General Public Gets Free Access to Through Her Lens Filmmaking Masterclasses

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Find out how to get access to Yara Shahidi and her mother's Through Her Lens MasterClass on the business of filmmaking.

This year, Tribeca Enterprises and Chanel are taking the Through Her Lens virtual from October 13 to 15. Along with nurturing the next generation of women filmmakers, Through Her Lens will also offer select Masterclasses to the public for free for the first time in the program’s six-year history.

Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program is a three-day immersive program that provides five teams of women filmmakers with one-on-one mentorship and intimate participant masterclasses focusing on script-to-screen development, casting, music composition, costume design, producing, and directing. Based on the advice of expert mentors, the participants will shape and refine their short film pitches and projects and will pitch projects to the jury of industry experts at the conclusion of the program. Tribeca Studios will provide full financing to the winning team to produce their short film, and will award grant funds to support the development of the other four teams’ film.

The 2020 Leadership Committee for Through Her Lens is:

  • MasterClass Advisors: Casting agent Alexa Fogel (The PromJudas and The Black Messiah), actor Annette Bening (American Beauty, 20th Century Women), director Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Old Guard, Beyond The Lights), music Laura Karpman (Lovecraft CountryCotton Club Encore), writer-director/producer Marti Noxon (Dietland, Sharp Objects), and costume designer Sharen Davis (Ray, Watchmen)
  • Jurors: Actor/director/producer Angela Bassett (Black PantherWhat’s Love Got to Do With It), actor/producer Angelica Ross(American Horror Story: 1984Pose), Channing Dungey (vice president of original series at Netflix), producer Jessica Elbaum (Booksmart, Hustlers), actor Kirsten Dunst (Melencholia, Marie Antoinette), actor Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rhapsody, Murder on the Orient Express), actor Uzo Aduba (Mrs. America, Americanah)
  • Mentors: Actor Glenn Close (Hillbilly ElegyThe Wife), actor Emilia Clarke (Game of ThronesMe Before You), producer Mollye Asher (NomadlandSwallow), writer/director Nikki Caro (Whale Rider, Mulan), writer/director/producer Ry Russo-Young (The Sun is Also a Star, Before I Fall)
  • Writing mentors: Writer Brit Bennett (The MothersThe Vanishing Half), writer/ producer Janine Nabers (Atlanta, Watchmen), writer/director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (Someone Great, Sweet/Vicious), producer Kelly Carmichael (My Week with Marilyn, The 355), writer/producer Marja-Lewis Ryan (The L Word: Generation Q6 Balloons)

The MasterClasses that will be available for aspiring filmmakers around the world to access virtually will be:  Actor/producer Yara Shahidi in conversation with her business partner and mother, Keri Shahidi, discussing the business of film and setting your own career path, and cinematographers Rachel Morrsion and Ellen Kuras will exchange thoughts on visual storytelling and more.

Masterclass Conversations will air daily throughout the program from Oct. 13 through 15 at 1 p.m. Visit TribecaFilm.com/ThroughHerLens for more information.

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