Chicken & Egg Pictures Announces Women Filmmaker Grant List

Photo of Bryce J. Renninger By Bryce J. Renninger | iW NOW July 29, 2010 at 3:44AM

Chicken & Egg Pictures Announces Women Filmmaker Grant List
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The women’s film fund and non-profit production company Chicken & Egg Pictures, which recently funded the productions of Tribeca winner “Monica and David” by Alexandra Codina and Silverdocs champ “Wo Ai Ni Mommy” by Stephanie Wang-Breal, has announced the recipients of its grants from its Spring 2010 Open Call. From a pool of more than 300 non-fiction film applicants, 12 films received grants in three categories.  The fund has awarded more than $1.5 million in grants during its five years of existence.

The fund also announced that applications for the Rooftop Films/Chicken & Egg Women Filmmakers’ Short Film Grant are due August 3.  In a statement, Chicken & Egg’s founders Julie Parker Benello, Wendy Ettinger and Judith Helfand noted, ‘‘We are re-inspired by the rigorous and passionate work that women non-fiction filmmakers are tackling and bringing to the fore. There is no lack of inspiration, no lack of optimism in the face of very serious and egregious times and there is no doubt in our minds that women storytellers have an important place at the table of public thought and action – one that they are setting with intense, important and riveting stories of our times and for our times. There are more worthy projects than we can support.”

The complete list of grant recipients:

I Believe in You Grants (given at various stages of production and post-production):

“Always in Season,” Jacqueline Olive (U.S.)

“Call Me Kuchu,” Malika Zouhali-Worrall and Katherine Fairfax Wright (U.K./U.S.)

“Chess Movie” (Working Title), Katie Dellamaggiore (U.S.)

“Dear Mandela,” Dara Kell and Christopher Nizza (U.S.)

“El Jardin” (Working Title), Natalia Almada (Mexico)

“Our School,” Mona Nicoara and co-director Miruna Coca-Cozma (U.S./Romania)

“Seeking Asian Female,” Debbie Lum (U.S.)

Liberty Grant (finishing funds):

“The Patron Saints,” Melanie Shatzky and Brian M. Cassidy (U.S./Canada)

Which Came First Fund (environmental film fund):

Three films dealing with the BP Oil Spill:

“Isle de Jean Charles,” Rebecca Ferris (U.S.)

“Turkey Creek,” Leah Mahan (U.S.)

Margaret Brown’s untitled oil spill doc (U.S.)

Which Came First Fund Liberty (completion) grant:

"Bag It," Susan Beraza (U.S.)