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“Rich Hill,” “Totonel” selected for Sundance labs

The Sundance Institute is once again linking up-and-coming director and editor teams with established filmmakers, having selected 22 fellows to immerse themselves in the Documentary Edit and Story Labs, in support of nine documentary projects.
June 20, 2013

The Sundance Institute is once again linking up-and-coming director and editor teams with established filmmakers, having selected 22 fellows to immerse themselves in the Documentary Edit and Story Labs, in support of nine documentary projects.

The selected teams will descend upon Utah on June 21-29 and July 5-13  to learn from documentary filmmakers and Sundance Institute staff to work on story, dramatic structure and character development.

“The Documentary Edit and Story Labs are unique in the world in their rigor, candor and community-building focus,” said Cara Mertes, the outgoing director of the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Fund.

“Films and filmmakers benefit in extraordinary ways from the experience and dedication of some of the most renowned Editing and Directing Advisers in peer-to-peer engagement with staff and other participants over the course of the Lab.”

Participants selected for the June session are:

A Blind Eye (U.S.)

Director: Kirsten Johnson

Editor: Amanda Laws

Elephant in the Room (U.S.)

Co-directors and Editor: Ed Pincus, Lucia Small

Producer: Mary Kerr

The Last Hijack (U.S., Netherlands)

Co-directors: Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting

Editor: Edgar Burcksen

Street Fighting Man (U.S.)

Director: Andrew James

Editor: Jason Tippet

Totonel (Romania)

Director: Alexander Nanau

Editor: Mirceau Olteanu

Creative advisers include editors Mary Lampson (Harlan County USA), Mary Manhardt (American Promise), Jonathan Oppenheim (The Oath) and Richard Hankin (God Loves Uganda), and directors Carol Dysinger (One Bullet Afghanistan) and Ross McElwee (Photographic Memory).

 

The four projects taking part in the July Documentary Edit and Story Lab are:

An African Spring (U.S.)

Director: Elizabeth ‘Chai’ Vasarhelyi

Editor: Jay Freund

The Homestretch (U.S.)

Co-Directors: Anne de Mare, Kirsten Kelly

Editor: Leslie Simmer

Rich Hill (U.S.)

Co-directors: Tracy Draz Tragos, Andrew Droz Palermo

Editor: Jim Hession

Strong Island (U.S.)

Director: Yance Ford

Editor: Shannon Kennedy

The Creative Advisors for this session are editors Victor Livingston (Crumb), Kate Amend (Birth Story), Jean Tsien (Drivers Wanted) and Tom Haneke (American Teen), and directors Carol Dysinger (One Bullet Afghanistan) and Robb Moss (Secrecy).

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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