The Sundance Institute, now in its 17th year, has picked 12 projects to be included in its 1998 January Screenwriters Lab, part of a year-round series of programs offered by the Institute. The lab runs Jan. 9-14 at the Sundance Resort in Utah.
“The Screenwriters Lab offers emerging artists the opportunity to work intensively on their scripts with the support of established screenwriters who are committed to sharing their knowledge with the participants,” said Michelle Satter, director of the Institute’s feature film program.
As part of the series, a monthlong June Filmmakers/Screenwriters Lab allows directors the chance to work with professional actors and video crews in rehearsing, shooting and editing their projects without the pressures of production. The last part of this process involves a second Screenwriters Lab that allows filmmakers to work one-on-one with professional screenwriters who serve as creative advisers.
The participants and projects selected for the 1998 Screenwriters Lab are: Patricia Cardoso, “Jose Gregorio”; Shirley Cheechoo, “Oh Just Another Indian”; Rodrigo Garcia, “Carol, Christine, Monica and the Others”; Evan Handler, “Time on Fire”; Brad Kaaya, “O”; Myra Paci, “Searching for Paradise”; Gina Prince, “Love and Basketball”; David Rousseve, “Urban Scenes/Creole Dreams”; Scott Saunders, Julia Stiles, Bob McGrath, “The Anarchist’s Daughter”; Alex and Andrew Smith, “The Slaughter Rule”; William Wheeler, “The Prime Gig”; and Stan Younger, “Deviant Sexual Behavior in Hollywood.”
Other independent filmmakers who have benefited from Sundance include Allison Anders, James Mangold, Walter Mosley, Tom Noonan and Quentin Tarantino.