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by Nigel M Smith
May 9, 2013 4:55 PM
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Bart Layton and Musician K'naan Among Those Selected for Sundance's 2013 Directors and Screenwriters Labs

"The Imposter."

The Sundance Institute today revealed the 13 lucky projects selected for its annual June Directors and Screenwriters Labs, taking place from May 17-June 27. This year's high-profile Fellows include "The Imposter" director Bart Layton and rapper K'Naan.

The annual workshops give selected films a leg up in the independent film community in terms of financing and representation and make them likely candidates for the institute’s signature film festival. Ten films previously supported by the Institute’s Feature Film Program screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, including “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” “May in the Summer” and “Blue Caprice.”

Michelle Satter, Founding Director of the Feature Film Program, said, "We are very excited to support such a rich selection of projects that reflect the diversity of stories, artistic vision and innovation in narrative form that embraces the next generation of independent filmmakers. The support we provide through the Directors and Screenwriters Labs will allow each artist to develop the tools and confidence to more fully realize the promise of their first and second features."

Go to page two for the full slate of projects, with descriptions courtesy of Sundance.