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Sundance Picks 12 Projects for 2014 January Screenwriters Lab

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 17, 2013 at 2:29PM

It's a big deal to get chosen for the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab, which has long been run by Michelle Satter, who founded the Feature Film Program back in 1981. As usual, the immersive, five-day writers’ workshop takes place at the Sundance Resort in Utah in January (January 10-15, 2014), where 12 projects from Sundance's international screenwriting fellows, selected from the United States, Latin America, Europe, and China, will get support from veteran writers on their feature film scripts.
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It's a big deal to get chosen for the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab, which has long been run by Michelle Satter, who founded the Feature Film Program back in 1981. As usual, the immersive, five-day writers’ workshop takes place at the Sundance Resort in Utah in January (January 10-15, 2014), where 12 projects from Sundance's international screenwriting fellows, selected from the United States, Latin America, Europe, and China, will get support from veteran writers on their feature film scripts. (The list of 12 projects is below the jump.)

What's the big whoop? Well, recent Sundance Institute Feature Film Program grads include current award contenders writer-director Ryan Coogler ("Fruitvale Station"), Haifaa Al Mansour ("Wadjda") and last year's Sundance hits, Andrew Dosunmu's "Mother of George," and David Lowery's "Ain't Them Bodies Saints." This year,  Ritesh Batra's international fest circuit hit "The Lunchbox" will screen as part of Sundance's Spotlight section.

Premiering at the upcoming 2014 Sundance Film festival are ten films supported by the Feature Film Program. The U.S. Dramatic Competition includes: "Fishing Without Nets," written by Cutter Hodierne, John Hibey, and David Burkman and directed by Cutter Hodierne; "Hellion," written and directed by Kat Candler; "Skeleton Twins," written and directed by Craig Johnson; and "Whiplash," written and directed by Damien Chazelle. The NEXT <=> section will include: "Drunktown’s Finest," written and directed by Sydney Freeland; "Imperial Dreams," written by Malik Vitthal and Ismet Prcic and directed by Malik Vitthal; and "War Story," written by Mark Jackson and Kristin Gore and directed by Mark Jackson. The Premieres section will feature: "I Origins," written and directed by Mike Cahill, and "Little Accidents," written and directed by Sara Colangelo. 

“The Sundance Institute Labs provide an environment that fosters innovation and creative risk-taking to allow artists to really take chances and push themselves and their work," says Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute. "The Labs are the first step in support programs that provides critical year-round and ongoing resources for some of the most talented and innovative independent artists working today.”

Satter reminds that Sundance's "support continues after the Lab through a robust suite of creative and tactical initiatives tailored to their specific needs.”

This year's batch of Lab creative advisors, led by Artistic Director Howard Rodman, includes Dustin Lance Black, Naomi Foner, John Gatins, Michael Goldenberg, Erik Jendresen, Patty Jenkins, Kasi Lemmons, Tobias Lindholm, Walter Mosley, Marti Noxon, Jon Raymond, Susan Shilliday, Zach Sklar, Peter Straughan, Quentin Tarantino, and Bill Wheeler.


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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.