Dozen projects tapped for festival workshop

Sundance Institute has selected a dozen projects for its annual January Screenwriters Lab, to be held Jan. 15-20 at the Sundance Resort in Utah.

The projects include filmmakers from the United States, China, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. The Screenwriters Lab is a workshop aimed at giving independent screenwriters the opportunity to work on their feature film scripts with the support of established writers.

Projects selected are “Bluebird,” Lance Edmands (writer/director), USA; “Canary,” Craig Zobel (writer/director), USA; “Drunktown’s Finest,” Sydney Freeland (writer/director), USA; “40 Days of Silence,” Saodat Ismailova (writer/director), Uzbekistan; “HiM,” Lance Weiler (co-writer/director) and Chuck Wendig (co-writer), USA; “How Many Trainings Must I Take Before I Can Be as Hard as Steel?,” Cao Baoping (writer/director), China; “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” Sean Durkin (writer/director), USA; “May in the Summer,” Cherien Dabis (writer/director), USA, Jordan; “My Favorite Nightmare,” Myna Joseph (writer/director), USA; “Postcards from the Zoo,” Edwin Sumolang (co-writer/director) and Daud Sumolang (co-writer), Indonesia; “Slobs and Nags,” Dash Shaw (writer/director), USA; and “Unicorn Store,” Samantha McIntyre (writer), USA.

The projects selected for the Lab celebrate the breadth of independent filmmaking with screenplays that boast originality, innovation, and deeply personal voices,” said Michelle Satter, director of the feature film program. “For the first time, the Lab will support a transmedia project, which expands the narrative possibilities of a feature film by creating a storyworld that embraces film, gaming and technology to reach audiences across multiple screens in new and engaging ways.”

The creative advisors for the session include Lab artistic director Scott Frank, Sebastian Cordero, Naomi Foner, Rodrigo Garcia, Nelson George, Michael Goldenberg, Deena Goldstone, John Lee Hancock, Erik Jendresen, Richard LaGravenese, Jessie Nelson, Tom Rickman, Susan Shilliday, Zach Sklar, Dana Stevens and Tyger Williams.

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