Tribeca’s Through Her Lens program awarded Nikyatu Jusu’s short film project Suicide by Sunlight as the recipient of full production funding.  Jusu directed and co-wrote the film with R. Shanea Williams, and the award was announced last night at the conclusion of the third annual Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program.

Filmmakers from five projects took part in this year’s three-day program, sponsored by Tribeca Enterprises and Chanel, presenting their projects to a jury comprised of director/producer Mira Nair, producer Paula Weinstein and actor/producer Rachel Weisz.

Jusu and Williams will receive a production grant and production support from Tribeca Studios. The other four writer/directors in the program each received a development grant to support continued work on their films. In all, $100,000 was awarded.

Suicide by Sunlight logline: is about Valentina, a day-walking Black vampire protected from the sun by her melanin and who finds it difficult to suppress her bloodlust when a new woman is brought around her estranged twin daughters.

Nikyatu Jusu is an award-winning Sierra Leonean-American filmmaker. Her screenplay Free the Town participated in the Sundance Institute’s inaugural Diverse Writers Workshop and was selected for both the 2013 Durban Film Mart and Film Independent’s Fast Track. Her short film, Flowers, won the HBO short film award and is her third film acquired by HBO.

Congrats to Nikyatu Jusu and her entire team!

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