The Tribeca Film Institute, in partnership with A&E IndieFilms, has just announced the projects selected for the third annual StoryLab for documentary filmmakers, which helps five filmmaking teams in various stages of production through one on one mentorship as well as master classes, industry discussions and networking opportunities.
This year the workshops will be led by notable filmmakers including A&E IndieFilms SVP Molly Thompson (“The Tillman Story,” “The September Issue”), film director/producer Rachel Boynton (“Big Men,” “Our Brand is Crisis”), film editor/producer Kurt Engfehr (“Bowling for Columbine,” “Fahrenheit 9/11”), film editor Sloane Klevin (“Taxi to The Dark Side”) as well as film producer John Battsek (“Searching for Sugarman,” “The Imposter”) and film director Amir Bar Lev (“Happy Valley,” “The Tillman Story”), who together will conduct a case study breaking down the story format of “The Tillman Story.”
The five projects selected this year are “Ask the Sexpert” about a long time sex columnist in India, “Man of the Monkey,” about an ex-Nazi’s relationship with his pet monkey on a remote island, “Free From What” about a group of exiled Iranian musicians living in Brooklyn, “Theo, Who Lived” about surviving capture by Al Quaeda in Syria and “Tower,” about America’s first mass school shooting.
Some successful past projects from StoryLab are “The Wolfpack” and “(T)error”, both of which won jury prizes at Sundance and went on to theatrical release. The event begins on September 28 at the Made In New York Media Center in Brooklyn.