Film Independent, the organization which produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Independent Spirit Awards, has announced the ten filmmakers chosen for this year’s Documentary Lab program.
The Documentary Lab is a seven-week program in which up-and-coming documentary filmmakers with works-in-progress are advised and given feedback by established documentary filmmakers and producers. This year’s Lab Mentors include “No Impact Man” director Laura Gabbert, “The Invisible War” producer Doug Blush, “This Film Is Not Yet Rated” prodcuer Eddie Schmidt, and Sundance Film Festival Senior Programmer Caroline Libresco.
The ten filmmakers and their projects chosen for this year’s lab are:
“American Revolutionary,” Grace Lee
A 96-year-old revolutionary philosopher in Detroit offers a voice of hope and a program of action for transforming her city, the United States and the world.
“Billy Mize & the Bakersfield Sound,” William J. Sanders
A performer on the brink of fame, Billy Mize’s story is a spectacular tale about identity and sacrifice in the music industry woven between acts of personal inspiration and horrible tragedy.
“Boone,” Christopher LaMarca & Katrina Taylor
Three goat farmers in Southern Oregon are transformed by the physical and emotional grit of living a life of self-reliance in Boone, an exploration of what is possible when personal beliefs are aligned with action.
“Cocaine Prison,” Violeta Ayala & Daniel Fallshaw
From inside Bolivia’s craziest prison, a cocaine worker, a drug mule and his little sister reveal the country’s relationship with cocaine.
“Dancing in Jaffa,” Hilla Medalia
Pierre Dulaine, an internationally renowned ballroom dancer, is fulfilling his lifelong dream of returning to his birthplace, Jaffa, to teach Palestinian and Israeli children to dance together. The film explores the stories of four children forced to confront issues of identity, segregation and racism as they dance with their enemies.
“Gore Vidal’s America,” Nicholas Wrathall
The film dramatizes Gore’s political and social views using recent interviews and historical footage and draws powerful conclusions on the fate and future of the nation through the eyes of one of its fiercest critics.
“Journey Into Africa,” Redelia Shaw
An Atlanta charter school 8th-grade class travels to Ghana, Africa to explore and connect with their ancestral roots. Through seeing life outside of America, they discover a new world inside themselves.
“Now En Espanol,” Andrea Meller
In a feature documentary that chronicles the ups and downs of being a Latina actress in Hollywood, Now En Español addresses issues of Latino identity and representation through the lives of the 5 dynamic women who dub Desperate Housewives into Spanish for American audiences.
[Synopses provided by Film Independent.]