New York-based prodco Fork Films and Chicken & Egg Pictures, a non-profit fund for women and gender non-conforming non-fiction filmmakers, have unveiled details of a joint creative story workshop for documentary filmmakers.
The inaugural workshop is the combination of both organizations’ respective missions to bring focus to under-represented stories, working directly with six filmmakers on their feature-length documentary projects, all of which are in production.
As part of the workshop, the filmmakers will get feedback from their peers, as well as mentors from Fork Films and Chicken & Egg Pictures. They will also discuss story structure and learn production best practices to give them a sharper vision for their films. The filmmakers, each of whom has previously received funding or support from Fork Films or Chicken & Egg Pictures, will also share work-in-progress footage from their projects, such as scenes and trailers.
The filmmakers have been selected to share work-in-progress footage including scenes and trailers from their projects. The workshop will take place virtually through the end of October.
The selected projects for the Fork Films and Chicken & Egg Pictures inaugural story workshop are Body Parts, directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and produced by Helen Hood Sheer, about making Hollywood intimacy scenes in the post-#MeToo era; Fight Song (pictured), directed and produced by Denali Tiller, about three young women training to be mixed martial arts fighters; The Half Truths, directed and produced by Hemal Trivedi and produced by Trivedi, Amelia Hanibelsz and Cynthia Kane, about the fight over Chhattisgarh, India’s bloodiest conflict zone, an environmentally fragile region and state home to the country’s last dense forest, the “lungs of India”; Merkel, directed by Eva Weber and produced by Weber, Lizzie Gillett, Sigrid Dyekjaer and Sonja Henrici, an examination of the life and career of outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel; Power & Light, directed by Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt and produced by Rosenblatt, Sabrina Avilés and Jesse Epstein, about a married couple from different backgrounds galvanizing their community to fight climate change; and The Total Trust, directed and produced by Jialing Zhang, which examines the growth of surveillance culture in China.
“We are thrilled to partner with Chicken & Egg Pictures on this inaugural workshop. The alignment of our respective missions makes this partnership a perfect fit, and we are excited to offer our combined expertise to support these six filmmakers’ current films,” said Jess Kwan, Fork Films’ COO, in a release.
“This opportunity to combine our mission-aligned organizations and take advantage of our organic synergy to champion filmmakers is so valuable. It allows us to further support and elevate filmmakers as they continue to explore the stories in their films and learn about production best practices. We couldn’t be more excited about this partnership,” added Chicken & Egg Pictures program director Lucila Moctezuma.