Hoch, Cruz take gigs at Screenwriters Lab

Monologist Danny Hoch, playwright Migdalia Cruz and “American Job” director Chris Smith are just some of the 16 participants who have been selected by the Sundance Institute as participants in next month’s Screenwriters Lab.

The Lab, which runs Jan. 10-15, is an annual workshop at the Utah resort where emerging artists work on scripts with a group of creative advisers that this year will include screenwriters Alison Anders, Alice Arlen, Aida Bortnik, Robert Caswell, James V. Hart, Larry Konner, Armistead Maupin, Chris McQuarrie, Frank Pierson, Tom Rickman, Susan Shilliday, Lynn Siefert, Dana Stevens, Andy Wolk and artistic director Ron Nyswaner.

A nurturing mission

“Nurturing the work of new independent voices has been central to the mission of the Sundance Institute from the beginning,” says Michell Satter, director of the feature film program. “The Labs can help artists push their work to another level by providing them with concentrated attention from experienced writers.”

In years past, the Lab has played midwife to many seminal independent films including “El Norte,” “Mi Vida Loca,” “Fresh,” “Reservoir Dogs,” “Totally F***ed Up” and this year’s “Manny and Lo,” among others.

The projects selected for the 1997 Screenwriters Lab are:

Theodore Thomas and Andrei Codrescu’s “Baby Photo,” Jeremy Podeswa’s “The Five Senses,” Joshua Goldin’s “From the Life of Abe Brennan,” David Ayer’s “Harsh Times,” Garret Williams “Hyenas,” Mark Anthony Rolo’s “Indigging,” Greg Sax’s “Miracle Mile,” Philip Kan Gotanda’s “Otto, Migdalia Cruz’s “Salt,” Kimberly Pierce and Laurie Weeks’ “Take It Like a Man,” Gurinder Chadha and Paul Berges’ “Thanksgiving Day,” Chris Smith’s “The Winner” and Danny Hoch’s “Whiteboys.”

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