The Sundance Institute announced today the 12 Documentary Film Fellows that will be participating in the seventh Documentary Edit and Story Laboratory, that runs through June 19-27 in Sundance, Utah. The Fellows will work on five selected film projects during their time at the Institute.
“Many of these artists have been following their subjects for years, reflecting a deep engagement with their subjects,” said Cara Mertes, Director of the Sundance Documentary Film Program. “We expect these films to be completed in the coming year, and given the breadth of topic and richness of story, we anticipate that they will have a great impact.”
The selected 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 five films selected for the 2010 Sundance Institute Documentary Editing and Story Lab are:
“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.