Thirteen new independent feature projects from the U.S., Cuba, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, and Palestine have been selected for the 2018 Sundance Institute Directors and Screenwriters Labs. At the Directors Lab (May 28th to June 21st, 2018), filmmakers will rehearse, shoot and edit key scenes from their scripts, working closely with industry advisors, actors, and production crews to help drive creative growth via an immersive and hands-on experience at the Sundance Resort in Utah.
The Screenwriters Lab from June 23rd to the 28th, 2018 fosters a similar environment of dynamic inspiration as participants focus on the art and craft of screenplay writing with one-on-one support from Institute advisors . Overseen by Feature Film Program Founding Director Michelle Satter and Labs Director Ilyse McKimmie, the Labs begin a year-round continuum of customized support for Fellows, which can include creative mentorship, granting, and guidance from industry professionals.
“We’re very excited to be supporting this remarkable group of storytellers whose work is defined by their bold and singular visions,” said Satter. “Using the art form of cinema to explore contemporary issues and our essential humanity, their films are deeply personal, powerful, and timely. We look forward to continuing our partnership with these artists as creative and strategic advocates throughout their filmmaking process.”
Advisors for the month include Robert Redford, Gyula Gazdag (Artistic Director for the Directors Lab), Miguel Arteta, John August, Ritesh Batra, Charlotte Bruus Christensen, Lisa Zeno Churgin, Sebastian Cordero, Joan Darling, Rodrigo Garcia, John Gatins, Lesli Linka Glatter, Keith Gordon, Randa Haines, Liz Hannah, Joe Hutshing, Azazel Jacobs, So Yong Kim, Ken Kwapis, Christine Lahti, Kasi Lemmons, David Lowery, Doug McGrath, Anthony Mackie, Walter Mosley, Dean Parisot, Rodrigo Prieto, Howard Rodman (Artistic Director for the Screenwriters Lab), Jennifer Salt, Susan Shilliday, Terilyn Shropshire, Peter Sollett, Dana Stevens, Robin Swicord, Joan Tewkesbury, Dylan Tichenor, John Toll, Audrey Wells, Tyger Williams, and Doug Wright.
Since 1981, the Feature Film Program has supported an extensive list of leading-edge independent filmmakers at Labs, including Ryan Coogler, Cary Fukunaga, Dee Rees, Benh Zeitlin, Haifaa Al Mansour, Damien Chazelle, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Marielle Heller, Paul Thomas Anderson, Miranda July and Quentin Tarantino, among many others.
Lab-supported films that premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to be released this year include American Animals, written and directed by Bart Layton, Monsters and Men, written and directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, Nancy, written and directed by Christina Choe, Night Comes On, co-written by Angelica Nwandu and Jordana Spiro and directed by Jordana Spiro, Sorry to Bother You, written and directed by Boots Riley, and We the Animals, co-written by Daniel Kitrosser and Jeremiah Zagar and directed by Jeremiah Zagar.