The Sundance Institute has chosen 20 fellows representing eight doc projects as part of its 2014 Documentary Edit and Story Labs, held in June and July.
The two labs – which run from June 20-28 and July 4-12 at the Sundance Resort in Utah - unite director and editor teams with doc filmmakers. They are part of 10 summer residential labs hosted by the Sundance Institute in order to provide residency support and mentorship for new independent film and theater projects from the U.S. and abroad.
Editors serving as creative advisers for the June session are Joelle Alexis (The Green Prince), Lewis Erskine (Freedom Riders), Mary Lampson (Harlan County USA) and Jonathan Oppenheim (The Oath), while directors include Ra’anan Alexandrowicz (The Law In These Parts), Jon Else (Sing Faster!) and Jesse Moss (The Overnighters).
For the second July session, participating editors are Kate Amend (The Case Against 8), Joe Bini (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Pedro Kos (The Square), Jean Tsien (Hungry in America) and David Zieff (Crazy Love), while directors include Ross McElwee (Photographic Memory) and Rob Epstein (Howl).
Meanwhile, the eight projects selected for the labs are A Flickering Truth (director Pietra Brettkelly, editor Jacob Schulsinger), on three Afghans restoring 8,000 hours of film; Containment (directors Robb Moss and Peter Galison, editor Chyld King), on the disposal of nuclear waste; Like Ants for Sugar (directors Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya, editor Menno Boerema), about Indian cinema lorries; and Terror (directors Lyric Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe, editor Laura Minnea), on the story of a counter-terrorism informant for the FBI.
The remaining projects include Down By Law (director George Amponsah, editor Michael Aaglund), on the event that sparked the London riots of 2011; One Bullet Afghanistan (director Carol Dysinger, editor Ricardo Acosta), about an Afghan family dealing with loss during the war; Speed Sisters (director Amber Fares, editor Rabab Haj Yahya), on the Middle East’s first all-women motor racing team; and Uncertain (directors Anna Sandilands and Ewan McNicol, editor Marco Perez), about the once-outlaw town of Uncertain, Texas.
“Sundance Institute labs provide a haven for filmmakers to take risks in their work and uncover their greatest potential with the support of our staff and creative advisers,” said Keri Putnam, executive director of the Sundance Institute.
“With the guidance of acclaimed film editors, the Documentary Story and Edit Lab offers a unique space for the documentary filmmaker and editor to challenge their film in the most crucial ways and in the process, find the heart of the story.”
Tabitha Jackson, director of the Documentary Film Program, added: “This year’s fellows reflect a range of artistry, perspective and experience that is part of a vibrant contemporary dialogue about nonfiction storytelling. It is our hope that this rigorous lab environment strengthens each project and engenders a creative community that bonds fellows and advisors together.”