Sundance Institute Picks 13 for Annual June Filmmakers and Screenwriters Labs
by Brian Brooks
Thirteen projects will once again participate in the June Filmmakers and Screenwriters Labs, hosted by the Sundance Institute May 27-June 26 at the Sundance Village in Utah. The Labs offer emerging directors and screenwriters an opportunity to develop new work under the guidance of experienced filmmakers, including Stanley Tucci, Miguel Arteta, and Peter Hedges.
During the first three weeks of the program, the selected eight filmmakers collaborate with professional actors and video production crews, shooting and editing key scenes from their scripts. Participants are invited to “experiment” with their material through this “dress rehearsal.” In the fourth week, the Screenwriters Lab begins when writers involved with five additional projects join the group to participate in one-on-one story conferences with creative advisors.
The participants and projects selected for the 2003 June Filmmakers Lab are:
Louis Pepe (director) and Keith Fulton (writer), “An Awfully Good Alibi,” about an out-of-work actor who ingratiates himself with a senile old man.
Caran Hartsfield (writer/director), “Bury Me Standing,” about the sudden death of a family member with five bereaved relatives.
Miranda July (writer/director), “Me and You and Everyone We Know,” about children and adults living in the digital age with impossible desires.
Hany Abu-Assad (writer/director), “Paradise Now,” which follows 24 hours in the violent lives of two Palestinian friends.
Teboho Mahlatsi (writer/director), “Scar,” about a gifted but impoverished boy on the cusp of fame who reinvents himself.
Dror Shaul (writer/director), “Sweet Mud,” a satirical look at life on a Kibbutz as a 13-year-old boy struggles with his transition to manhood.
Emily Hubley (writer/director), “The Toe Tactic,” which follows a young woman’s search for her wallet through an animated and live-action world that is haunted by dead, living, and otherwordly beings.
Elisabeth Subrin (co-writer/director) and Evan Carlson (co-writer), “Up,” about a dot-com worker who suffers a personal “crash.”
These filmmakers will be joined at the 2003 June Screenwriters Lab by:
Sterlin Harjo (writer), “Four Sheets to the Wind,” a mythical story that follows an American Indian family dealing with tragedy.
David Jacobson (writer/director), “Down in the Valley,” about a boy who learns to see reality from a man who never could.
Arash Riahi (writer/director), “For a Moment, Freedom,” which tells the intertwining stories of a group of refugees.
Mai Tominaga (writer/director), “100% Pure Wool,” which takes place in a magical house where old twin sisters live a fantasy world.
Carrie Mae Weems (writer/director), “Having a Ball, Wish You were Here,” which explores the Ball culture of New Orleans, where class and race commingle in a deadly mix.