By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 5, 2013 at 12:48PM
Film Independent has announced the filmmakers and projects for its 12th annual Directing Lab. The lab runs February 4 through mid-April, and is an intensive program in Los Angeles designed to assist directors in developing narrative feature films, and to advance their careers in a nurturing and creative environment.
This year's lab mentors include James Ponsoldt ("The Spectacular Now," "Smashed"), Karen Moncreiff ("The Trials of Kate McCall," "The Dead Girl") and Angela Robinson ("True Blood," "The L Word").
Lab filmmakers are provided digital camera and sound packages and a cash stipend to shoot scenes, as well as access to a variety of production resources. Filmmakers receive script feedback from the lab mentors, and are taught how to break down scripts into shot lists, collaborate with cinematographers and construct scenes in the editing process. They are also introduced to established directors and film professionals who provide one-on-one mentorship and guidance in and beyond the program.
The 2013 Film Independent Directing Lab filmmakers and their projects are:
A Death in the Andes (Nicholas Greene) – In a desperate attempt to save his mother from a rare disease, Carlos, a fiery campesino from the Bolivian highlands, ventures to the city and attempts to abduct an American doctor. As they are caught up in a world of urban criminals and a violent local protest, he is forced to confront both his distrust of foreigners and his fear of death.
Carolina Highway Killer (Jacob Hatley) – A truck stop hustling party girl faces off against one very bad trucker.
Folsom Street (Krisy Gosney) – A lesbian couple, in early 1990s San Francisco, undergoes shock waves of changing perception and identity when one of them changes sex while their neighborhood is pillaged by the Dot Com boom.
God Love Stu (Aldo Velasco) – The incredible true story of Stu Rasmussen, who convinced his conservative hometown in Oregon to elect him as the first transgender mayor in history.
New Mexican Rain (Amber Sealey) – Itʼs 1983 and 11-year-old Rain wants sex. With her parents just divorced, sheʼs about to understand what that really means.
Straight Edge (Daniel Casey) – Vick, a lonely and sickly sixteen-year-old, changes forever when he falls into the rebellious, tumultuous, and sometimes violent world of straight edge punk culture.
Sunday Billy Sunday (Morna Ciraki) – In an unholy collision of religious fervor and psycho-pathology, Father Billy Acosta, desperate to talk to God, sets out to kill 99 teen campers in East Texas, hoping to spark Divine Intervention.
Untitled Amazon Project (Alex Moratto) – When armed loggers threaten to evict their family from their rural home in the Amazon, two brothers smuggle rare lumber in hopes of selling it on the black market for money to save their land.