Congratulations to Yoruba Richen, the director of ‘The New Black’ on receiving the Chicken & Egg Pictures’ inaugural Breakthrough Filmmaker Award. Richen will be rewarded with a $50,000 grant and a year-long mentorship program.
The Breakthrough Filmmaker Award responds to the reality that only a few women non-fiction directors in the U.S. are able to work full-time as independent storytellers. The program recognizes and elevates five mid-career women directors with unique voices who are poised to reach new heights and to continue to be strong filmmaker-advocates for urgent issues.
Women are still struggling to break through the glass ceiling in the film industry, but the documentary world has become a much more open to female directors, writers and cinematographers thanks to grant and mentorship programs such as this
“Chicken & Egg Pictures continues to make bold investments in both women artists and gender equality to ensure that a greater diversity of voices are acknowledged for their participation in the storytelling that drives change. Our hope with this new award is to provide support and a platform for these artists to continue showcasing and elevating critical social justice, environmental and human rights issues and stories while working to increase their visibility and ensure they receive the recognition they deserve.” – Jenni Wolfson, Chicken & Egg’s Executive Director
Yoruba Richen is a documentary filmmaker whose work explores issues of race, space, and power. She has directed films in the U.S. and abroad, including The New Black and Promised Land. The New Black won Audience Awards at AFI Docs, Philly Q Fest, and Frameline LGBT Film Festival. The film also won best documentary at the Urbanworld Film Festival and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and a GLAAD Media Award. The New Black opened theatrically at New York’s Film Forum and aired on PBS’s Independent Lens. Yoruba has received numerous grants including from Sundance Documentary Fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures, and the Ford Foundation. She won the Creative Promise Award at Tribeca All Access and was also a Sundance Producers Fellow. Yoruba is a featured TED Speaker and a Guggenheim Fellow. She is director of the documentary program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Yoruba is currently working on How It Feels To Be Free, a two-part documentary chronicling how black entertainers like Lena Horne and Cicely Tyson navigated the industry and took control of their own images, all while fighting for civil rights through their art and actions.
For the bios for the all of recipients in addition to more information on the organization and how to apply for the mentorship/grant program please visit: http://chickeneggpics.org