WEEK IN WOMEN: Women artists create awards for Tribeca Film Fest 2023 – Brandy McDonnell reports

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New York’s Tribeca Film Festival and Chanel have announced the artists selected as part of the 2023 Artist Awards Program. As in previous years, Tribeca and Chanel bring together esteemed artists to generously donate an original work, which will be awarded to winning filmmakers at the festival, which this year runs June 7-18.

This year, an all-women cohort of 10 acclaimed artists have been invited by Tribeca and Chanel to celebrate their fellow storytellers, according to a news release. The 2023 Artist Awards Program participants are Ana Benaroya, Beverly Fishman, Christie Neptune, Lisa Lebofsky, Natia Lemay, Patricia Encarnacion, Renee Cox, Sheree Hovsepian, Shinique Smith, and Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz.

Artist Shinique Smith’s Emergence, a 2022 image created during the filming of the artist’s performance film Breathing Room: Moon’ Marked Journey, will be given to the Best Documentary Feature winner at the 2023 Tribeca Festival.

“Tribeca and Chanel recognize the significance of representation and the undeniable impact women artists can have when their work and stories are in the spotlight,” said Tribeca Festival Co-Founder and Tribeca Enterprises CEO Jane Rosenthal in a statement.

“We are dedicated to celebrating creativity and culture, fostering diverse voices, and encouraging the development of a new generation of visionaries. Our 18-year partnership with Chanel underscores our joint commitment to honoring powerful storytelling, artistic excellence, and the spirit of artists supporting other artists. We invite audiences to join us in this celebration and discover the transformative power of women’s artistry, which reflects our reality and shapes our understanding of the world.”

This signature cultural event recognizes the intersection between creative fields and celebrates New York City’s continued spirit of cultural innovation. The tradition of supporting artistic creativity and vision goes back to the inception of the Tribeca Festival, which was founded with a mission to rebuild and regenerate the renowned artistic hub of New York City in the wake of September 11th. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.