Kornbluth, Bomback, Collins among those participating

Sundance Institute has announced 12 projects for its annual Filmmakers and Screenwriters Lab, which will take place May 29-June 25 at Utah’s Sundance Village.

Following are the writer-director participants:

  • Jacob Kornbluth, “The Best Thief in the World.” A young boy turns to breaking into apartments in an attempt to make sense of the turmoil that surrounds him in his own home.

  • Mark Bomback, “Disturbing the Peace.” Story follows an ordinary suburbanite convinced he is worthy of an extraordinary life and the rash choices he makes in hopes of attaining it. Adapted from Richard Yates’ novel.

  • Michael Kang, “The Motel.” Everything changes when 13-year-old Ernest Chin, trapped in the world of his family’s sleazy motel, befriends a self-destructive man.

  • Christa Collins, “P.O.V.” Ten San Franciscans find love, heartbreak and harsh realities as their lives intertwine during a period of 24 hours.

  • Jodi Gibson, “The Supreme Belief in Lady Luck.” Two people whose lives are governed by odds meet at a blackjack table.

  • Doug Sadler, “Swimmers.” In a small Maryland fishing town, a way of life is dying, a family is imploding and a young girl is discovering that life can never be the same.

  • Emily Hubley, “Reasons to Rhyme.” Pic follows a young woman’s search for her wallet through an animated and live-action world that is haunted by her dead father, populated by living objects and manipulated by a pack of capricious dogs.

  • Przemyslaw Nowakowski (co-writer) and Malgorzata Szumowska (co-writer/director), “Strangers.” A young girl decides not to terminate an unexpected pregnancy after discovering that she can communicate with her unborn child.

  • Charles Tonderai Mudede (co-writer) and Robinson Devor (co-writer/director), “Super Power.” At the end of a civil war, an African child-soldier returns to his destroyed village and tries to resume normal life.

  • David Rousseve, “Urban Scenes/Creole Dreams.” An elderly Creole woman and her gay grandson find the elusive connections between them in the telling of her true-life bayou stories.

Others in the mix

These filmmakers will be joined by the following writers and projects:

  • Matt Tauber, “All Fall Down.” Script explores the issues of family politics, sexuality and class as it follows two Chicago families from opposite ends of the financial spectrum.

  • Jessica Hagedorn, “Dogeaters.” Set in the Philippines during the last days of the Marcos regime, story intertwines tales of politicians, hustlers, beauty queens and radicals.

Gyula Gazdag is the artistic director for the 2002 lab. Filmmakers will work with a group of creative advisers that includes Robert Redford, Miguel Arteta, John August, Alfonso Cuaron, Anthony Drazan, Akiva Goldsman, Leslie Jones, Michael Lehmann, Christopher McQuarrie, Ron Nyswaner, Alexander Payne and Stanley Tucci.

The June Filmmakers and Screenwriters Lab is part of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, a year-round series of workshops and events that has previously supported Moises Kaufman’s “The Laramie Project,” David Gordon Green’s “All the Real Girls,” Lisa Cholodenko’s “Laurel Canyon” and many others.

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