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Sundance Institute Chooses Documentary Edit and Story Lab Participants

Sundance Institute Chooses Documentary Edit and Story Lab Participants

The Sundance Institute has chosen 24 fellows representing nine films to participate in the 2012 Documentary Edit and Story Labs taking place this June and July at the Sundance Resort in Utah. The nine-day labs bring rising filmmakers together with experienced editors and directors to assist and speed up the post-production process.

Program director Cara Mertes said: “We hear from filmmakers that participation in this Lab speeds up their process by at least three months and allows them to rediscover their original intentions as storytellers.” The labs “recreate the invited teams’ editing rooms and provide them with an Assistant Editor and support staff, allowing them to benefit from high-level, focused feedback sessions, and then implement changes through re-editing immediately.”

More on the program and the chosen projects listed below. Here’s more on the Documentary Film Program.


Documentary Edit and Story Lab Fellows will be joined by DFP staff and seven Creative Advisors to jointly engage in the creative process. Editors serving as Creative Advisors are Ricardo Acosta (Herman’s House), Kate Amend (First Position), Carla Gutierrez (Reportero), Mary Lampson (Harlan County, A Lion in the House) and Victor Livingston (The Queen of Versailles). Directors serving as Creative Advisors are Robb Moss (Secrecy, The Same River Twice) and Frances Reid (Long Night’s Journey Into Day).

The Genius of Marian (U.S.)
Directors: Banker White and Anna Fitch
Editor: Don Bernier
The Genius of Marian follows Pam White in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Her son, the filmmaker, works with her as she attempts to write a book that tributes her mother, the renowned artist Marian Steele. As Pam’s family comes together to support her, they must also prepare for the new reality that Alzheimer’s disease brings.

Sembene! (U.S./Senegal)
Directors: Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman
Editor: Debra Anderson
A freedom fighter who used stories as his weapon: meet Ousmane Sembene, the dockworker and self-taught father of African cinema.

The Kill Team (U.S.)
Director: Dan Krauss
Editor: Lawrence Lerew
The Kill Team tells the story of U.S. soldiers on trial for war crimes in Afghanistan.

Match +: Love in a Time of HIV (U.S.)
Directors: Ann Kim and Priya Desai
Editor: Bill Anderson
In India – a culture obsessed with marriage but where AIDS is an unspeakable disease – can you find love and companionship if you’re HIV-positive? Ancient tradition and the new reality of HIV collide. Match + is the modern love story that results.

Studio H (U.S.)
Director: Patrick Creadon
Producer: Christine O’Malley
Editor: Doug Blush
Studio H spends a year in the life of one of America’s most innovative classrooms. Designer/activists Emily Pilloton and Matt Miller, together with their high school students, unleash the power of humanitarian design to help their struggling community in North Carolina.


Fellows will be joined by five Creative Advisors to jointly engage in the creative process. Editors serving as Creative Advisors are Kate Amend (First Position), Joe Bini (Cave of Forgotten Dreams), Lewis Erskine (Freedom Riders) and Jean Tsien (Shut Up And Sing, Please Vote for Me). Directors serving as Creative Advisors are Carol Dysinger (Camp Victory, Afghanistan) and James Longley (Iraq in Fragments).

Gideon’s Army (U.S.)
Director: Dawn Porter
Editor: Matthew Hamachek
Gideon’s Army is the story of public interest lawyer Jonathan Rapping, his wife Ilham Askia, and the young lawyers they are training to provide quality criminal representation to poor people in the South. Facing long hours, low pay and a hostile court system, which will be able to go the distance?

God Loves Uganda (U.S.)
Director: Roger Ross Williams
Editors: Benjamin Gray and Richard Hankin
God Loves Uganda is a journey into the heart of East Africa, where Ugandan pastors and their American counterparts spread God’s word and evangelical values to millions desperate for a better life. Inspired by his own roots in the African American Baptist church, director Roger Ross Williams seeks to explore a place were religion and African culture intersect.

Noces Rouges (Red Wedding) (Cambodia)
Directors: Lida Chan and Guillaume P. Suon
Editor: Saobora Narin
Between 1975 and 1979, at least 250,000 women were forced into marriages by the Khmer Rouge. Noces Rouges (Red Wedding) is the story of one of its victims, Pen Sochan, who pits her humanity against an ideology and a system designed to annihilate people like her.

Whose Country? (Egypt)
Director: Mohamed Siam
Editor: Hisham Saqr
Following Mubarak’s downfall, long time government loyalists are confronted with burning questions about morality, loyalty and the repressive activities of the former regime.

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