We’re excited to announce that Chanelle Aponte Pearson has been selected as our new Vimeo Share the Screen Fellow. Chanelle is the director and co-writer of 195 Lewis, a web series that delves into the lives of queer black women who reside in Brooklyn. Taking its name from the address that several of the characters call home, the series provides a window into the lives of women who struggle to juggle relationships, work, and intersectional identities in modern New York City.
In 2015, Chanelle was awarded the euphoria Calvin Klein Spotlight on Women Directors “Live the Dream” grant at the 25th annual Gotham Awards for the episodic series 195 Lewis, her directorial debut. The pilot episode first screened at the 2014 BlackStar Film Festival and had its international premiere at the 2016 International Film Festival at Rotterdam. Chanelle also produced the critically acclaimed feature film An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, which premiered in the New Frontier section of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. As chief operating officer, Chanelle also oversees the management and operations of MVMT, a Brooklyn-based film production company.
Chanelle will join the Made in NY Media Center by IFP starting June 1st. She will incubate in our space six months, where she will receive the tools and support to develop her project.
We want to thank and congratulate all the participants that applied to the fellowship. The Vimeo Share the Screen fellowship is part of Vimeo’s ongoing efforts to help close the gender gap that prevails in the entertainment industry, fostering equality by supporting female-led video and film projects. All the incredible applicants that entered are proof that there are many talented female filmmakers creating inspiring work around the world.
Again, congratulations to the winner and welcome to the Made in NY Media Center by IFP!