Longinotto, Walker among 2013 Chicken & Egg grantees

New documentaries from directors Kim Longinotto (pictured), Lucy Walker, Cynthia Wade and Dawn Porter are among 23 projects to receive grants from Chicken & Egg Pictures' 2013 Open Call.
November 26, 2013

Kim Longinotto (pictured), Lucy Walker, Cynthia Wade and Dawn Porter are among the latest crop of filmmakers to receive grants from Chicken & Egg Pictures.

The U.S.-based non-profit, which is dedicated to supporting the efforts of female non-fiction filmmakers, has awarded more than US$220,000 in grants to 23 feature-length documentaries as part of its 2013 Open Call.

The grantees were selected from more than 500 submissions from 33 countries. The grants are awarded in the categories of development, production, post-production and completion.

“Chicken & Egg Pictures is at a pivotal moment in its eight-year history,” said executive director Jenni Wolfson in a statement. “There is a growing recognition, domestically and internationally, that women non-fiction filmmakers have a critical role to play in turning the struggles of our time into resonant, urgent and provocative stories that will inspire critical discussion, civic engagement and social change. I have no doubt that the artists we are supporting in this round will do just that.”

Fifteen projects are new grantees and seven are previous grantees receiving additional funding.

The new grantees include Longinotto’s The Dreamcatchers, about two ex-prostitutes who work to help young girls in Chicago’s south side stand up to pimps; Walker’s The Lion’s Mouth Opens; Mudflow, Wade’s look at the causes and implications of large toxic mudflow in Indonesia; and Dawn Porter’s Trapped, about abortion legislation in the U.S. South.

The company will also executive produce two films by current grantees that are slated for release next year: Baltimore by Emily Topper and Mary Posatko and Private Violence by Cynthia Hill.

The full list of 2013 grantees is below:


Brick, directors Jessica Dimmock and Christopher LaMarca

Mudflow, director Cynthia Wade

Trapped, director Dawn Porter


The Dreamcatchers, director: Kim Longinotto

The Return,  directors: Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway

Sonita Meets A Travelling Swallow, director: Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four, director; Deborah S. Esquenazi


The Babushkas of Chernobyl, directors: Holly Morris and Anne Bogart

Cocaine Prison, director: Violeta Ayala

Driving with Selvi, director: Elisa Paloschi

The Hand That Feeds, directors: Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnick

The Homestretch, directors: Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly

Vessel, director: Diana Whitten

Yula’s Dream, director: Hanna Polak


The Lion’s Mouth Opens, director: Lucy Walker


Prior Chicken & Egg Pictures grantees receiving additional funding:


Among the Believers, directors: Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Naqvi

The Bill, director: Ramona Diaz

In The Middle, director: Lorena Luciano


A Quiet Inquisition, directors: Holen Sabrina Kahn and Alessandra Zeka

The Blind Cinema Club, directors: Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger

Tough Love, director: Stephanie Wang-Breal

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Land of Opportunity, director: Luisa Dantas

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