2019 Through Her Lens Program

For the fifth year, THROUGH HER LENS: The Tribeca CHANEL Women's Filmmaker Program will create new opportunities for women filmmakers. Tribeca and CHANEL, in collaboration with Pulse Films and Tribeca Film Institute (TFI), founded THROUGH HER LENS in 2015 to provide industry support, artistic development, and funding to emerging U.S.-based female writers and directors. Participants will gather in New York City for the program’s 5th edition, which will run November 4-6, 2019.


The 2019 Selected Projects and Filmmakers



While traveling on a train through Texas for an away game, point guard Genevieve has an unwanted encounter with her high school basketball coach. Wielding her strategy and grit off the court, Genevieve finds a way to retaliate.

Hannah Peterson, Writer/Director

Hannah Peterson is a graduate of the MFA program in Film Directing at CalArts and has worked closely with filmmakers Sean Baker and Chloé Zhao. Filmmaker Magazine named Hannah as one of 25 new faces of independent film in 2018. Her film, East of the River, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and Slamdance Film Festival 2019 where Hannah was awarded the Russo Brothers Fellowship. Most recently, Hannah directed the Disney Channel series, “Shook.”

Taylor Shung, Producer

Taylor Shung is a producer born and raised in New York City. She recently co-produced Nomadland, directed by Chloé Zhao, and Mickey and the Bear (SXSW), directed by Annabelle Attanasio. Her short films have played at prestigious festivals around the world, and most recently she produced Agua Viva, directed by Alexa Lim Haas, which won the 2018 SXSW Animated Shorts Grand Jury Prize. Taylor is a 2019 Sundance Creative Producing Fellow and a producer for Borscht Corp., a film and arts non-profit in Miami.



Twelve-year-old Rosa loves aliens and hates everything else, including her annoying little sister Lu. When a car bomb detonates while she’s babysitting, Rosa must bring her sister to safety by convincing her that aliens have arrived to greet them.

Kantú Lentz, Writer/Director

Kantú Lentz is a Peruvian filmmaker who creates films that take place in alternate realities with magical realism elements.  She recently directed the short film Jack & Jo Don't Want to Die, commissioned by the Shatterbox Anthology series, starring Justin Kirk and Olivia Edward. Kantú is an AFI Directing Workshop for Women alumni. She is part of this year’s Sony Diverse Directors Program as well as the Viacom Viewfinder Emerging Directors Program.

Roja Gashtili, Producer

Roja Gashtili worked on the Oscar-nominated No End in Sight and was an associate producer at MTV. She produced the Refinery29 Shatterbox film Jack & Jo Don't Want to Die. With her filmmaking partner, Julia Lerman, Roja wrote and directed Rita Mahtoubian Is Not A Terrorist at AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Their short, Pinky, was a Refinery29 Shatterbox film. They have sold pilots to FX, YouTube and AMC.



Beirut, Lebanon, 1976. May defies the terror of the civil war on a daily basis. Today, she risks her safety on a sniper-controlled street to save a cherished item left behind: her deceased grandmother’s sandals.

Bane Fakih, Writer/Director

Bane Fakih is a Lebanese filmmaker based in New York City. She wrote and directed award winning Assil and Jad, as well as Vibes, which is currently touring in international and local festivals.  After completing her film MFA at Columbia University and receiving the Ezra Litwak award for Distinction in Screenwriting, Bane is now developing her first feature Keep It Together, which was selected for the 2019 Tribeca All Access and Cine Qua Non Lab.

Birgit Gernböck, Producer

Birgit Gernböck worked on numerous films for German networks prior to pursuing her MFA from Columbia University. She produced Francisca Alegria’s short and won the International Jury Award at Sundance ‘17 and Darya Zhuk's feature film Crystal Swan, which premiered at Karlovy Vary ‘18 and at Slamdance ‘19 in the US. The film received the audience award at Shanghai ‘19 slowly winding down the international festival run.



Over the course of her summer fellowship, queer theater director Cleo becomes the unwilling object of desire for her boss – a married woman.

Charlotte T. Martin, Writer

Charlotte T. Martin is a writer who acts. Although she does not discriminate between writing projects based on medium, her first and truest love is screenwriting. After many experiments with homegrown webseries and a charmingly DIY feature (The First of Our Friends to Get Married, writer and co-director), Charlotte wrote and starred in the short Chemistry, her first partnership with Cynthia Silver. Melissa is their second collaboration.

Cynthia Silver, Director

Cynthia Silver’s filmmaking is a culmination of twenty-five years spent as an actor and director in New York City and a master acting teacher at Atlantic Acting School. Her award-winning shorts Sleep Training, Sibs, Chemistry, and the short form series Adult are all collaborations with former students and longtime theatre colleagues. Cynthia’s most recent short The Shallow End, based on Wendy MacLeod’s one-act play of the same title, embarks on its festival run this fall.



Evelyn is seeing troubling visions: technology infecting our food supply, wires growing out of her body, and the resurrection of creatures which humanity long rendered extinct. Everyone assures Evelyn she's fine, but she knows she is either mentally ill or humanity's savior. She just can't be certain which.

Laura Moss, Writer/Director

Laura Moss is a filmmaker from New York City. Her recent pilot “neurotica.” premiered at Tribeca in 2019. Her previous short, Fry Day, screened at Tribeca and SXSW in 2017, as well as over 50 international festivals. Fry Day was recently acquired by the Criterion Collection. Laura’s design work has screened at MoMA, Sundance, Telluride, Berlin and in competition at Cannes. She is an alumna of NYU’s graduate film program and IFP’s Emerging Storyteller's program.

Mali Elfman, Producer

Mali Elfman is a BAFTA nominated producer, who began her career with her micro-budget feature film Do Not Disturb (released by Warner Brothers, 2010).  Since then she’s produced many films including Karen Gillan’s directorial debut The Party’s Just Beginning and Mike Flanagan’s Before I Wake. She’s produced over 45 short films for FUN SIZE HORROR, a company she helped co-found. She recently produced the pilot “neurotica.” with award winning director Laura Moss and writer Nick Kocher (“Saturday Night Live”, “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia”). She has also produced numerous live events including Mark Danielewski’s “The Fifty Year Sword” at the Disney Concert Hall.

November 4-6, 2019