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The Sundance Institute has selected 12 feature film projects for the annual Screenwriters Lab, which offers writers the opportunity to develop their feature screenplays in a community of accomplished screenwriters. The Lab will take place Jan. 12-17 at the Sundance Resort in Utah.

Participating writers will work with a group of screenwriters that includes John August, Reggie Bythewood, Carol Doyle, Tony Drazan, Naomi Foner, Nelson George, Stephen Gyllenhaal, Larry Konner, Malia Scotch Marmo, Douglas McGrath, Tom Rickman, Howard Rodman, Susan Shilliday, Zachary Sklar and David Veloz.

The participants and projects selected for the 2001 January Screenwriters Lab are: “George Washington” filmmaker David Gordon Green with “All The Real Girls”; title designer Peter Himmelstein with the baseball drama “Beautiful, Baby”; Sundance Institute’s Native Screenwriting Workshop vet Rod Pocowatchit with “Dancing on the Moon”; Baseline.com managing director Lisa Collins with “The Grass Is Greener”; artist and comics creator Kent Williams with “Kokoro”; playwright Moises Kaufman (“Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde”) with “The Laramie Project”; filmmakers Derick and Steven Martini (“Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire”) with “Lymelife”; award-winning animator Tatia Rosenthal and leading Israeli writer Etgar Keret with the puppet animation project “$9.99”; award-winning short filmmaker Jono Oliver with “The Other Ones”; Laurie Collyer, director of the documentary “Nuyorican Dream,” with “Shall Not Want”; Hilary Brougher, director of “The Sticky Fingers of Time,” with “Stephanie Daley”; and short- filmmaker Josh Sternfeld with “Winter Solstice.”

The January Screenwriters Lab is part of a year-round series of workshops and events offered by the Sundance Institute.

Sundance Labs alumni include Kimberly Peirce with “Boys Don’t Cry,” Gina Prince-Bythewood with “Love And Basketball,” Rodrigo Garcia with “Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her,” Darren Aronofsky with “Requiem For A Dream,” Tony Bui with “Three Seasons,” Chris Eyre and Sherman Alexie with “Smoke Signals,” Paul Thomas Anderson with “Hard Eight,” and Tamara Jenkins with “Slums Of Beverly Hills.”

The upcoming Sundance Film Festival features premieres of 10 Sundance alumni projects, including “Series 7: The Contenders” by Daniel Minahan, “The Business Of Strangers” by Patrick Stettner, “Hedwig And The Angry Inch” by John Cameron Mitchell, “Lift” by DeMane Davis and Khari Streeter, and “The American Astronaut” by Cory McAbee.

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