Sundance Names Seven to Participate in Doc Editing and Story Lab
by Brian Brooks
The Sundance Institute has announced the participants and details of its inaugural "Documentary Film Editing and Story Laboratory," which will take place in Sundance, Utah June 20-25. Seven fellows have been selected to participate in the five-day program, including directors, editors and producers from four projects that have previously received funding from the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund. Lab participants will work with established and award-winning editors and directors on the editing phase of their documentaries.
The doc film-editing program is a part of the Sundance Institute's 'Documentary Film Program,' which was created to give doc filmmakers an opportunity to work with accomplished editors and directors as advisors in what the Institute describes as "an intensive environment." Participants are encouraged to take risks and experiment with their works-in-progress.
"Editing is a crucial component of storytelling, particularly in non-fiction filmmaking. There are few opportunities for documentary filmmakers to receive critical feedback during this challenging stage of the creative process," said Diane Weyermann, director of the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, in a statement. "We're thrilled to be able to offer this unique program and are excited to be working with this amazing group of filmmakers."
The participants for the 2004 Sundance Institute Documentary Editing and Story Lab are (information provided by the Sundance Institute):
Mercedes Moncada, director and Viviana Garcia-Berne, editor
"The Immortal" (Nicaragua/Spain)
Moncada tells the story of twin brothers from Nicaragua who fought on opposite sides of the Contra war during the 1980s, and their present day attempt to reconcile with each other in a divided and devastated country.
Shiri Tsur, director and Avi Banon, producer
"On the Objection Front -- A Personal Journey" (Israel)
The filmmaker presents the stories of high-ranking officers in elite units in the Israeli military who refuse to serve in the Occupied Territories and are willing to voice their objections.
Mark Becker, director/editor
"Romantico" is an intimate portrayal of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. through two Mexican musicians who play romantica music for tips to support their families in Mexico. The film exposes their struggles as they repeatedly cross the border in both directions in hopes of a better future.
Hank Rogerson, director and Victor Livingston, editor
"Shakespeare Behind Bars" (USA)
An all-male Shakespeare company at a prison in Kentucky confront their pasts and futures as convicts while they rehearse and perform a full production of The Tempest.
The Fellows will be working with an acclaimed and award-winning group of editors including: Alex Cooke, Jean-Philippe Boucicaut, Kate Amend and Richard Hankin. They will also be working with acclaimed director Robb Moss and award-winning producer/director Vikram Jayanti.