Four Chicken & Egg Pictures grantees will be hitting the slopes in January at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
The Amina Profile (directed by Sophie Deraspe), Dreamcatcher (directed by Kim Longinotto), Hot Girls Wanted (directed by Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus), and (T)ERROR (directed by Lyric Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe) will be world premiering in competition at the festival, held every year in Park City, Utah.
Chicken & Egg Pictures is also proud and excited to see How to Dance in Ohio, directed by Chicken & Egg Pictures Advisory Board member Alexandra Shiva, in the lineup for the US Documentary Competition.
For the full list of films that will be screening in the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions and the out-of-competition NEXT <=> section, click here.
#GivingTuesday is a global day of philanthropy, a way for communities, companies, individuals, and non-profits to give back, give more, or just give.
This December 2, after you’ve checked off everyone on your holiday list, give to Chicken & Egg Pictures and support remarkable women filmmakers committed to telling powerful stories that create social change.
As a small non-profit, Chicken & Egg Pictures depends on the generosity of our supporters and our community to keep our nest a sustainable and secure place for women filmmakers.
Give today–your fully tax-deductible gift will help us continue to elevate and champion women documentary directors who are moving the needle on the most critical human rights, social justice, and environmental issues of our time.
For the fifth year in a row, Chicken & Egg Pictures partnered with DOC NYC for the festival’s fifth edition.
We were proud to have seven grantee films in the lineup: The Great Invisible, The Hand That Feeds, The Lion’s Mouth Opens, Meet the Patels, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, Tough Love, and Vessel. Many of the films made their NYC premiere.
Chicken & Egg Pictures also co-presented two panels: “All About Shorts: Shorter Forms for Ever Shorter Attention Spans” (an interactive look at how new technologies are changing storytelling, with panelists Rachel Falcone, Nancy Schwartzman, and Malika Zouhali-Worrall) and “Shoot Your Doc Masterclass: Casting for Documentaries” (with panelists Stephanie Wang-Breal, Jamila Wignot, Penelope Falk; moderated by our own Wendy Ettinger.
Check out highlights from “Shorter Forms for Ever Shorter Attention Spans” on YouTube.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences released the shortlist of contenders for the Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject. On the list was I Believe in You grant recipient Lucy Walker and her film The Lion’s Mouth Opens.
Eight films out of 58 eligible entries were named to the shortlist. Three to five will receive nominations. The full list can be found here.
Chicken & Egg Pictures congratulates Lucy and her team. We are thrilled and proud to be supporters of this film and to have Lucy in our nest. For more information on the film, visit our film page for The Lion’s Mouth Opens.
When I got the call in 2011 that I was being awarded a Chicken & Egg Pictures “I Believe in You” grant for my documentary Home Again, I was thrilled. The money and the prestige were awesome rewards, but possibly the most meaningful benefit of the grant was being welcomed into the Chicken & Egg nest.
It was truly inspiring on Wednesday to gather with fellow grantees for Distribution Day, where we convened with Cynthia Kane of Al Jazeera America, Nina Chaudry, Former Executive Producer of Wide Angle, and Susan Margolin of Cinedigm. Though my film is not yet finished, it’s never too early to think about distribution, as nearly every presenter pointed out. As we discussed possible outlets for our projects and how to imagine different versions of the stories we want to tell, the wheels in my head began to turn about the many different directions my film could go in.
In our discussion of what (and what not) to cut when reversioning, one rule that went up on the easel pad was “Time spent laughing is never wasted time.” And time spent brainstorming with other fantastic women, I’ve found, is one of the most productive things a filmmaker can do.
The IDF-Chicken & Egg Pictures Fund is now accepting applications. Beginning today, October 1st, applicants can submit their proposals through the online system.
This new fund, announced in 2014 and launched in partnership with the Indian Documentary Foundation, aims to provide comprehensive support to women filmmakers based in India. First-time directors, as well as mid-career and veteran filmmakers, are welcome to apply.
The deadline for submissions is midnight IST on November 21st. To apply, or for more information on criteria, the selection process, and additional guidelines, click here.
On Monday, September 15, Chicken & Egg Pictures will host its annual Independent Film Week Celebration to toast the passionate and intrepid grantees whose films were selected to participate in the 2014 Project Forum at IFW.
This year, two Chicken & Egg Pictures grantees will take part in the weeklong conference: The Bill, directed by Ramona Diaz, and (T)ERROR, directed by Lyric Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe.
We will also present our 2014 Good Egg award to Lesli Klainberg and Eugene Hernandez, the leaders of the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
The Good Egg Award is given annually to distinguished leaders in the independent film and documentary community. Past recipients include Cynthia Lopez, now the Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment; Cara Mertes, the current Director of the JustFilms initiative at the Ford Foundation; POV founder Marc Weiss; and Claire Aguilar of ITVS.
Klainberg and Hernandez both have a distinguished history of contributions to the documentary field and to the world of independent film as a whole. “We couldn’t be more delighted to present Lesli and Eugene with the 2014 Good Egg Award,” said Jenni Wolfson, Executive Director of Chicken & Egg Pictures. “They are both pillars of the film community, respected and well-loved, and together at the helm of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, they are in a position to build and expand on their already impressive accomplishments. It will be exciting to see how they continue to champion and shape the world of independent film.”
Our final deadline for this year’s Open Call for submissions closed on July 1st. This year’s number of submissions broke all of our records, with a whopping 642 applicants turning in projects for consideration.
In anticipation of our upcoming 10th anniversary, we focused our Open Call on a special priority: for this year only, we are prioritizing projects that feature women and girls on-screen as prominent characters and storytellers of their own lives and experiences. Taking inspiration from past Chicken & Egg Pictures grantees with strong female protagonists such as American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, Freeheld, The Forest for the Trees, Lioness, Private Violence, Sepideh- Reaching for the Stars, and Saving Face, just to name a few.
We are in the midst of our rigorous review process, and we look forward to discovering new voices that continue to address the global justice, human rights, and environmental issues of our time–with women and girls at the center. All applicants will be notified by November 15, 2014.