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iW NEWS | Thirteen Projects on Tap for Sundance Directors and Screenwriters Labs

iW NEWS | Thirteen Projects on Tap for Sundance Directors and Screenwriters Labs

Thirteen projects have been selected by the Sundance Institute to participate in its June directors and screenwriters labs. Emerging filmmakers from the U.S., U.K., South Africa, China, Costa Rica and Brazil will participate in the programs which take place at the Sundance Resort in Utah May 26 – June 26 under the leadership of Michelle Satter and artistic direction of Gyula Gazdag. Projects participating in the June directors lab (May 26 – June 21) include: “Blood Abundance, or the Half-Life of Antoinette” by John Magary (writer/director, U.S.), “Casa Grande” by Felipe Gamarano Barbosa (co-writer/director) and Karen Sztajnberg (co-writer, U.S./Brazil), “Meadowlandz” by Moon Molson (writer/director, U.S.), “Pariah” by Dee Rees” (writer/director, U.S.), “Poletown” by Daniel Casey (writer/director, U.S.), “Return” by Liza Johnson (writer/director, U.S.), “Shockheaded Peter” by Frank Budgen (writer/director, U.K.), and “Tshepang” by Lara Foot Newton and Gerhard Marx (co-writers/co-directors, South Africa). Screenwriters lab participants (June 21 – 26) include: “Agua Fria de Mar” by Paz Fabrega (writer/director, Costa Rica), “All Fall Down” by Jonathan Wysocki (writer/director, U.S.), “Look for Water” by Jennifer Phang (co-writer/director) and Dominic Mah (co-writer, U.S.), “The White Circus” by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski (co-writers/co-directors, Canada) and “That Year When We Were Young,” by Peng Tao ) co-writer/director) and Zeng Wenwen (co-writer, China). “We are thrilled to be supporting such a promising group of filmmakers who bring authenticity, urgency, and innovation to their storytelling,” commented Satter, director of the feature film program in a statement. “The June Lab offers a place to fully explore the potential of their material and to develop their craft as screenwriters and directors.” [Brian Brooks]

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