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Film Independent Selects Documentary Lab Fellows

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 17, 2014 at 4:25PM

Among the many things that Los Angeles-based Film Independent does, besides the high-profile Independent Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, is provide crucial support to independent filmmakers. Every year a select few get chosen to participate in their Documentary Lab.
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Andrew Droz Palermo & Tracy Droz Tragos win the Sundance Grand Jury Doc Prize for 'Rich Hill'
Andrew Droz Palermo & Tracy Droz Tragos win the Sundance Grand Jury Doc Prize for 'Rich Hill'

Among the many things that Los Angeles-based Film Independent does, besides the high-profile Independent Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, is provide crucial support to independent filmmakers. Every year a select few get chosen to participate in their Documentary Lab, which is designed to help them during the post-production phase on a film.

In the past, participants have gone on to complete excellent work, among them Andrew Droz Palermo & Tracy Droz Tragos, whose "Rich Hill" won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, as well as PJ Raval ("Before You Know It"), Hilla Medalia’s ("Dancing in Jaffa"), Nicholas Wrathall ("Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia"), Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali Worrall ("Call Me Kuchu"), Laura Nix and Julia Meltzer ("The Light In Her Eyes") and Nicole Karsin ("We Women Warriors").  

Among this year's mentors are editor Doug Blush ("20 Feet from Stardom"), Laura Gabbert ("No Impact Man"), Linda Goldstein-Knowlton ("Somewhere Between"), Sundance programmer Caroline Libresco ("Sunset Story"), and Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen ("Marwencol"). Guest speakers at the Lab include Peter Broderick on Marketing and Distribution, Michael Donaldson on Legal Issues for Documentarians, and Susan Littenberg on her film "Everything Is Going Fine." 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.