Most participants are experienced filmmakers

RIO DE JANEIRO — The eighth Sundance Brazil Screenwriters lab will be held Aug 6-10, with John Cameron Mitchell (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”), Trey Ellis (“Home Repairs” and “The Inkwell”), and Jessica Bendinger (“Bring It On” and HBO’s “Sex & The City”) on hand as script advisors.

Other international advisors are Mexicans Maria Amparo Escandon (“Santitos”) and Beatriz Novaro (“Danzon).”

Local advisors are directors/scribes Jorge Duran (“The Kiss of the Spiderwoman”) and Claudio MacDowell (“O toque do oboe”) and writers Braulio Mantovani (“City of God”), Marcos Bernstein (“Central Station”) and Melanie Dimantas (“Carlota Joaquina”).

Sundance waded through 186 applicants for this year’s lab, and, as in years past, most participants are experienced filmmakers. They are directors/scriptwriters Cao Hamburguer (“Castelo de ra-tim-bum”), Guilherme de Almeida Prado (“A dama do cine shangai”), Carlos Gerbase (“Tolerancia”), Lucia Murat (“Brave Brazilian People”) and Ricardo Bravo (“Oriundi)”; scribes Carlos Alberto Ratton (“Amor e cia”) and Paulo Lins (“City of God”); and indie TV producer and documentary maker Sandra Kogut.

The event will be held in mountain town of Nogueira, outside Rio, and is sponsored by commercial social service SESC, the Rio State Culture Secretariat and the Brazilian Audiovisual Institute.

The lab will open in Rio first with the local preem of Anna Muylaert’s “Durval Discos”, a script from the 1998 lab.

The Sundance event has become an important feature of the local film industry calendar.

Films that have emerged from the labs have included some of the most important local productions and pics that secured intl distribution, including “Central Station,” “Me, You, Them,” “The Trespasser” and “City of God.”

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