Tribeca’s 2018 Through Her Lens Program Kicks Off on Political Note

There was perhaps no more fitting kickoff to 2018’s Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program than executive chair Jane Rosenthal‘s blunt greeting: “Hello to all you impolite, arrogant women!”

Despite the elegant trappings of New York City’s Locanda Verde restaurant and a co-sponsorship with Chanel, the assembled group of women filmmakers, writers, producers, and actors at the program’s opening luncheon was a frank and lively one. A year after the Harvey Weinstein allegations first dropped and shook Hollywood to its core, such female-driven gatherings have taken on new urgency, with a sharper focus on practical solutions rather than the usual sweeping declarations of the importance of diversity.

Tribeca’s Through Her Lens program, now in its fourth year, collaborates with Pulse Films to select five teams of female filmmakers to participate in a three-day workshop that includes classes, review sessions, potential prize money to further their projects, and mentorships with industry veterans such as Courteney Cox, Veena Sud, Stella Meghie, and Jenny Lumet. Attendees at the luncheon included directors Mira Nair and Stella Meghie, producers Effie Brown and Christine Vachon, and actors Uzo Aduba, Melissa Leo, Samira Wiley, Zosia Mamet, and Piper Perabo (who made the biggest immediate statement of the day with a simple t-shirt bearing a pointed message: “Believe Women”).

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