The Sundance Institute has picked 12 projects to participate in their January Screenwriters Lab. The workshop provides writers the opportunity to find financing and other resources for their films. It also gives them a shot at participating in the famed festival. Of the 12 projects selected, 6 are written or co-written by women. This continues Sundance’s 2013 streak of having women majorly represented.
Here are the women chosen. All synopses are from Indiewire. You can find a full list linked below.
700th and International (U.S.A.), Chinaka Hodge (writer)
A trash-talking hood track phenomenon named Tuka dies by an unexpected bullet; she awakes to find herself in a corrupt version of heaven where everyone has a job—namely, to decide the exact moment of death for someone still living on earth.
The Adderall Diaries (U.S.A.), Pamela Romanowsky (writer/director)
While covering a real-life murder mystery, writer Stephen Elliott realizes he’d rather investigate his own dysfunctional relationships with women, his father and himself. Based on the memoir by Stephen Elliott.
Avalanche (Iran), Morteza Farshbaf (co-writer/director) and Anahita Ghazvinizadeh (co-writer)
When a nurse takes the graveyard shift, a period of sleeplessness and solitude leaves her with a new perspective on her life.
Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name (U.K. / Germany / U.S.A.), Eva Weber (co-writer/director) and Vendela Vida (co-writer)
Twenty-eight-year-old Clarissa discovers on the day of her father’s funeral that everything she believed about her life was a lie. She flees New York and travels to the Arctic Circle to uncover the secrets of her mother who mysteriously vanished when Clarissa was fourteen. Based on Vendela Vida’s novel.
State Like Sleep (U.S.A.), Meredith Danluck (writer/director)
Under the surreal cloud cover of northern Europe, a young American widow reluctantly revisits her past when her mother is hospitalized in Brussels. While coping with the bleak reality of parental loss, Katherine explores her deceased husband’s secret life of underground sex clubs and finds comfort in a relationship with a stranger as equally broken as she is.
And the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (given to a project that explores science and technology themes and characters) was awarded to the wrters of Prodigal Summer (U.S.A.), Nicole Kassell (co-writer/director) and Barbara Kingsolver (co-writer)
Prodigal Summer, based on the best-selling novel by Barbara Kingsolver, weaves together three utterly unexpected love stories through the course of one summer in southern Appalachia. In this extravagant ode to the natural orders of biology and the human spirit, the forces of life, death and procreation connect every life that inhabits the lush landscape.