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Screenwriters Lab picks its feature film projects

Graff, Khouri, LaGravenese among creative advisers

Fostering the talents of a diverse group of screenwriters from the U.S. and Mexico, the Sundance Institute has chosen 12 feature film projects for its annual Screenwriters Lab, skedded for Jan. 14-19 at the Sundance Resort in Utah.

The lab allows participants to work under the guidance of established screenwriters, including artistic director Scott Frank. Creative advisers include Todd Graff, Callie Khouri and Richard LaGravenese.

Participants and projects selected for the January Lab are Phil Bertelsen (“Caucasia”); Tom E. Brown (“Pushing Dead”); Michael Burke (“The Mudge Boy”); “High Art” scribe Lisa Cholodenko (“Laurel Canyon”); Gary Hawkins (“Downtime”); Bryce Kass (“Westland”); Jim Mendiola (“Come and Take It Day”); Helen Schulman (“Certain Poor Shepherds”); Cauleen Smith (“I Am Furious Black”); Alfredo de Villa and Nathaniel Moss (“Little Angel”); Isaac Webb (“Blackbottom”); and Enid Zentelis (“Avon Calling”).

“As a whole, the work is bold in its approach … and fresh in its content,” said Michelle Satter, director of the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program. “In every case, we are supporting these independent filmmakers in seminal moments in their careers.”

Sundance labs have helped launch the careers of P.T. Anderson, with “Hard Eight”; Tamara Jenkins, with “Slums of Beverly Hills”; and, most recently, Kimberly Peirce, with “Boys Don’t Cry.”

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