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Chicken & Egg Pictures supports women non-fiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change.


The Nest heads to Sundance

As the 2015 Sundance Film Festival kicks off this week, Chicken & Egg Pictures is excited to head to Park City, where we will cheer on four grantees who are having their premieres as part of the World and U.S. Documentary Competitions.

(T)ERROR (Lyric Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe) and Hot Girls Wanted (Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus) will be competing in the U.S. Documentary lineup, while Dreamcatcher (Kim Longinotto) and The Amina Profile (Sophie Deraspe) will do so in the World Documentary lineup.

Advisory Board member Alexandra Shiva’s documentary, How to Dance in Ohio, recently acquired by HBO Documentary Films, can also be seen in the U.S. Documentary Competition.

We are also proud to see Kirsten Johnson, our Celebration Grant recipient, on the U.S. Documentary jury, along with one of our 2014 Good Egg Honorees, Eugene Hernandez.

Chicken & Egg Pictures grantee Vessel opens theatrically

Vessel, directed by Diana Whitten, opens in New York on Friday, January 9th and will run through the week at the IFC Center. Tickets and showtimes here.

Vessel, which is part of Chicken & Egg Pictures’ Reproductive Justice Cohort, follows fearless sea captain Dr. Rebecca Gomperts as she sails a ship through loopholes in international law, providing abortions on the high seas, and leaving in her wake a network of emboldened activists who trust women to handle abortion on their own terms.

“A vivid profile… passionately told, shot through and through with activist zeal” – Variety

Chicken & Egg Pictures announces 2014 Open Call grantees and Celebration Award Recipient

Chicken & Egg Pictures announced 14 films that would receive grants and mentorship as a result of the organization’s 2014 Open Call, and named Kirsten Johnson as the recipient of the Annual Celebration Award, supported by the Ravenal Foundation.

Grantees were chosen from over 640 applications, and include women filmmakers working in India, Egypt, Libya, China, and the United Kingdom, as well as across the United States.

In celebration of Chicken & Egg Pictures’ 10th anniversary in 2015, this most recent Open Call was designed to elevate women and girls behind and in front of the camera. This special Women & Girls On-Screen initiative prioritized projects that featured women and girls on-screen as prominent characters and storytellers of their own lives and experiences.

Chicken & Egg Pictures welcomes these new grantees to the nest! For more information, visit our blog.

Oscar buzz for Citizen Koch

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced the 15 films that will contend for a Best Documentary Feature nomination for the 87th Oscars®.

Citizen Koch, directed by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, made the list. The film, a searing look at the effect of the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling on our democracy, received an “I Believe in You” grant from Chicken & Egg Pictures in 2011 through our Mother Wit Human Rights Film Fund.

Chicken & Egg Pictures at DOC NYC 2014

Chicken & Egg Pictures is proud to be a part of this year’s DOC NYC festival, running November 13-20 in Manhattan. Not only are seven Chicken & Egg Pictures grantees in the lineup (She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, Vessel, Meet the Patels, The Lion’s Mouth Opens, Tough Love, The Great Invisible, and The Hand That Feeds), Chicken & Egg is co-presenting two panels: Shorter Forms for Ever Shorter Attention Spans and Casting for Documentaries.

You can also spot members of the Chicken & Egg Pictures team on some great panels: Iyabo Boyd will be participating on Mapping Out Your Film: Story and Style, while Judith Helfand is sharing secrets on how to pitch your film on Pitch Workshop: Getting it Right.

Check out the full schedule and lineup here.

I Believe In You grant recipient The Lion’s Mouth Opens getting awards season buzz

On Monday, October 20, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced that The Lion’s Mouth Opens is one of eight documentary shorts that will contend for a nomination for Best Documentary Short Subject at the 87th Academy Awards®.

The Lion’s Mouth Opens, directed by Lucy Walker, follows Marianna Palker, a young actress, as she confronts her risk of having inherited Huntington’s Disease. Click here for more on the film.

Chicken & Egg Pictures is proud to be a supporter of Lucy and this stunning, emotional film.

Chicken & Egg Pictures Kicks Off Fall Mentorship with Distribution Day

On Wednesday, October 15, Chicken & Egg Pictures hosted 16 filmmakers in New York City for a full-day workshop with sessions covering International Co-Productions & New Opportunities with Al-Jazeera America, with guest expert Cynthia Kane (Senior Commissioning Producer, Al-Jazeera America); Reversioning for Foreign Sales, Maximizing Opportunities, & Delivery on Deliverables, with guest expert Nina Chaudry (Independent Producer and Former Executive of Wide Angle), and Digital Distribution 101, with guest expert (Susan Margolin, President of Docurama and Cinedigm). Check out what filmmaker Julie Englander had to say about the experience on our blog.