EXCLUSIVE: Eliza McNitt (Black Hole), Olive Nwosu (A Burial), Dina Amer and Omar Mullick (Cain and Abel), Michael León and Ashley Alvarez (Crabs in a Barrel), Neo Sora (Earthquake), Yuan Yuan (Late Spring), Marja Bål Nango and Ingir Bål Nango (I Love My Guođoheaddji / I Love My Reindeerherder), Zandashé Brown (The Matriarch), Hasan Hadi (The President’s Cake), Daniele Anastasion (The Scout), Caledonia Curry and Meagan Brothers (Sibylant Sisters, Silent Snake Magic), and David Miranda Hardy (The Swim Lesson) have been named because the fellows for the Sundance Institute’s digital 2022 Screenwriters Lab, who will develop their unique tasks from January 15-18. Their scripts have been chosen from a pool of three,200 submissions.
The 2022 lab wil happen underneath the management of Michelle Satter (Founding Senior Director, Sundance Institute’s Artist Programs) and the Feature Film Program’s Deputy Director Ilyse McKimmie, with Artistic Director Scott Frank, Karim Aïnouz, Linda Yvette Chavez, Carlos Cuaron, Phil Hay, Marielle Heller, Amanda Idoko, Jenny Lumet, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Doug McGrath, Walter Mosley, Jessie Nelson, Jose Rivera, Eric Roth, Dana Stevens, Veena Sud, Chris Terrio, and Tyger Williams serving as inventive advisors.
“One of the highlights for us every January is gathering a new and uniquely talented group of storytellers at our annual Screenwriters Lab. It’s especially exciting to be together again where our Advisors and writing fellows will spend four days in our immersive lab online in intensive story meetings, craft workshops, and creative conversations, as the Fellows begin their cycle of year-round support,” stated Satter. “These sixteen writers, selected for their vision and distinctive voices, will form a lifelong community of filmmakers, and we’re thrilled to see the outcomes of the collaboration between the Lab Fellows and their mentors for years to come.”
Labs placed on as a part of Sundance’s Feature Film Program have supported and championed impartial filmmakers over the course of the final 40 years. Notable previous individuals embrace Heller (Diary of a Teenage Girl), Tatiana Huezo (Prayers for the Stolen), Lyle Corbine Jr. (Wild Indian), Radha Blank (The 40-Year-Old Version), Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Chloé Zhao (Songs My Brother Taught Me), Eliza Hittman (Beach Rats), Fernando Frias de la Parra (I’m No Longer Here), Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre), Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), Edson Oda (Nine Days), Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), Dee Rees (Pariah), Nia DaCosta (Little Woods), Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox) and Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar (Beasts of the Southern Wild), amongst others.
Lab-supported tasks debuting at this yr’s Sundance Film Festival, going down just about from January 20-30, embrace Nanny, which is premiering in U.S. Dramatic Competition, and The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future and Dos Estaciones, each of that are premiering in World Dramatic Competition. FFP movies screening within the Premieres part embrace God’s Country and Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul.
More data on this yr’s set of fellows and the movies they’re growing could be discovered under.
Eliza McNitt (Writer/Director) with BLACK HOLE (U.S.A.): At a pivotal second in each her profession and her sophisticated relationship along with her mom, an astrophysicist’s universe unravels when she encounters a black gap of her personal creation.
Eliza McNitt is a author and director. An Emmy Awards Finalist and recipient of the VR Grand Prize at The Venice Film Festival, her work has appeared at Sundance, SXSW, AFI Fest, Cannes NEXT, Tribeca, Telluride, and Venice. She’s at the moment writing and directing MARS 2080, an IMAX Experience with Imagine Entertainment.
Olive Nwosu (Writer/Director) with A Burial (Nigeria, U.Ok.): Faced with the sudden dying of a visiting British dignitary, an older Nigerian politician turns into obsessive about giving the overseas stranger a correct burial. He embarks on a relentless quest throughout Nigeria that forces him to confront the alternatives he’s made in his personal life.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Olive Nwosu is a BAFTA-Pigott Scholar, Alex Sichel Fellow at Columbia University, and an ‘African Promises’ director chosen by the Institut Français. Nwosu’s work is knowledgeable by the intersectional nature of her life throughout a number of continents and identities. Her mission is to inform pressing, cinematic, African tales.
