A Dozen Writers Seleceted to Attend Sundance's January
by Eugene Hernandez
With the complete lineup for next month’s film festival set, the Sundance
Institute has announced the twelve projects and screenwriters that will
participate in the annual Screenwriters Lab which will be hald January 15 –
20, 1999 in Sundance, Utah. Each script and will be developed with the
writers and a group of estabished writers at the workshop.
Off-Broadway stage star John Cameron Mitchell will be in Utah with the
screen adaption of his popular musical, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” Also
making the trip will be 1998 Sundance award winner Darren Aronofsky (“Pi”)
with a new project entitled, “Requiem for a Dream.” Other notables include
Lynn Hershman Leeson (“Conceiving Ada”) with her new project, “The Memoirs
of Elizabeth Frankenstein” and Leslie McCleave (“Bliza Bargeld Stole My
Cowboy Boots”) with her new script, “The Shamrocks.”
A complete list of participants follows:
“The Business of Strangers” — writer/director Patrick Stettner
Stettner’s first feature tells the story of a successful businesswoman and
her new assistant stuck in an airport hotel. Their playful hell-raising
turns dangerous when they ancounter an executive who the assistant
identifies as the frat rat who raped her in college.
“Down to the Bone” — writer/director Debra Gralnick
A exploration of the difficult romance between Irene, a long time drug-user
and mother of two, and Bob, a recovering addict living in upstate New York.
“59” — writer/director Attica Locke
In an East Texas truck stop town, two bodies wash up in a bayou — a black
lawyer from Chicago and a local white girl. The lawyer’s wife follows her
husband’s trail to this seemingly sleepy town and must unearth the mystery
of his death, if at all, to that of the local girl.
“Hedwig and The Angry Inch” — writer/director John Cameron Mitchell
A cinematic adaptation of the Off-Broadway musical which relates the story
of an “internationally ignored” East German transsexual pubk chanteuse who
experiences sudden notoriety thanks to a tragic incident involving her
teenaged rock star protege.
“Hell” — writer/director Perry Lin
A psychological horror film in which a doctor and his niece have fled
revolutionary Cuba to lead a new life in America. Basking in his newfound
success, he proudly raises her into a beautiful young woman…only to
discover that what he desires is not the American Dream.
“Making Uncle Tom” — writer Stacey Adair
The inspiring story of two black men, one an angry firebrand comedian, the
other an assimilist actor. Together they embark on an exploration of
personal identity, community responsibility and redemption in the making of
the controversial film version of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”
“The Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein” — writer/director Lynn Hershman Leeson
An electrifying and erotically charged love triangle, a new interpretation
of the classic told by Victor’s doomed bride.
“Requiem for a Dream” — writer/director Darren Aronofsky
An adaptation from Hubert Selby Jr’s novel — a hyper-real free fall into
the deepest recesses of the human psyche.
“The Shamrocks” — writer/director Leslie McCleave
Cultures clash and friendships fray as a raucous team of Irish nannies
dominate the New York women’s soccer league.
“Silent Raven” — writer/director Princess Peter-Raboff
In an attempt to redeem himself for his father’s death, a young Native boy
finds himself struggling between the dualities of a modern Western society
and his own Native heritage. The game of basketball becomes his only means
“Stringbean and Marcus” — writer/director Tanya Hamilton
The mysterious death of ten year old Iris’ Black Panther father is brough
to light when an old Party friend returns from exile in Cuba.
“This Sweet Sickness” — writers/directors David Siegel and Scott McGehee
The story of a young chemist whose pretend existence with the woman he
loves, but barely knows, is destroyed when he accidentally murders her real