Sundance picks fellows

The Sundance Film Institute has selected eight directing fellows and five writing fellows for its 13th annual filmmakers laboratory, which will be held in June in Utah.

The 13 were chosen from more than 1,000 submissions, and include:


Paul Anderson — Director of the Sundance Film Festival short “Cigarettes and Coffee,” Anderson will work on a feature-length version titled “Sydney.”

Steven Baigelman — A New York University film student, Baigelman adapted “The Year of the Zinc Penny” for Spring Creek Prods. He is working on “Monsieur Hire” for producer Allyn Stewart. At Sundance, Baigelman will work on the original screenplay “Feeling Minnesota.”

Akosua Busia — A native of Ghana, Busia is a film and theater actress whose first screenplay is “Seasons.”

Julie Hickson — A former development executive and producer of “Frankenweenie,” Hickson will work on her transition to directing with the magical fable “Memoirs of a Midget.”

Darnell Martin — Martin will work on her screenplay “Black Out,” which will be supported by Sundance and produced by Columbia Pictures.

Christian Taylor — A graduate of New York University, Taylor will work on a feature-length screenplay to his Academy Award-nominated short “Lady in Waiting.”

Jane Weinstock — A former art and film critic, Weinstock will work on her directorial effort “Twisted,” a sexy murder story about an architect and her client.

Naoto Yamakawa — Winner of a Sundance/Tokyo Scholarship Award, Yamakawa will work on his screenplay “Diamond Dust,” about a young man’s spiritual awakening.


Tim Brandoff — A New York playwright, Brandoff will work on “The Chelsea Projects,” which focuses on a young women’s emergence from her dysfunctional extended family.

Richard Elovich — Performance artist Elovich will work on a tragicomic gay love story “Spooky.”

Marga Gomez — A Harlem-born performance artist, Gomez will develop the tragicomic “Memory Tricks.”

Eric Overmyer — Playwright Overmyer will work on the film noir project “Dark Rapture.”

Sekou Sundiata — Poet Sundiata will adapt the 1960s and early 1970s retrospective “The Circle Unbroken Is a Hard Bop.”

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