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Sundance Institute Announces Directors and Screenwriters Lab Participants for 2012

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood May 8, 2012 at 4:46PM

Congrats to the thirteen projects taken on for this summer's Sundance Institute annual Directors and Screenwriters Labs, which is held May 28 - June 28 at Robert Redford's Sundance Resort in Utah. Countries represented include the United States, Italy, Romania, Australia, Algeria, France, Chile and the UK.
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Cutter Hodierne (writer/director) / Fishing Without Nets (U.S.A.): A naïve and desperate young Somali man is coerced to join a band of local pirates as they embark upon a hijacking, but instead of the riches he was promised, he finds mayhem and chaos as his reward.

Just before Cutter Hodierne was born, his parents sold everything they owned, quit their jobs, and bought a 32 foot cutter-rigged sailboat, for which he is named. Accordingly, Hodierne spent the first three years of his life sailing in the South Pacific Ocean. At age 22, he toured the world with U2 on the biggest rock tour in music history, serving as their 'filmmaker on the road', shooting online content, and directing pieces for U2: 360° at the Rose Bowl. At age 24, Hodierne traveled to East Africa to direct the short film Fishing Without Nets, which won the Grand Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Clay Jeter (co-writer/director), Will Basanta (co-writer), and Charles Spano (co-writer) / Io (U.S.A.): Sam, a teenaged girl, is one of the last people on a post-cataclysmic Earth. With the final shuttle scheduled to leave the planet, she must decide whether to journey to the launch point and join the rest of humanity, or remain on Earth, a castaway in the only home she has ever known.

Clay Jeter grew up in Tennessee converting abandoned houses into skateparks and organizing extremely dangerous firework-battles in the outskirts of his neighborhood. After working as a freelance director and cinematographer for a few years in Los Angeles, Jeter returned home to the family tobacco farm in Western Kentucky to direct his first narrative feature film. Jess + Moss premiered at Sundance and went on to screen at the Berlinale, among numerous other film festivals in 2011.

Will Basanta became interested in visual media at an early age, and has worked as a writer, producer, and cinematographer on numerous projects of all types. In 2008, he shot Bouncing Cats, a feature documentary about break-dancing in Uganda. His first narrative feature, Jess + Moss, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Last year he spent three months in New Delhi shooting and producing Tomorrow We Disappear, a feature documentary exploring a colony of dislocated Indian magicians.

Charles Spano considers himself a student of the Werner Herzog school of "rogue filmmaking" – an expert at guerrilla tactics, renegade budgeting, and filming in adverse conditions. Spano has studied anthropology, hiked throughout California and the Northeast, bicycled the cobblestone roads of France, backpacked Nicaragua, filmed breakdancers in Uganda, directed in a bulletproof vest (when necessary), and has circumnavigated the globe. He lives in New York City.

Marialy Rivas (co-writer/director) and Camilla Gutierrez (co-writer) / The Princess (Chile): In the isolated Chilean countryside, a young girl negotiates the contradictions between her developing sexuality and her family’s religious sect.

Marialy Rivas is a Chilean director whose work includes features, short films, television, and commercials. Her short film Blokes premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and went on to screen at several international film festivals including Berlin, Sundance, New York Film Festival, and the Miami International Film Festival, among others. Her debut feature Young and Wild premiered in competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the World Cinema Screenwriting Award.

Camila Gutiérrez is a journalist who studied Hispanic Literature at the Universidad de Chile and earned a Masters Degree in Written Journalism at Universidad Católica. Her articles have been published by the Sábado magazine of the El Mercurio newspaper, the Las Últimas Noticias newspaper, and by Gatopardo, a narrative journalism magazine. She is currently working on the staff of The Clinic Online, an online newspaper. Young and Wild, which she co-wrote and which screened at the 2012 Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, was her first screenplay.

Debbie Tucker-Green (writer/director) / Untitled (U.K.): A contemporary drama set in London following the dynamics of one family trying to stay together.
Debbie Tucker-Green is a writer/director who has written for the stage, radio, television and film.

Eric Flanagan (co-writer/director) and Sam Voutas (co-writer) / White Faced Lies (U.S.A.): Set in contemporary China, where local companies hire white (but not necessarily qualified) Americans to lend them credibility, longtime conman Stanley gets a new assistant who may be more than just a colleague – he thinks Stanley is his long-lost father.

Eric Flanagan began his career in the New York television industry, assisting on productions for both scripted and unscripted content on Bravo and NBC. He was accepted into the inaugural class at Tisch School of the Arts Asia and went on to make a series of short narrative and documentary films. His short film Teleglobal Dreamin’, which he wrote and directed, won a jury award at the 2010 SXSW (South by Southwest), saw festival play at the Clermont-Ferrand, Edinburgh, Aspen, and Palm Springs film festivals, appeared on Wholphin Volume 10 and was sold to the Sundance Channel. He's currently based in Singapore.

Red Light Revolution, a Chinese feature Sam Voutas wrote and directed, had its US premiere at the 2011 Santa Barbara Film Festival before playing Cinequest, Cleveland, Atlanta, and winning the People’s Choice Award at the Singapore International Film Festival. The film was released theatrically in Canada, the UK, and Singapore, and became a viral sensation in China when it was purchased by Tudou (China’s equivalent to Youtube), racking up a million views in less than a week. That same year, Voutas was accepted into both the Berlinale Talent Campus and Toronto TIFF Talent Lab. Documentaries directed by Voutas have screened on TV stations across Asia including The Biography Channel and NHK (Japan).

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