The intensive four-week program allows participants to take their scripts to the next level through story sessions and meetings with established screenwriters, producers and film professionals.
This year’s creative advisors are Maya Forbes (“Infinitely Polar Bear”), Ligiah Villalobos (“Under the Same Moon”) and David N. Weiss (“Shrek 2”).
Guest speakers include past Film Independent fellows Ana Lily Amirpour
(“A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”) and Siân Heder (“Orange is the New
For the fourth year, Film Independent will also be presenting the Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television Screenwriting Fellowship, which this year goes to Tom Huang, who will be awarded a $10,000 grant to develop his script, “Dealing with Dad,” through the Screenwriting Lab.
The 2015 Screenwriting Lab participants and their projects are:
Title: “Dealing with Dad
Writer, Director: Tom Huang
Logline: Dealing with Dad follows the story of a slightly dysfunctional family dealing with the clinical depression of their Dad… whom everybody happens to hate.
Writer, Producer: Linda Yvette Chávez
Logline: Lucy, once Mexico’s preteen dancing queen, but now an immigrant mother with empty nest syndrome, rallies her sisters, Tere and Cati, together to give their ailing mother a reason to live by dancing in their local church talent show.
Writer, Director: Puja Maewal
Logline: Young Jaya survives Mumbai’s unforgiving streets by posing as a boy and living as a thief, but when she encounters a wealthy businessman who may be the father who abandoned her, she sets out to reclaim her identity.
Title: “The Midwestern”
Writer, Directors: Darren Grodsky & Danny Jacobs
Logline: After the Social Security Administration mistakenly declares him dead, failed travel agent Harry Pfeiffer tries to save his crumbling marriage and restart his life by collecting the life insurance. But doing so leads him into a labyrinth of murder and corruption that Harry is ill equipped to handle.
Writer: Q. Terah Jackson
Logline: Working in the political shadows of a young Dr. King, Bayard Rustin endures personal and public attacks for being gay in order to orchestrate the March on Washington of 1963.
Title: “The Short History of the Long Road”
Writer, Director, Producer: Ani Simon-Kennedy
Logline: After her father’s sudden death, teenage Nola becomes the sole owner of the van she was raised in. Through unlikely friendships forged on the road, she discovers a new way to motor a life.