Chicken & Egg Pictures has announced the five projects selected for their 2018 Diversity Fellows Initiative. Created with the aim of identifying and increasing the visibility of diverse women filmmakers working in non-fiction, the program includes a $5,000 grant and seven months of mentorship.
The 2018 Diversity Fellows are Beyza Boyacioglu, Robie Flores, Nadia Hallgren, Nailah Jefferson, and Maia von Lekow, with co-director Chris King. The participants hail from locations as varied as Eagle Pass, Texas and Istanbul, Turkey.
The projects the filmmakers are working on include “Commuted,” Jefferson’s portrait of Danielle Metz, a 52-year-old woman who was released from jail after having her life sentence overturned by President Obama, and “Omnipresence,” Hallgren’s look inside a South Bronx housing project over the course of a summer.
The Fellows will come together for a multi-day retreat in upstate New York. “This year we’ll be doing a deep dive into storytelling,