha, A.V. Rockwell, Catherine Eaton, and Ani Simon-Kennedy. Each of them were also allowed to bring along their producing partner of the short film. The event brought together so many talented women in the industry to support, inspire, and teach other women.
She first talked about her career, and then taught the filmmakers about how music should be composed for films. Each woman showed a part of a short film they had made, and then thoroughly described how music sets a scene revealing to the audience how a character is feeling.
Sonejuhi raved about the program, “It was everything I hoped and more. I learned so much and just met so many people that I’ve been such a huge fan of this whole time. It was great to be face-to-face with them and just get to know them..like it was great just to get to know Jenni Konner and personally be like, what are you doing next weekend?”
Joey Ally mentioned that she’s even been to Sundance, but this experience far exceeds. Every one of the girls could not stop talking about how incredible it was and how grateful they were that they were even chosen.
The five filmmakers came into the program already being given $5,000. The jury presented A.V. Rockwell with the big prize of the program, which was $80,000 to fully fund her short film, Feathers. A.V. spoke with me about her whole experience:
When I asked Westfeldt if anything stood out during the pitches that inspired her, she said:
I didn’t even attend the one-on-one mentorship sessions (Rashida Jones was one of the mentors!), master classes, or peer-to-peer talks — and I still came out feeling inspired. These women got a once in a lifetime chance to connect with each other and learn an insane amount from other women in only three days. I only got a little taste of what the Through Her Lens program was all about and it made me crave more.
I’ll leave you with something said by Catherine Eaton that I found really inspiring:
So whatever field you’re in, help shatter that glass ceiling, create a community, and inspire each other to be the best you all can be.