This year’s Women of Chapman recipients have been chosen with funds provided to students producing their thesis films for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Funding is generously provided by The Women of Chapman Student Filmmaker Endowment, which has awarded nearly $300,000 to Dodge College students since being established in 2012.

Adrienne Brandes, chair of the student film endowment on the Women of Chapman Steering Committee, explained the importance of this award to her community, stating:

This award is the first time we’ve ever done anything at the Women of Chapman that wasn’t a brick and mortar raise. It was very important to me, as chair of this endowment, that it was something that went on in perpetuity, and went specifically to finishing the student films. I believe the students are our future and we will see their names on the big screen, as they say.

The following student projects were awarded funds:

Her Own Accord – $15,000

Director | Anna Maria Nicosia

Producer | Ellie Vargas, Producer

In a world of competitive figure skating, a passionate young skater is faced with the decision to satisfy her father’s wishes for her to be a successful pairs skater or skate on her own terms.

Holy Water – $12,000

Director | Cole Borgstadt

A small-town pastor finds out his wife has cheated on him in the wake of the rapture.

See You Next Summer – $12,000

Director | Scarlett Turner

Producer | Marisa Messina

Cinematographer| Emily Tapanes

When her parents get divorced, a loner teenage girl gets sent to a sleepaway camp for the summer, where she finds wacky traditions, fierce friends, and her first love.

The Hole – $7,000

Director | Jon J. Lee

Producer | Berit Bontems

A father’s and son’s relationship is put at odds when they discover a giant and never-ending (deep) hole.

T-Man and the Angel – $7,000

Director | Akshay Arora

Producer | Kate Zachary

Following the traumatic death of his sister, a young boy escapes into his imagination to hunt the monster that took her life.

Thank you to the Women of Chapman for their continued support of Dodge College and Chapman University! Congratulations to the recipients – we can’t wait to see your finished projects next spring.