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Julie Parker Benello, Judith Helfand, Wendy Ettinger
Julie Parker Benello, Judith Helfand, Wendy Ettinger launched and co-founded Chicken & Egg Pictures in July 2005.
Chicken & Egg Pictures is a hybrid film fund and non-profit production company dedicated to supporting women filmmakers who are as passionate about the craft of storytelling as they are about the social justice, environmental, and human rights issues that they explore on film. The company matches strategically timed financial support with rigorous, respectful, and dynamic mentorship as well as creative collaboration and community-building. Its filmmakers’ diverse voices represent a range of lived experience and realities that have the power to change the world as we know it. Past Chicken & Egg movies have included Eventual Salvation, with the Pariah team of writer/director Dee Rees and producer Nekisa Cooper; Mai Iskander’s Directors Guild of America-nominated documentary feature Garbage Dreams; Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers’ Lioness;Elizabeth Canner’s Orgasm Inc;Tony Hardmon and Rachel Libert’s Semper Fi: Always Faithful;Jennifer Redfearn’s Oscar-nominated documentary short Sun Come Up; and Cynthia Wade and Vanessa Roth’s Academy Award-winning documentary short Freeheld.
Julie Parker Benello has produced documentaries on health and environmental issues, beginning with the hourlong documentary Prostate Cancer: A Journey of Hope, which aired nationally on PBS in June 1999, and also including Judith Helfand and Daniel B. Gold’s award-winning HBO documentary feature Blue Vinyl. Prior to becoming an independent producer, she was an archival researcher for the Cronkite Remembers documentary series and a production executive with Non Fiction Films.
Judith Helfand co-directed the documentary The Uprising of ‘34 with George Stoney; and the award-winning HBO documentary feature Blue Vinyl and the documentary feature Everything’s Cool with Daniel B. Gold. She directed herself in the Peabody Award-winning A Healthy Baby Girl, a 5-years-in-the-making video diary about her experience with DES-related cancer. In November 2007, she was awarded a United States Artist Fellowship Grant as one of “America’s finest living artists,” to nurture, support, and strengthen her work. She is currently working on Cooked, a story about heat, poverty, and the politics of disaster.
Wendy Ettinger’s first documentary feature as producer, The War Room, directed by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker, was nominated for an Academy Award among other honors. She reteamed with the filmmakers on Moon over Broadway and The War Room Returns; her other documentary producing credits include Douglas Keeve’s Hotel Gramercy Park, which received a Jury Citation at the Tribeca Film Festival. Her first narrative feature as producer was the award-winning Eye of God, directed by Tim Blake Nelson. Her directorial debut, Baby I’m Yours, aired on the Oxygen Network.