How Alexandra Shipp Prepared to Judge (and Dress for) the Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program
Chanel and the Tribeca Festival held their eighth annual three-day workshop for emerging filmmakers in New York this month. The collaboration with Pulse Films ended with a cocktail party on Thursday – where a $100,000 prize was up for grabs.
After listing each of the finalists’ projects and their distinctive qualities, actor Thuso Mbedu announced the winner after a drumbeat: “Fishtank” by Wendi Tang and Hongwei Wu – a film about a 28-year-old protagonist, Jules, who been sober for a year but keeps throwing up fish. As expected from a life-changing announcement, applause filled the space and tears flowed.
“Now more than ever, the unique perspectives of women must be at the center of filmmaking,” Tribeca co-founder and CEO Jane Rosenthal said in an official statement. “Tribeca’s core belief is that art can change the world, and our longstanding partnership with Chanel will pave the way for wider audiences to celebrate the power of storytelling through the lens of female, non-binary filmmakers. .”
Fashionista caught up with actress and activist Alexandra Shipp, who was on the judging panel alongside actress and director Jennifer Morrison, producers Bonnie Hammer and Riva Marker and actor Thuso Mbedu. Best known for playing singer Aaliyah in a 2014 Lifetime biopic, as well as roles in “Tick, Tick…Boom!” and Greta Gerwig’s upcoming “Barbie,” Shipp told Fashionista that making the decision was indeed a tough one.
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“I feel excited and a bit sad because you want everyone to win because they’ve all worked extremely hard to do so. It’s really exciting to be part of something where you’re helping facilitate a grant for young women or women- identifying people and having them do amazing art. But it’s also bittersweet.
Regarding her overall experience, the actress revealed that her main takeaway was hopeful, “Everyone has a story, especially one worth telling, and there are complexities for each person. as an individual,” she tells Fashionista. “When you look at the art and the visual storytelling, you understand that you are not alone. It was so beautiful because I was able to help people tell their stories because it means something. These are women, especially women of color. It’s something that’s relatable and I think we need that relatability in our world right now and to see ourselves on screen for once.”
Stepping into such a powerful role also means dressing the role. During the three-day event, Shipp rocked head-to-toe Chanel looks, and the final night was no exception. For the occasion, she chose a black, white and red tweed jacket paired with matching shorts and a slightly breast-baring white silk organza top, all from the fall 2022 ready-to-wear collection of the brand. Shipp accented her outfit with Chanel Mary Janes heels, as well as her “Coco Crush” earrings and diamond-set ring with Chanel makeup to complete the look.
“What I love about Chanel is that I can be fashionable but still comfortable,” she said. “I have incredibly long arms and a very small torso. When you think of me, you think of a spider. This jacket is super proportionate to my crazy long arms and these shorts are super cute too. I have hips and thighs and they fit me really well. You don’t always get that with really fancy brands.
See more photos from Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program Cocktail Party below.