Sundance shines light on 13 projects

'Hi-So,' 'Four Sheets,' 'Peep World' among selections

HOLLYWOOD — Sundance Institute has selected 13 projects for the annual June Filmmakers and Screenwriters Labs, which take place at the Sundance Village in Utah May 25-June 24.

The writer-director participants and projects selected for the filmmakers’ lab:

  • Aditya Assarat, “Hi-So.” A coming-of-age love story set in modern day Bangkok.

  • Sterlin Harjo, “Four Sheets to the Wind.” A Native American and his family deal with tragedy in small-town Oklahoma.

  • Peter Himmelstein, “Peep World.” A darkly comic day in the life of a family tormented by fact, fiction and mortality.

  • Zoe Hopkins, “Cherry Blossoms.” A Native girl builds a relationship with the father she never knew in her ceremonial passage to womanhood.

  • Orlando “Dito” Montiel, “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints.” A young man’s hunger for experience and loyalties that bind him to a violent past.

  • Kieran and Michele Mulroney, “Paper Man.” A coming-of-middle-age story set during a lonely winter on Cape Cod.

  • Kazuo Ohno, “Mr. Crumpacker and the Man from the Letter.” An overbearing boss reconfigures his company as a place of philosophical inquiry.

  • Richard Press, “Virtual Love.” The true story of Paul Monette’s harrowing friendship with Tony Johnson, a charismatic 15-year-old abuse survivor — until it begins to seem that maybe he didn’t exist.

These filmmakers will be joined at the screenwriters lab by the following participants:

  • Ryan Eslinger, “When a Man Falls in the Forest.” n Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, “Half Nelson.” n Juliana Francis, “Saint Latrice.” n Fatima Jebli-Ouazzani, “Halima’s Paradise.” n Catherine Stewart, “The Moon, Under Late Capitalism.”

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