Dina Amer (Co-writer/Director) and Omar Mullick (Co-writer) with Cain and Abel (France): The fates of two French-born Muslim Arabs born in the identical neighborhood collide as they discover themselves on reverse sides of the 2015 Charlie Hebdo assault: one a police officer, the opposite a terrorist. Who are these males beneath their uniforms, and what number of levels of separation actually exist between them?
Omar Mullick directed the function non-fiction movie These Birds Walk, which was theatrically distributed by Oscilloscope. He additionally co-wrote the screenplay for You Resemble Me which premiered on the Venice Film Festival in 2021. He is a documentary director of movies and numerous sequence at Amazon, HBO and CNN.
Dina Amer is an award-winning filmmaker. In her directorial debut, You Resemble Me, cultural and intergenerational trauma erupt on this story about two sisters on the outskirts of Paris. The movie premiered on the Venice Film Festival and was govt produced by Spike Lee, Spike Jonze, Riz Ahmed, and Alma Har’el.
Michael León (Co-writer/director) and Ashley Alvarez (Co-writer) with Crabs in a Barrel (U.S.A.): When her talentless frenemy is anointed because the “future of Latinx voices,” a struggling Latina author units out to sabotage this unearned alternative. After failing to recruit her buddies to affix her campaign, she catches a fortunate break when she learns her rival isn’t precisely who she says she is. Recipient of the Sundance Institute Comedy Fellowship.
Michael León is a Cuban-American author/director. His brief Crabs in a Barrel is an HBO Latinx Short Film Competition winner. In 2020, his play The Cubans had its world premiere at Miami New Drama. He is the co-creator of the immersive digital play Carla’s Quince (Drama League Nomination), and is at the moment engaged on a brand new Broadway musical.
Ashley Alvarez is a Cuban-American actress, author, and producer. Television and movie credit embrace Search Party, Law & Order, and Crabs in a Barrel (HBO Latinx Short Film Competition winner). She is the co-Creator of Carla’s Quince (Drama League nominee). Alvarez has carried out on the Williamstown Theater Festival, Women’s Project, INTAR, and Miami New Drama. Co-Founder of three Percent Films.
Neo Sora (Writer/Director) with Earthquake (U.S.A., Japan): Two teenage finest buddies residing in near-future Tokyo, the place earthquakes are a part of the material of life, should confront the top of their friendship as they navigate diverging paths in direction of maturity.
Neo Sora is a filmmaker, translator, and artist working in New York and Tokyo. His brief movie THE CHICKEN premiered on the 2020 Locarno International Film Festival. After being written up in Variety and Cahiers Du Cinema, Filmmaker Magazine named Sora one of many 25 New Faces of Independent Film.
Yuan Yuan (Writer/Director) with Late Spring (U.S.A.,China): A Chinese manufacturing unit employee travels to New York for her daughter’s eagerly anticipated faculty commencement, solely to be thrust right into a determined search in unfamiliar territory when she learns the woman is lacking.
Yuan Yuan is a Chinese writer-director and an MFA thesis candidate at NYU, the place she is an Ang Lee Scholar and Spike Lee Film Production Fellow. Her brief movie Heading South has received awards on the DGA Student Film Awards, Aspen, Palm Springs, Hamptons and Hong Kong International Film Festival.
Marja Bål Nango (Co-writer/Director) and Ingir Bål Nango (Co-writer) with I Love My Guođoheaddji / I Love My Reindeerherder (Norway, Sweden): A closeted homosexual Sámi boy navigates a secret boyfriend, a neighborhood legal plot, and household drama as he tries to realize his dream of residing as a reindeer herder along with his personal herding license.
Marja Bål Nango is a movie director, screenwriter and producer. Her newest brief, The Tongues, received finest worldwide brief movie on the 2020 Palm Springs Shortfest. She was a Merata Mita Fellow on the 2021 Sundance Film Festival along with her mission I really like my Guođoheaddji.
