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IFP Announces Fellows for 8th Narrative Lab

Photo of Bryce J. Renninger By Bryce J. Renninger | Indiewire June 11, 2012 at 11:56AM

The New York-based filmmaker organization, the Independent Filmmaker Project, has announced the 2012 Narrative Independent Filmmaker Lab Lineup.  The lab, which gives first-time feature directors a year-long fellowship, selected its ten fellows from a national pool of submissions.  The lab at the center of the fellowship will take place from June 11-14 in New York City.
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Leah Meyerhoff's "I Believe in Unicorns."
Leah Meyerhoff's "I Believe in Unicorns."

The New York-based filmmaker organization, the Independent Filmmaker Project, has announced the 2012 Narrative Independent Filmmaker Lab Lineup.  The lab, which gives first-time feature directors a year-long fellowship, selected its ten fellows from a national pool of submissions.  The lab at the center of the fellowship will take place from June 11-14 in New York City.

IFP's narrative lab focuses on low-budget features, with budgets below $1 million.  Past projects have included Lucy Mulloy's "Una Noche," Terence Nance's "An Oversimplification of Her Beauty," and Dee Rees' "Pariah."  The 2012 lab will be IFP's eighth edition.

Films included in this year's lab include Stacie Passon's story of a lesbian prostitute mother "Concussion" (produced by Rose Troche) and Leah Meyerhoff's "I Believe in Unicorns."

[Synopses provided by IFP]

Bastards of Young

Four early-30s friends meet at what ends up being their last annual Halloween party; but instead of celebrating career success are forced to confront darker realities: adultery, divorce, pregnancy - the basic issues that make adulthood more complicated than anyone expects it will be. Life in your 30s: not old, but definitely not young anymore. Fellows: Josiah Signor (Director/Writer), Robert Profusek (Producer), Ryan Silbert (Producer). Brooklyn, NY

Blue Caprice

Blue Caprice examines of one of the most charged and enigmatic events of the past decade: the 2002 shooting spree that terrorized the Washington, D.C. area and would come to be known as the Beltway sniper attacks. The film tells the story of the two snipers, Lee Malvo and John Williams, during the months leading up to the shootings, piecing together clues in an attempt to understand the circumstances and motives behind their horrific actions. Fellows: Alexandre Moors (Director/Writer), Kim Jackson (Producer), Stephen Tedeschi (Producer). New York, NY

Concussion

Abby is a lesbian housewife from the suburbs. By day, as her kids sit in school, she becomes a prostitute for women. Fellows: Stacie Passon (Director/Writer), Rose Troche (Producer), Anthony Cupo (Editor). Montclair, NJ

El Empantanado

Juan escapes after years in captivity at the mercy of FARC. His wife, Andrea, admits having an affair with his friend, Daniel. Not being free of sin, Juan decides to forgive. He and Andrea accompany Daniel to Key Largo for a diving weekend. There, Juan's PTSD forces them to confront their darkest secrets.  Fellows: Felípe Echavarría (Director/Writer/Editor), Maggie Drayton (Producer), David Marcus (DP). Miami, FL

Go Down Death

Based on the folktales of Jonathan Mallory Sinus, a man loses his leg to make himself whole, a frail boy learns the meaning of malignant, the village outcast must protect his precious face, ghosts haunt a war hero (but he'll haunt no one), mysterious explosions kill everyone, and Mr. Severe the Overseer watches the whole thing on film. Fellows: Aaron Schimberg (Director/Writer), Vanessa McDonnell (Producer/Editor).  Brooklyn, NY

Hide Your Smiling Faces

After a neighborhood tragedy, two adolescent brothers confront grief, love, violence, and their own mortality amid a surreal natural landscape. Hide Your Smiling Facesis an atmospheric exploration of rural American life through the often distorted lens of youth. Fellows: Daniel Patrick Carbone (Director/Writer/Producer), Matthew Petock (Producer), Zachary Shedd (Producer). Brooklyn, NY

I Believe In Unicorns

Davina escapes her obligations to her disabled mother by running away with an older boy in a whirlwind of romance and adventure. As their new relationship turns emotionally and then physically abusive, she attempts to escape to a fantasy world but ultimately must learn to face her stark reality and reconnect with the life she left behind. Fellows: Leah Meyerhoff (Director), Heather Rae (Producer), Becky Laks (Editor). Brooklyn, NY

Karaoke Girl

Balancing fact and fiction, dream and reality, Karaoke Girlfollows Sa, a young country girl who works at a karaoke bar in Bangkok to support her family back home. Fellows: Visra Vichit Vadakan (Director/Writer), Samina Akbari (Co-Producer), Perry Blackshear (Editor). San Francisco, CA

Land of Tomorrow

Set in a rural community in America's heartland, Land of Tomorrowtells the story of Betty, a wife and mother who fights to save her family's farm-supply business. When her husband Frank falls ill and their son Finley gets into college, the financial pressures become too much, and Betty commits an unthinkable crime for the sake of her loved ones. Fellows: Kimberly Levin (Director/Writer), Kurt Pitzer (Producer), Francesc Sitges-Sardá (Editor). New York, NY

The Forgotten Kingdom

Atang Mokoenya is an aimless young man who spends his days idling in the slums of Johannesburg. When his father dies, Atang must give up his selfish ways and fulfill his father’s humble last wishes: to be buried in the rural mountain kingdom of Lesotho, the country they left 15 years earlier in hopes of a better life. Fellows: Andrew Mudge (Director/Writer/Editor), TR Boyce (Producer), Terry Leonard (Executive Producer). Vershire, VT

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