Film Independent – the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival – has announced the screenwriters and film projects selected for participation in its tenth annual Screenwriters Lab. The lab will take place in Los Angeles from August 17 until September 16, and is designed as “an intensive five-week incubator designed to help writers improve their craft, and take their current scripts to the next level in a nurturing, yet challenging creative environment.”
Screenwriter and producer Meg LeFauve returns as this yearis Lab Instructor, and Lab Mentors and Guest Speakers include Allison Anders, Shauna Cross, Rodrigo Garcia, Dito Montiel, Kay Schaber-Wolf, Michael Sucsy, and Ligiah Villalobos.
“This year’s Lab has a talented and diverse group of screenwriters with remarkable stories to tell, and we look forward to guiding them through the process of getting their scripts to the screen,” said Film Independentis Director of Talent Development, Josh Welsh, in a statement. “Suzi Yoonessi’s ‘Dear Lemon Lima,’ which world premiered at this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival was developed in an earlier Screenwriters Lab, and itis so gratifying to showcase a Fellow’s finished work,”
The 2009 Screenwriters Lab participants and projects are (with descriptions provided by Film Independent):
El Flaco, by Jeff Seymann
In Arizona desert towns just beyond the Mexican border, young Flaco and his father Gonzalo harbor illegal immigrants for a local “coyote” to repay an old dept.
The End of Something, by Rory Kelly and Tim McCarthy
Rachel, a down and out recovering alcoholic, and Isaac, a young mentally ill drifter, meet by chance at a truck stop off the interstate and journey deep into the Oregon wilderness together in search of spiritual rebirth.
Grievous Angel, by Jessica Hundley
Exploring his role as the catalyst for a country rock movement that had him collaborating with The Rolling Stones and The Byrds, Grievous Angel is the amazing true life and tragic early-death tale of Sixties music legend Gram Parsons.
Gringita, by Monica Bider
American Helen Hartwellis comfortable life in Mexico City that she shares with telenovela writer Ernesto, turns grim when a large inheritance exposes Ernesto to possible extortion, violence, and family conflict.
Future Weather, by Jenny Deller
In this coming-of-age drama about coping with uncertainty, a 13-year-old girl’s plans to save the planet from global warming are trashed when her flaky single mom skips town to find herself.
I Am Not Werner Ernhard, by Steven Schardt
A man joins Werner Erhard’s EST, a seminal self-help program in early 70’s San Francisco, and finds himself caught between his own redemption and the ethics of an organization some would call a cult.
The Prettiest Girl, by Sasha Isaac-Young
Two friends try to keep things quiet after a girl they invite to go camping with them disappears into the woods.
Touchback, by Philip Flores
Pushed by a sick contest created by his older brother Truck and his friends known as “Tough Club” into the highly sexualized underworld of high school, smart, but awkward freshman Ted struggles to break free and overcome the dark fate that has trapped his brother.