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3 filmmakers receive Women in Film grants

Jordana Spiro, Martha Shane, Lana Wilson recognized by org at Sundance

Women In Film feted filmmakers Jordana Spiro, Martha Shane and Lana Wilson at its seventh annual Sundance Filmmakers Panel this week.

Spiro received the Women In Film/CalmDown Productions Grant for her efforts on the short “Skin,” while Martha Shane and Lana Wilson snagged the Women In Film Documentary Grant for their work on “After Tiller.” Awards totaled $30,000 in cash and in-kind grants and were announced Sunday morning.

“For a decade, Women In Film has maintained a strong presence at the Sundance Film Festival,” said WIF prexy Cathy Schulman. “This year’s panel celebrates female filmmakers who have taken on daring subject matter.”

Spiro’s “Skin” tracks a young taxidermist and small-town loner who is entranced by a girl who finds his work beautiful, and Shane and Wilson’s “After Tiller” documents the private and professional struggles of four physicians — all of whom were colleagues of the late Dr. George Tiller, a pro-choice advocate who was assassinated for his beliefs and practices, which included third-trimester abortions.

WIF joined L.A.-based shingle CalmDown Productions, Inc. for the third year to present the Women In Film/CalmDown Productions Grant. Spiro takes home $5,000 from WIF and CalmDown, 5,000 ft. of motion picture film stock from Eastman Kodak, $1,000 worth of scheduling and budgeting software from Entertainment Partners and $5,000 in post-production services from Technicolor.

Shane and Wilson nab $5,000 from WIF, as well as $1,000 worth of scheduling and budgeting software from Entertainment Partners.

WIF and Entertainment Partners will donate the remaining $8,000 grant in budgeting software to the Sundance Institute Narrative Program.

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