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Sundance Institute Names 2011 June Writer and Director Lab Participants

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The Sundance Institute has announced the screenwriting and directing lab fellows for its June Directors and Screenwriters Labs. The fellows will spend the entire month of June working on their projects with Creative Advisors and each other. The Directors Lab runs from May 30 through June 23; the Screenwriters Lab runs from June 25 through June 30. Says Michelle Satter, Founding Director of the Feature Film Program, "On the 30th anniversary of the June Lab, it is thrilling and humbling to commemorate the body of work that's come from the visionary group of independent filmmakers who have been supported by the Feature Film Program. Over the years, these filmmakers have inspired us with their storytelling talent, and helped us to refine a creative process that is rigorous, adventurous, and transformative."

With Directors Lab Artistic Director Gyula Gazdag , the following industry professionals will serve as Creative Advisors: Robert Redford, Michael Almereyda, John August, Scott Burns, Scott Cooper, Sebastian Cordero, Joan Darling, Suzy Elmiger, Robert Elswit, Sally Field, John Gatins, Michael Goldenberg, William Goldenberg, Deena Goldstone, Keith Gordon, Randa Haines, Catherine Hardwicke, Azazel Jacobs, Jeremy Kagan, Kasi Lemmons, Denis Lenoir, Peter Medak, Walter Mosley, Jessie Nelson, Tim Blake Nelson, Billy Ray, Howard Rodman, Susan Shilliday, Brad Silberling, Dana Stevens, Joan Tewkesbury, Barbara Tulliver, Audrey Wells, Bill Wheeler, and Doug Wright.

A complete list of the fellows and a brief description provided by the Sundance Institute follows:

The participants and projects selected for the 2011 June Directors Lab are:

"Adelaide"/Liliana Greenfield-Sanders (writer/director), U.S.A.: In this dark comedy, an eccentric teenage girl with Munchausen syndrome pushes her medical theatrics to extremes in order to win the heart of a handsome paramedic.

"Adelyne"/Holden Abigail Osborne (writer/director), U.S.A.: A woman finds her path living a solitary, monastic life in a forgotten corner of rural America, but a warrior of the woods and a family illness force her to reconcile spiritual living with primal purpose.

"The American People"/Keith Davis (writer/director), U.S.A.: In the heart of Alabama wiregrass country, a mother haunted by prescient visions of the future struggles to find hope and the strength to live again after the sudden death of one of her children just days before 9/11.

"La Raya"/Yolanda Cruz (writer/director), Mexico/U.S.A.: Destined to follow in the footsteps of the other men in his village, enterprising 11-year-old Papio has his heart set on emigrating north to the U.S.; after an abandoned refrigerator fortuitously appears, he tries to exploit its value to finance his journey, only to find that it may not ultimately be his destiny to leave.

"Little Accidents"/Sara Colangelo (writer/director), U.S.A.: A small American coal-mining town, rocked by the devastating effects of a mining accident a year ago, must now deal with the mysterious disappearance of a 14-year-old boy.

"The Storm King"/Carlo Mirabella-Davis (writer/director), U.S.A.: A rural family is plunged into chaos and violence by the return of their unstable daughter 15 years after her mysterious disappearance.

"Wolf"/Bogdan Mustata (writer/director), Romania: In this surreal tale, a young boy's dearest wish is realized when his absent father is quite literally reborn and joins the family once again.

"Zero Motivation"/Talya Lavie (writer/director), Israel: A tragicomic look at the power struggles of three female clerks over one year in an administrative office at a remote army base in the Israeli desert.

The participants and projects joining the directors at the 2011 June Screenwriters Lab are:

"Ajax"/Carson Mell (writer/director), U.S.A.: A band of alcoholic men adrift in outer space become at odds with one another after taking aboard a young woman refugee and discovering the purpose of their mysterious mission.

"Hurt Village"/Katori Hall (writer), U.S.A.: Based on the award-winning play, Hurt Village follows a soldier's homecoming from Iraq to a crumbling housing project in Memphis, Tennessee, that is being demolished by the city. When a haunting secret threatens to tear his life apart, the war abroad may be better than the war in the streets and the war inside his head.

"Red Olive Tree"/Karim Bensalah (writer/director), Algeria/France: Plagued by divided loyalties following the French-Algerian war, the recently deceased Ahmed miraculously arises to lead his bickering French family to his homeland, where they grapple with the consequences of the choices he made in life and allow him to find peace in death.

"Satra"/Sheron Dayoc (writer/director), Philippines: Swept up in the ethnic conflict of war-torn Mindanao, Satra, a tribal fabric weaver, hovers between the spiritual and real worlds, wrestling with the uncertain fate of her village and loved ones.

"What He Did"/Kyle Burns (writer/director), U.S.A.: After her estranged son commits a shocking crime, a mother searches for a way forward when the state forces her to care for a child she never wanted.

"Ad Inexplorata"/Mark Elijah Rosenberg (writer/director), U.S.A.: Ad Inexplorata is a multi-media fictional story about Captain William D. Stanaforth, a NASA pilot alone on a one-way mission toward the unknown.

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