Twelve Documentary Film Fellows representing five film projects have been selected to participate in the seventh Sundance Institute Documentary Edit and Story Laboratory, currently underway through June 27 in Sundance, UT. Work from the U.S., China, Israel/Palestine and the Philippines are represented in the group. Fellows are invited from the grantee pool of about 60 active projects which the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program is currently funding. Established documentary editors and directors join with Sundance Institute staff as Advisors to the Fellows.
Lab Fellows in alphabetical order are: Ra’anan Alexandrowicz (Directing Fellow), Michael Collins (Directing Fellow), Heather Courtney (Directing Fellow), Ramona Diaz (Directing Fellow), Ron Goldman (Editing Fellow), Kyle Henry (Editing Fellow), Stephen Maing (Directing Fellow), Leah Marino (Editing Fellow), Eric Daniel Metzgar (Editing Fellow), Jonathan Oppenheim (Editing Fellow), Trina Rodriquez (Editing Fellow), Marty Syjuco (Directing Fellow).
The Fellows will be joined by six Creative Advisors, including Directors and Editors, to “jointly engage in the creative process.” Editors: Kate Amend (Academy Award–winner “Into the Arms of Strangers” and “The Long Way Home”), Jean Philippe Boucicaut (“Citizen King”), Jean Tsien (“Shut Up And Sing,” “Please Vote for Me”), and Mary Lampson (“Harlan County,” “A Lion in the House”), Directors: Laura Poitras (“The Oath,” Academy Award nominee “My Country My Country”) and Robb Moss (“Secrecy,” “The Same Rive Twice”).
The films selected for the 2010 Sundance Institute Documentary Editing and Story Lab (with descriptions provided by Sundance Institute):
“Give Up Tomorrow” (U.S.)
After languishing for 12 years on death row in a Philippine prison, Paco Larrañaga finds hope when the international human rights community upholds his innocence and launches a grass-roots campaign that triggers the total abolishment of the death penalty.
“High Tech, Low Life” (U.S./China)
“High Tech, Low Life” follows the personal journey of two of China’s most well-known roving citizen reporters as they travel the country chronicling under-reported news and social issues stories.
“The Law In These Parts” (Israel / Palestinian Territories)
What happens to the rule of law when a democracy enforces military rule over a neighboring population in a territory one third of its size?
“The Learning” (U.S.)
“The Learning” follows four Filipino teachers recruited to from the Philippines to teach in Baltimore City. Across the school year’s changing seasons, the film chronicles the sacrifices they make as they try to maintain a long-distance relationship with their children and families, and begin a new one with the mostly African-American students whose schooling is now entrusted to them.
“Where Soldiers Come From” (U.S.)
Looking for money for college, a group of childhood friends join the National Guard when they graduate from their rural high school. Thus begins their 4-year-journey from teenagers stuck in their town, to soldiers looking for bombs in Afghanistan, to 23-year-old combat veterans trying to restart their civilian lives.