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Sundance Institute has selected a dozen projects for its annual January Screenwriters Lab, running Jan. 12-17 at the Sundance Resort in Utah. 

The Screenwriters Lab is a five-day workshop aimed at giving independent screenwriters the opportunity to work on their feature scripts with support from established writers.

Projects include John Leguizamo’s “Jess Sanchez: An Imperfect Life,” adapted from Leguizamo’s solo stage show; Maryann Keshavar’s “Circumstance,” centered on the ripple effects of a soldier’s death at the Iran/Iraq border; Patricia Benoit’s “Haiti Cherie,” focused on Haitian immigrants in America seeking to escape their pasts; Jorge Gaggero’s “Dog Security,” about the legacy of violence in Argentina; and David Riker’s “The Girl,” a tale of a south Texas woman helping immigrants cross the border.

Other projects and participants selected are “The Book of Internal Grammar,” by Nir Bergman; “Cold Souls,” by Sophie Barthes; “Green,” by Peter Craig; “Here,” by Braden King and Dani Valent: “Spoons,” by Eric Lahey; “Tshepang,” by Lara Foot Newton and Gerhard Marx; and “Water & Power,” by Richard Montoya.

Lab projects that received Independent Spirit nominations earlier this month include “Half Nelson,” “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints,” “Stephanie Dailey,” “Wristcutters” and “Wild Tigers I have Known.” Meanwhile, five films supported by the program are premiering at Sundance: “Four Sheets to the Wind,” “Eagle vs. Shark,” “Sweet Mud,” “Year of the Fish” and “Red Road.”