Julie Parker Benello

United States

Julie co-founded Chicken & Egg Pictures in 2005 with a shared belief that diverse women storytellers have the power to catalyze change at home and around the globe. Chicken & Egg has supported Academy Award winners Saving Face and Freeheld in addition to Sonita, Trapped, Motherland and Whose Streets. Julie is also a co-founder of Gamechanger Films, the first for-profit fund dedicated to financing narrative features by women directors. Gamechanger supported films have screened at Sundance, Toronto, SXSW, Tribeca, and have won an Independent Spirit Award. Julie is currently producing the feature length documentary, Untitled Ohio Factory Film by Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar as well as the digital series Fundamental: Women’s Rights in a Volatile World with the Global Fund for Women, directed by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy. Previously, she Executive Produced Jill Soloway’s Sundance award-winning debut feature Afternoon Delight and Dee Rees’ feature film Pariah. She co-produced the 2002 Sundance award winning documentary Blue Vinyl for HBO with longtime colleague and director Judith Helfand and is executive producing her film project Love & Stuff. Recently, Julie founded Secret Sauce Media LLC to invest in non-fiction films, series, and digital distribution platforms helmed by women. Julie lives in San Francisco with her husband and two teenage daughters. She is a dual national of the US and UK. She supports women and girls human rights because she wants to see true parity in the world for all women across the globe in her lifetime.