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Film Independent Selects 2015 Screenwriter Lab Participants

Film Independent Selects 2015 Screenwriter Lab Participants

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Film Independent has announced the screenwriters selected for its 17th annual Screenwriting Lab. The Lab is an intensive four-week program designed to help writers improve their craft and take their current scripts to the next level in a creative environment.

During the Lab, Fellows participate in individualized story sessions, are advised on the craft and business of screenwriting and are introduced to established screenwriters, producers and film professionals who serve as guest speakers and creative advisors. This year’s creative advisors include Maya Forbes (“Infinitely Polar Bear”), Ligiah Villalobos (“Under the Same Moon”) and David N. Weiss (“Shrek 2”). Guest speakers include past Fellows Ana Lily Amirpour (“A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”) and Siân Heder (“Orange is the New Black”).

Past Screenwriting Lab projects include Chloé Zhao’s “Songs My Brothers Taught Me,” which recently screened in competition at Sundance and in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, Robbie Pickering’s SXSW winner “Natural Selection” and Scott Prendergast’s “Kabluey.”
 
“We are thrilled to welcome this diverse group of artists into the Film Independent community,” said Jennifer Kushner, Director of Artist Development at Film Independent. “Each of these writers possesses a distinctive vision and authenticity in their work that we are proud to support.”

The 2015 Screenwriter Lab finalists are:

Title: “Dealing with Dad”
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.
 
“Fieras”
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.
 
“Jaya”
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.
 
“The Midwestern”
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.
 
“Rustin”
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.
 
“The Short History of the Long Road”
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.

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