14 producers, nine projects completed program

Nonprofit Film Independent has concluded its 10th annual Producers Lab, featuring nine projects and 14 filmmakers.

The seven-week program in L.A. taught the skills of producing to aspirants selected based on the strength of their submitted script, business plan and creative vision. Participants studied under “Splinter” producer Ted Kroeber, “The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys” producer Meg LeFauve and producer Ron Yerxa as well as producers from films such as “Rocket Science,” “Winter’s Bone” and “Waitress.”

Film Independent, the nonprofit responsible for the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, hosts the free lab annually, this year with co-sponsors Technicolor and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

This year’s fellows and projects were Kevin Fitzmaurice Comer and Lulu Brud with “Before You Say Goodbye,” Andrew Fuller with “Brute Force,” Susan Dynner with “Free Ride,” Wade Gasque and Dominic Ottersbach with “Half Truth,” Nicholas Citton and Jason James with “Hey, Hey Johnny!,” Karen Michael and Deb Shoval with “Poppies and Olives,” Elizabeth Ai with “Saigon/24,” Matthew Medlin and Chris Byrne with “Stem” and Nicholas Bruckman with “Valley of Saints.”

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