Mentor of the Month

Janet Grillo Mentor of the Month

Mentor of the month

Janet Grillo
acclaimed filmmaker

Janet Grillo is being recognized as the Chime in Project Mentor of the Month for her contributions to women in film and for her passion to bring the reality of Autism to the big screen.

Janet Grillo is an award winning, critically acclaimed filmmaker, Emmy Award winning producer and former Senior VP of Production/East Coast at New Line Cinema.

Janet directed JACK OF THE RED HEARTS, starring Famke Janssen and AnnaSophia Robb, winning Jury Prize for Best Film at the 2015 inaugural BENTONVILLE FILM FESTIVAL, founded by Geena Davis to promote Women and Diversity.

In 2008, Janet won an Emmy as Executive Producer of the HBO documentary AUTISM: THE MUSICAL.

In 2011, Janet wrote, directed and produced the feature film, FLY AWAY, a film about a single mother of a teenager with severe autism. FLY AWAY premiered as 1 of 8 in Dramatic Competition at SXSW Film Festival. It won Special Jury Award for Best Performance at the ARIZONA International Film Festival, opening theatrically to excellent reviews in the NEW YORK TIMES, HUFFINGTON POST, NEW YORK OBSERVER and LA TIMES, which sited it as one of four independent films “most overlooked for an Oscar.”

Janet is the mother of a son on the Autism Spectrum and notably held a Board Member Position with CURE AUTISM NOW, which merged with AUTISM SPEAKS.

Currently, Janet is on Associate Arts Professor and Academic Director at NYU Tisch Kanbar Institute of Film and Televison.

Thank you Janet for championing women in the film industry and for bringing Autism Awareness to the big screen. Chime In Project applauds your pursuit to mentor others to live their best lives!

You can learn more about Janet Grillo’s pathway to success in her fascinating interview on our blog!

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