By Peter Knegt | Indiewire June 3, 2013 at 1:20PM
Outfest has announced the 2013 Screenwriting Lab Fellows, with 5 individuals selected for the 11th year of the program: Adam Baran, Rosie Haber, J. Michael Feldman, Pete Mercurio and Julia Dwyer Sullivan.
“The fellows selected for the 2013 Outfest Screenwriting Lab have written fresh, exciting LGBT stories that depict the complexity and beauty of LGBT lives,” said Executive Director Kirsten Schaffer, in a statement. “The lab mentoring process has helped dozens of writers hone their craft and I am very proud of the three films that premiered at film festivals this year originally developed through the Outfest Screenwriting Lab.”
To be held in June, the workshop will include "sessions with other industry professionals, structured career development opportunities and participation in ongoing festival events." Recent scripts mentored through previous Screenwriting Labs include Yen Tan’s "Pit Stop" (Sundance 2013) and George Northy’s "G.B.F." (Tribeca 2013).
Since 1997, over 2000 scripts have been submitted to the Outfest Screenwriting Lab with a record number of over 170 submitted this year alone.
Outfest will announce the complete line-up for 2013 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival on June 6.
2013 FELLOWS AND PROJECTS
Adam Baran is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker, writer and curator whose most recent short film Jackpot recently won Best Short at the 2013 Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
The Hidden People : Two frustrated gay artists journey across Iceland in hopes of making contact with the country’s mythical “hidden people” and finding what’s missing in their lives.
Rosie Haber is a recent graduate of NYU’s Tisch Asia and a Global Social Change Fellow.
Soledad : Jackie and Ana Reyes have two young sons and own a local bakery in the small California town of Soledad. When Jackie is taken away by immigration officials, Ana must go on a nightmarish mission through detention centers to get her back – but a secret that Ana has been harboring for years may ruin any chance she has of keeping her family together.
J. Michael Feldman is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he created and performed numerous solo pieces, including Diagnosis: Jew Pain, about growing up gay in a conservative Jewish family. The show went on to tour fringe festivals in New York and San Francisco and garner multiple Audience Favorite awards.
Be Well : The story of Josh Birnbaum, a hopelessly idealistic romantic who faces an unexpected breakup as his 30th birthday approaches. Now, after 6 years of being in a codependent relationship, he's thrust back into the unforgiving gay dating scene in New York City. Alone and stuck in a painfully uncreative job as the writer of summaries of early-reader children's books, Josh goes on a journey of self-discovery and humiliation (mostly humiliation), as he attempts to find out if an authentic connection is possible in a world dominated by pumping techno and meaningless online hookups.
Pete Mercurio wrote the essay We Found Our Baby In The Subway, recently published in The New York Times. His family has been featured and appeared on CNN, Anderson Live, The Brian Lehrer Show, NBC-NY, and Parents magazine, as well as in various blogs and web sites around the world, including Huffington Post, Yahoo!, The Advocate, E! Online, and UK Daily Mail.
Found : The true story of a newborn baby boy left abandoned at a New York City subway station and how the man who saved his life, and his partner, became his dads.
Julia Dwyer Sullivan graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in Dramatic Writing. Her plays have been produced in many off-off-Broadway theaters including Center Stage (Developing Artists), Michael Weller Theatre (BadGirl Productions), The Riant Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Source.
Hag :Eight years out of college, Meg Maynor and her crew of (only gay male) buddies are still having a great time together in New York. But when her very best friend, David, falls in love with the wrong guy, Meg knows she has to save him and her urban family...at any cost.