The Sundance Institute today revealed the eight documentary projects chosen to participate in their 2014 Documentary Edit and Story Labs. 20 Fellows have been selected in total to take part.
Editors serving as Creative Advisors for the sessions include Joelle Alexis ("The Green Prince"), Lewis Erskine ("Freedom Riders"), Mary Lampson ("Harlan County USA"), Jonathan Oppenheim ("The Oath"), Kate Amend ("The Case Against 8"), Joe Bini ("We Need to Talk About Kevin"), Pedro Kos ("The Square"). Directors serving as Creative Advisors are Ra'anan Alexandrowicz ("The Law In These Parts"), Jon Else ("Sing Faster!") and Jesse Moss ("The Overnighters").
Tabitha Jackson, Director of the Documentary Film Program, said in a statement, "This
year's Fellows reflect a range of artistry, perspective and experience
that is part of a vibrant contemporary dialogue about nonfiction
storytelling. It is our hope that this rigorous lab environment
strengthens each project and engenders a creative community that bonds
Fellows and Advisors together."
The labs take place June 20-28 and July 4-12.
Artists and projects selected for the June 20-28 Documentary Edit and Story Lab (synopses courtesy of the Sundance Institute):
A Flickering Truth
Director: Pietra Brettkelly
Editor: Jacob Schulsinger
A Flickering Truth unwraps the world of three dreamers living amongst the dust of Afghanistan's 100 years of war as they struggle to protect and restore 8,000 hours of fragile film. What truths will emerge from the cloak of time?
Co-Directors: Robb Moss & Peter Galison
Editor: Chyld King
How can humankind dispose of and live with nuclear waste, a material that remains dangerous for a period as far into the future as we are from the Ice Age?
Like Ants for Sugar
Co-Directors: Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya
Editor: Menno Boerema
For nearly seven decades, the wonder of the movies visits rural India atop cinema lorries. Accompanying the showmen of touring cinemas on their magical journeys, Like Ants for Sugar witnesses their struggle to keep their cinemas running. 2014 brings a watershed moment in the survival of this beloved tradition.
Co-Directors: Lyric Cabral & David Felix Sutcliffe
Editor: Laura Minnear
(T)ERROR is the inside story of ******, an active counterterrorism informant for the FBI. Filmed on the ground, it captures the dramatic unraveling of the informant's 20-year career with the Bureau after the target of his investigation realizes that he’s been set up.
Artists and projects selected for the July 4-12 Documentary Edit and Story Lab (synopses courtesy of the Sundance Institute):
Down By Law
Director: George Amponsah
Editor: Michael Aaglund
Down By Law follows the childhood friends of Mark Duggan, a young man who was killed by armed police on August 4, 2011. This event is known as the spark that set the London riots in motion.
One Bullet Afghanistan
Director: Carol Dysinger
Editor: Ricardo Acosta
One bullet, fired in darkness, hits a teenage boy. This is thestory of one street and one family struggling to move on in the midst of war. and international forces way beyond their control.
Director: Amber Fares
Producer: Jessica Devaney
Editor: Rabab Haj Yahya
The Middle East’s first all-women motor racing team has come together in Palestine. What will it take to go further and faster than anyone thought they could? Speed Sisters captures the drive to follow your dreams against the odds, leaving in its trail shattered stereotypes about gender and the Arab world.
Co-Directors: Anna Sandilands & Ewan McNicol
Editor: Marco Perez
On the shores of a dying lake, neighbors in the once outlaw town of Uncertain, Texas, are haunted by their pasts and battling demons for a future more certain—a tender, humorous southern gothic tale.