Julie Parker Benello – Founder


Julie Parker Benello

JULIE PARKER BENELLO’s work has always been driven by a shared belief in the power of women storytellers to build and sustain movements for justice, equity, and health. Julie co- founded Chicken & Egg Pictures with Judith Helfand and Wendy Ettinger in 2005 to match strategically timed grants with dynamic mentorship and creative collaboration focused on story, craft, and community engagement for women documentary filmmakers.  She is Founder and Managing Director of Gamechanger Films, an equity fund that is actively investing in a slate of independent narrative films by women directors. Gamechanger’s first film Land Ho! by Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz premiered at Sundance 2014 and was released by Sony Pictures Classics this summer. Julie previously served as Executive Producer on Jill Soloway’s 2013 Sundance award-winning debut feature, Afternoon Delight (Cinedigm/ Film Arcade 2013); Dee Rees’ feature Pariah (Focus Features 2011); and Leigh Janiak’s debut feature film, Honeymoon (SXSW 2014/ Magnolia). She also co-produced the 2002 Sundance award-winning documentary, Blue Vinyl (HBO 2002), directed by Judith Helfand. Earlier in her career, she served as a Production Executive for the distribution company Non Fiction Films and as an archival researcher for the Discovery Channel series “Cronkite Remembers.” Julie is a member of the Board of Directors of The Global Fund for Women and The San Francisco Film Society.




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