Sundance picks pic projects

Works selected include 'Dreamland,' 'Transit Café'

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Sundance Institute has chosen 13 projects for its annual Filmmakers and Screenwriters labs, running May 31-June 30.

Over the monthlong session, eight writer/directors will shoot and edit selected scenes from their scripts with actors and digital cameras, and participate in a weeklong Screenwriter Lab with the additional five writers.

Participants are mentored by a group of 30-plus advisers that includes Robert Redford, Sally Field, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Hardwicke. Lab is overseen by artistic director Gyula Gazdag.

Projects selected this year include Dante Harper’s “Dreamland,” the story of Timothy McVeigh; Catherine Stewart’s “Transit Café,” following three love stories in Johannesburg; Stew and Heidi Rodewald’s “We Can See Today,” about a black family and a Jewish family in 1973 L.A.; and writer Martin Moran’s “Celestial Navigation,” about a Roman Catholic boy’s sexual relations with an older man.

Other projects are set in the Palestinian territory, Pakistan and New Zealand.

Labs are part of the Institute’s Feature Film Program, which has developed projects such as 2005 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner “Forty Shades of Blue” and Warner Independent’s “Paradise Now.”

2005 Sundance Lab rojects

Taika Waititi (Writer/Director), A Little Like Love, New Zealand

Cruz Angeles (Co-Writer/Director) And Maria Topete (Co-Writer), Don’t Let Me Drown

Dante Harper (Writer/Director), Dreamland

Andrew Dosunmu (Director) And Darci Picoult (Writer), Mother Of George

Catherine Stewart (Writer/Director), Ansit Café, South Africa

Eva Husson (Writer/Director), Tiny Dancer

Stew (Co-Writer/Director) And Heidi Rodewald (Co-Writer), We Can See Today

Ryan Eslinger (Writer/Director), When A Man Falls In The Forest

These Filmmakers Will Be Joined At The 2005 June Screenwriters Lab By The Following Participants And Projects:

Martin Moran (Writer), Celestial Navigation

Jake Mahaffy (Writer/Director), Free In Deed

Sabiha Sumar (Writer/Director), Rafina, Pakistan

Annemarie Jacir (Writer/Director), Salt Of This Sea, U.S.A./Palestinian

Salvatore Stabile (Writer/Director), Where God Left His Shoes