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‘To Be Takei’ Producers Among 9 Projects Selected to Attend Sundance Institute Creative Producing Lab and Summit

'To Be Takei' Producers Among 9 Projects Selected to Attend Sundance Institute Creative Producing Lab and Summit

Jennifer M. Kroot, George Takei, Bill Weber

Jennifer M. Kroot, George Takei, Bill Weber

Daniel Bergeron

To Be Takei” producers Gerry Kim and Mayuran Tiruchelvam have been named as participants in the Sundance Institute’s Creative Producing Lab and Creative Producing Summit, both of which are taking place at the Sundance Resort in Utah this week. Kim and Tiruchelvam’s next project, a narrative feature, is one of nine projects selected to participate by the Institute this year. The lab and summit are part of the Institute’s year-round Creative Producing Initiative: a program that provides a combination of financial resources and creative guidance to independent producers.

The lab begins today, July 28, and runs until August 1. According to a statement issued by the Institute today, Producing Fellows will use the next few days to “work with an accomplished group of Creative Advisors to develop their creative producing, communication and problem-solving skills in all stages of film production.” The Institute will continue to provide support to the projects throughout the year.

Following the conclusion of the lab, the Institute’s annual summit will begin. A three-day invitation-only event, the summit is aimed at building relationships between independent filmmakers and top industry professionals working on the business side.

“Independent producers play a critical role in discovering, fighting for and shaping original voices,” said Sundance Institute Executive Director Keri Putnam. “Sundance Institute is committed to developing and supporting independent producers whose skills and tenacity are critical to maintaining the health and vibrancy of independent film.”

READ MORE: Sundance Reveals 13 Projects Selected for 2014 Directors and Screenwriters Lab

For the full list of this year’s fellows, narrative feature and documentary, see below.

FEATURE FILM CREATIVE PRODUCING LAB (descriptions courtesy of Sundance Institute)

“Black Bats” – Producing Fellows: Adam Hendricks and John Lang

Feeling cast out from society, two teens form a romantic relationship under the belief that they’re transforming into monsters. What begins as fantasy ends with horrific consequences as they both lose touch with reality. (Writer/Director: Rick Spears) 

“I’m No Longer Here” – Producing Fellows: Gerry Kim and Mayuran Tiruchelvam

Following the death of his older brother, a teenage Mexican boy is forced to migrate to New York City. When he arrives, he quickly realizes that the violence plaguing his home is no match for the feelings of alienation and loneliness he experiences in America. (Writer/Director: Fernando Frias) 
“Microchip Blues” – Producing Fellow: Riel Roch Decter
Fed up with his mundane existence working at the microchip factory, Jimmy teams up with a washed up mystic scientist to build the world’s fastest microchip, win back his ex-girlfriend and save his factory from going quantum. (Writer/Director: Aaron Beckum) 
“Tracktown, USA” – Producing Fellow: Laura Wagner
In a small American town obsessed with competitive running, a famous but sheltered and lonely young runner rebels against her parents, coach and everything she’s ever known in the midst of her first Olympic Trials. (Co-Writer/Director: Jeremy Teicher, Co-Writer: Alexi Pappas) 
“We the Animals” – Mark Silverman Honoree & Producing Fellow: Jeremy Yaches
Based on the bestselling novel by Justin Torres, We the Animals is about the brutal yet loving dynamic of a mixed-race working class family, seen through the eyes of the youngest son, as he discovers his heritage, his sexuality and his madness. (Co-Writer/Director: Jeremiah Zagar, Co-Writer: Dan Kitrosser) 
DOCUMENTARY FILM CREATIVE PRODUCING LAB (descriptions courtesy of Sundance Institute)
“Transgender Youth Documentary” – Documentary Fellows: Eric Juhola (Director), Jeremy Stulberg (Producer)
The Mathis Family in Colorado Springs struggle when their 6-year-old transgender daughter, Coy, is banned from the girl’s bathroom at her elementary school. Coy’s parents hire a lawyer to fight back and the family is thrust into the media spotlight, causing their lives to change forever. 
“(T)error” – Documentary Fellows: Lyric R. Cabral & David Felix Sutcliffe (Co-Directors/Producers)
“(T)error” is the inside story of ******, an active counterterrorism informant for the FBI. Filmed on the ground, it captures the dramatic unraveling of the informant’s 20-year career with the Bureau after the target of his investigation realizes that he’s been set up. 
“Uncertain” – Documentary Fellows: Anna Sandilands & Ewan McNicol (Co-Directors/Co-Producers)
On the shores of a dying lake, neighbors in the once outlaw town of Uncertain, Texas, are haunted by their pasts and battling demons for a future more certain—a tender, humorous southern gothic tale. 
“Speed Sisters” – Documentary Fellow: Avi Goldstein (Producer)
The Middle East’s first all-women motor racing team has come together in Palestine. What will it take to go further and faster than anyone thought they could? Speed Sisters captures the drive to follow your dreams against the odds, leaving in its trail shattered stereotypes about gender and the Arab world. 

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