Ingir Bål Nango is a screenwriter. She beforehand labored as scriptwriter and host for Sámi Children’s TV at NRK TV, and was educated on the Norwegian Children’s Book Institute in Oslo. She wrote and co-directed Hilbes biigá, which screened at practically 30 movie festivals, and The Tongues, successful 4 awards, three of them at Oscar® Qualifying Film Festivals.
Zandashé Brown (Writer/Director) with The Matriarch (U.S.A.): When the dying of an estranged matriarch summons a fractured household again to their hometown in rural Louisiana, a forlorn teen makes an attempt to forge a relationship along with her departed grandmother via ancestral veneration and unlocks as a substitute a misleading world of spirits, secrecy, and hysteria. Recipient of the Sundance Institute Horror Fellowship, supported by the Ok Period Media Foundation Fund.
Zandashé Brown is a Louisiana born-and-based storyteller whose work funnels spirituality, catharsis, and a rural Black expertise via the lens of southern gothic horror. Her movies have been supported by Tribeca, Chanel, Kickstarter, and the New Orleans Film Society, the place she applications narrative movies for the New Orleans Film Festival.
Hasan Hadi (Writer/Director) with The President’s Cake (Iraq, U.S.A): While on a regular basis individuals wrestle each day to outlive underneath sanctions in Saddam’s Iraq, nine-year-old Saeed should use his wits to collect the elements for the required cake to have fun President Saddam Hussein’s birthday or face the implications alongside his household.
Hasan Hadi is an Iraqi author/director based mostly in New York. His brief, SWIMSUIT, received an Oscar-qualifying award at Urbanworld. Hadi’s recognitions embrace the Tisch Dean’s Fellowship, The Gotham-Marcie Bloom Fellowship, the Black Family Production Prize, the Sloan Foundation Award and the BAFTA Newcomers Program. Currently, Hadi is an adjunct professor at NYU’s Graduate Film Program.
Daniele Anastasion (Writer/Director) with The Scout (U.S.A): A lately widowed biologist is tasked with eradicating hundreds of birds accused of spreading illness from a landfill. When her younger son develops an surprising bond with the flock’s “scout bird,” each mom and son should take care of the complicated emotional fallout of their shared loss.
Daniele Anastasion is a author and director whose movies have screened at Sundance and Tribeca and have been nominated for an Emmy. Her first function documentary obtained the Sundance Award for Best Cinematography and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. The Scout is her first narrative function.
Caledonia Curry (Director) and Meagan Brothers (Writer) with Sibylant Sisters, Silent Snake Magic (U.S.A): Growing up with an absentee witch for a mom, the younger Sibylant Sisters should fend for themselves in a daunting world of ogres, gnomes, maleficent toads, and enchanted paper dolls. If they need to survive, they’ll have to learn to make their very own magic.
Caledonia Curry (aka Swoon) is an artist and filmmaker acknowledged for her pioneering imaginative and prescient of public art work. Through intimate portraits, animated movies, immersive installations, and multi-year neighborhood based mostly tasks, she explores the potential inherent throughout the inventive course of to behave as a catalyst for social change and interpersonal therapeutic.
Meagan Brothers is the creator of Debbie Harry Sings in French, a 2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and its prequel, Supergirl Mixtapes. Her third novel, Weird Girl and What’s His Name, was named considered one of Kirkus Review’s Best Teen Books of 2015.
David Miranda Hardy (Writer/Director) with The Swim Lesson (U.S.A.): Mara postponed her profession to boost her daughters, whereas her husband discovered success as a professor at an elite liberal arts faculty. After discovering he hid a sexual misconduct criticism introduced by a scholar, Mara develops a secret relationship along with his accuser, jeopardizing her household and the chance to restart her profession.
David Miranda Hardy is a Chilean filmmaker residing in Vermont. His political thriller Bala Loca proudly misplaced a Peabody Award to Better Call Saul, and was really useful by Variety, the New York Times, and Rotten Tomatoes. Hardy holds an MFA from Temple University and is at the moment an Associate Professor at Middlebury College.