Sundance Names Six Transmedia Projects for First-Ever New Frontier Story Lab
The Sundance Institute facilities in Sundance, Utah. [Image courtesy Sundance Institute]

The Sundance Institute announced today the 11 lucky projects chosen for its Creative Producing Labs as well as the 42 producers and directors invited to the Creative Producing Summit in Sundance, Utah. The labs will take place from July 29 - August 2 and will provide each project's Producing Fellows the opportunity to advance their creative, communication, and problem-solving skills. They will also receive ongoing creative and strategic support from the institute and direct granting for further development and production. 

The Creative Producing Summit immediately follows the labs from August 2 - 4. The invitation-only gathering brings together 42 producers and directors (including the Producing Fellows) and more than 40 independent film industry leaders. Over the three day summit, participants can take part in case study sessions, panels, roundtable discussions, one-on-one meetings and pitching sessions. 

"Independent producers play a crucial role in finding, championing and shaping original cinematic voices," said Keri Putnam, the Executive Director of Sundance Institute. "We look forward to gathering with mentors and colleagues to support these talented Producing Fellows at our Lab and Summit."

Below you'll find a list of the 11 projects chosen by the Institute's Feature Film Program and Documentary Film Program & Fund.



Mark Silverman Honoree & Producer: Rowan Riley

Adelaide Aldridge is cunning, charming, and so obsessed with attention that she’s willing to shoot herself with a BB gun. When she meets a troubled young paramedic who seems capable of giving her the attention she so craves, the two form a flirtatious relationship based on staging fake medical emergencies. Told through an unapologetically comedic lens, Adelaide is about human connection, self-discovery, and the dangerous nature of first love. (Writer/Director: Liliana Greenfield-Sanders)

Originally from New York, Rowan Riley is an LA-based producer who works at Anonymous Content. Prior to arriving at Anonymous, she worked in the Film Finance Department at CAA and the Lynn Pleshette Literary Agency. In her spare time, she programs the Wassaic Film Festival with Liliana Greenfield-Sanders and occasionally blogs for The Huffington Post.

"King Jack"

Producer: Gabrielle Nadig

When shouldered with the responsibility of watching his younger cousin for the weekend, a delinquent 15 year-old finds himself stumbling towards maturity while struggling against the neighborhood bully. (Writer/Director: Felix Thompson)

Gabrielle Nadig is a New York-based producer and co-founder of the Brooklyn-based production company, Buffalo Picture House. As Head of Production at Buffalo, Gabrielle has helmed projects for clients such as Gucci, Volvo, and the New York City Ballet. She has produced multiple short films that have gone on to screen at festivals including SXSW, Tribeca, and the London Film Festival. Prior to Buffalo, Gabrielle worked for legendary independent producers Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler at Killer Films.

"Papaw Easy"

Producer: Brett Potter

Under the watch of his vain, ‘Modern Christian’ uncle, a shy boy forges an unlikely partnership with a foul-mouthed, down and out playboy. (Writer/Director: Martha Stephens)

Brett Potter is a co-founder of Calavera USA, a New York-based production company. As a narrative producer, he’s shown features and shorts at festivals all over the world including Sundance, Cannes and SXSW. As a commercial producer, his work has been featured on MTV, Pitchfork, SPIN and more. His recent credits include Martha Marcy May Marlene (Sundance 2011), The Fort (Sundance 2012), Burma (SXSW 2013) and The Places Where We Lived (SXSW 2013). Brett grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana.

"Pardon My Downfall"

Producer: Chris Ohlson

Pardon My Downfall tells the story of The Jibcutters, a country-western band as infamous for their debauchery as their musical talents, as they try to recapture their previous magic on one final tour through the American South. (Writers: David Zellner & Nathan Zellner, Director: David Zellner)

Chris Ohlson is an Austin-based producer whose first narrative feature, The Overbrook Brothers, directed by John Bryant, premiered in competition at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival and was released by IFC Films. Ohlson also exec produced Paul Gordon’s award-winning The Happy Poet, which screened at more than 40 festivals worldwide, including The Venice Film Festival’s independently run Venice Days section and was a co-producer of Bryan Poyser’s Lovers of Hate, which world premiered in the Dramatic Competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Ohlson has also won numerous advertising awards for his commercial work and has created a handful of experimental narrative shorts that have screened at galleries and museums around the world.

"Solitaire King"

Producer: Shrihari Sathe

Newly released Palestinian political prisoner, Ziad, does not feel he is the hero everyone hails him to be. Unable to relive past basketball glory, nor attain the girl of his future; Solitaire King follows a hallucinating Ziad determined to become the champion he believes is expected of him. (Writer/Director: Bassam Jarbawi)

Shrihari Sathe has an MFA-Film Degree from Columbia University and has received fellowships from the PGA, HFPA, IFP and Film Independent to name a few. Sathe’s feature productions have premiered at prestigious film festivals - Pervertigo (2012 Warsaw & Mumbai) and It Felt Like Love (2013 Sundance & Rotterdam). He is currently in post-production on his feature directorial debut Ek Hazarachi Note (1000 Rupee Note).