Sundance salutes scribes

Writers lab part of the Institute's feature film program

The Sundance Institute has selected 12 writers for its annual Screenwriters Lab.

They include Dante W. Harper, who previously directed “The Delicate Art of the Rifle,” and Tom Gilroy, who wrote and directed the feature “Spring Forward” and the short film “Touch Base,” which bowed at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival.

The Lab is part of the Institute’s year-round feature film program, which includes an additional lab for filmmakers and screenwriters in June.

Josh Marston’s “Maria Full of Grace,” Darren Aronofsky’s “Requiem for a Dream,” Kimberly Peirce’s “Boys Don’t Cry” and Walter Salles’ “Central Station” are among the pics that the program has supported in the past.

January’s writers lab features four international projects from New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Brazil as well as eight North American projects.

Screenwriters who will work with program participants including Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal, Allison Anders, David Benioff and Zachary Sklar.

The Lab will take place Jan. 14-19 at the Sundance Village in Utah.

The participants and projects selected for the 2005 January Screenwriters Lab are:

Andrea Arnold (writer/director), England, THE ADVANCE PARTY: A woman obsessed with the loss of her family uses her job as a closed-circuit television surveillance operator to confront the man responsible for their death.

Taika Waititi (writer/director), New Zealand, CHOICE – In rural New Zealand, a young Maori boy struggles to find his place among his peers while learning what it means to be a man as he reconnects with his estranged father.

Cruz Angeles (co-writer/director) and Maria Topete (co-writer), U.S.A., DON’T LET ME DROWN – In a post-September 11th world filled with fear and hate, sometimes the only thing that keeps you from drowning is love.

Dante W. Harper (writer/director), U.S.A., DREAMLAND – A compelling look into the heart and mind of a domestic terrorist, “Dreamland” is the tragic story of Tim McVeigh, from his days as a boy dreaming of being a soldier to a man at war with his own country.

Tom Gilroy (writer/director), U.S.A., LOCATION – Hired as a location scout for an indie film version of Kerouac’s “On The Road”, a middle-aged idealist pretends he’s living a comedy and ignores he’s documenting a tragedy.

Darci Picoult (writer) and Andrew Dosunmu (director), U.S.A., MOTHER OF GEORGE: Torn between her African culture and new life in America, a woman struggles to please her husband and give him the son that will carry on his family’s legacy.

Adam Bhala Lough (writer/director), U.S.A., NEAR AS FAR: A surreal, subjective portrait of a troubled teenaged girl who suffers through the death of her best friend and desperately searches for someone to take care of her.

Philippe Barcinski (writer/director), Brazil, NOT BY CHANCE – Two men obsessed with control are put to the test when they realize they aren’t in command of their loved ones or the circumstances and events of their lives.

Vald Lazar (writer/director), U.S.A., PIETA – Born of a holy war, a child has but one choice – how he dies: defending those he loves or killing those he hates.

Stew and Heidi Rodewald (co-writers), U.S.A., THE SEVENTY-THIRD SUMMER: The vibrant and authentic story of the deeply intimate and complex relationship between two families – one black, one Jewish – living in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles circa 1973.

Catherine Stewart (writer/director), South Africa, UNDER THE FULL MOON OF CAPITALISM: Set in post-apartheid South Africa amid a volatile landscape of fear, hybrid cultures, and shifting identities, three unusual love stories intertwine with startling results on the streets of Johannesburg.

Cam Archer (writer/director), U.S.A., WILD TIGERS I HAVE KNOWN: A lyrical telling of the coming of age of a 13-year-old boy who learns to cope with his newfound sexuality and his unrequited love for the cool kid in school.

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