The Hamptons International Film Festival, which runs every October, has today announced the participants of its' 12th Annual Screenwriters' Lab, which will run April 12-14 in East Hampton, NY.
Screenwriters' Lab is one of HIFF's annual events, allowing a group of screenwriters to have one-on-one mentoring sessions with established screenwriters from within the industry, advising them on how to develop their scripts and eventually move into production. Past mentors in the program have included James Vanderbilt ("Zodiac"), Mark Heyman ("Black Swan"), Whit Stillman ("Metropolitan," "The Last Days of Disco"), and Hawk Ostby ("Children of Men"), among many others.
This year's mentor lineup will feature director-writer Oren Moverman ("Rampart"), producer Lisa Muskat ("Prince Avalanche" "Compliance"), writer Andrew Bienen ("Boys Don't Cry"), and writer Bill Collage (The upcoming "Moses," and "The General"). In addition to this year's mentors, the festival also announced this year's six participants. These include Caveh Zahedi, Arnold Barkus, Sara Colangelo, David Schwab, Joan Stein Schimke and Averie Storck.
Additionally, HIFF has awarded The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation $75,000 Discretionary Fund Award to Casey Cooper Johnson's "Unmanned," which follows an Air Force drone operator splitting time between a remote base and his home in Las Vegas who begins to become unable to cope with his surroundings after a disastrous mistake. The award's stated mission is to help "the most promising science and technology feature project get into production." "Unmanned" plans to start production in late Summer/early Fall of this year.