Chanel and Tribeca celebrated women and film with an empowering lunch

Kicking off the highly anticipated Film Week, Chanel and Tribeca paid tribute to women in the industry at a festive luncheon to celebrate the Through Her Lens program. Hosted in one of Manhattan’s most iconic French bistros, The Odeon, guests such as Lucy Boynton, Cazzie David, Zosia Mamet, Chase Sui Wonders, Kyra Sedgwick, Rebecca Dayan, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyu, Anne Archer, Coco Baudelle, Pippa Bianco, Amandla Stenberg, Piper Perabo, Clara McGregor, Rosanna Arquette and Bethann Hardison were greeted with a towering display of seafood, decadent charcuterie and bites from the restaurant menu.

Once everyone entered and found a seat with a new or old friend, Tribeca CEO and co-founder Jane Rosenthal addressed the crowd.

“We are all women and we are all challenged,” Rosenthal began, “Our country is on the verge of overthrowing Roe vs. Wade and backtracking on women’s freedoms. It’s more important than ever for women storytellers to stand up and share their talents with the world. »

Since 2005, Chanel and Tribeca have hosted an immersive three-day mentorship program that provides industry support in addition to artistic development and crucial funding for women and non-binary writers and directors. From masterclasses focused on on-screen script development to musical composition and costume design, Through Her Lens fosters not only a community of emerging talent and film leaders, but also a family.

“Normal has never been so extraordinary,” smiled Rosenthal as he gazed at the bra-fullness of his colleagues, friends and family. The bedroom echoed this sense of intimacy. The Odeon’s square tables, which are usually draped in traditional white linens, have been replaced by bistro-style dining sets outfitted with bountiful bouquets of peonies. For the main course, servers handed out the restaurant’s sandwiches, tuna burgers, and cheeseburgers. Both paired perfectly with the plentiful supply of French fries.

Before the guests bid farewell to the afternoon, Rosenthal offered a few words of encouragement to the group. “Each of us here has a story to tell, and that’s what we need to do,” she explained. “We must tell stories that move hearts and minds, celebrate victories and shine a light on the darkest corners of our world.”

Luckily, the excitement in the room won’t stop there. This coming fall, the 8th annual Through Her Lens program will return to New York.

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