Chicken & Egg awards grants to 14 films

Film fund and non-profit prodco Chicken & Egg Pictures has revealed its spring grant recipients, which were selected from more than 300 women filmmaker applicants.
August 4, 2011

Film fund and non-profit prodco Chicken & Egg Pictures has revealed its spring grant recipients, which were selected from more than 300 women filmmaker applicants.

Two of the 14 funded projects – Atomic Epilogue by Ellen Spiro, a short responding to the Japan disaster, and Mariachi High by Ilana Trachtman, on the slashing of culture, music and art programs in American public schools – were existing grantees and are receiving additional grants because of their timeliness and urgency.

The rest of the recipients announced are as follows:


A Quiet Inquisition – directed by Holen Kahn and Alessandra Zeka. Grant awarded for editing.

Caught In the Net – directed by Hilla Medalia and Shosh Shalm. Grant awarded for production.

Fighting Foster – directed by Stephanie Wang-Breal. Grant awarded for development.

Gideon’s Army – directed by Dawn Porter. Grant awarded for production.

Home Again – directed by Julie Englander. Grant awarded for production.

In the Middle – directed by Lorena Luciano. Grant awarded for development.

The New Black – directed by Yoruba Richen. Grant awarded for production.

Unstable Elements - directed by Madeleine Sackler. Grant awarded for production.


Girl Model – directed by Ashley Sabin. Grant awarded for completion.

The Mosuo Sisters - directed by Marlo Poras. Grant awarded for completion.

Mariachi High – directed by Illana Trachtman. Additional grant for editing.

WHICH CAME FIRST Environmental Film Fund:

Atomic Epilogue: Hope Dies Last -  directed by Ellen Spiro. Additional Liberty Grant for completion.

Bidder 70 -  directed by Beth Gage and George Gage Grant awarded for editing.

Xmas Without China – directed by Alicia Dwyer. Grant awarded for editing.

Additionally, this year, five films executive produced or supported by Chicken & Egg Pictures received Emmy nominations: A Small Act by Jennifer Arnold; Deep Down: A Story from the Heart of Coal Country by Jen Gilomen and Sally Rubin; Monica & David by Ali Codina; The Oath by Laura Poitras; and Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy by Stephanie Wang Breal.

Two films executive produced by Chicken & Egg are going into their Academy Awards-qualifying runs this month as part of DocuWeeks: Semper Fi: Always Faithful by Rachel Libert and Tony Hardmon and The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement by Gail Dolgin and Robin Fryday.

“The impact these films and grantees have had this year are testament to the value of the investment of dollars and hours we collectively devote to creative mentorship, collaboration, community building we provide,” said Chicken & Egg Pictures co-founders Julie Parker Benello, Wendy Ettinger and Judith Helfand.

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