Film Independent names 2016 Doc Lab projects

Docs about Syrian revolutionaries, arranged marriages and pornographer Larry Flynt (pictured) are among the six projects heading to the non-profit's sixth annual lab.
April 13, 2016

Documentaries about Syrian revolutionaries, arranged marriages and pornographer Larry Flynt (pictured) are among the six projects heading to Film Independent’s 2016 Documentary Lab.

The non-profit organization, which produces the Spirit Awards and the LA Film Festival, runs the five-week lab providing finishing, distribution and marketing support for filmmakers in post-production on feature-length docs. Netflix is backing the lab for the second year with a US$25,000 finishing fund.

Filmmakers Lucy Walker (The Crash Reel), Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen (Marwencol) and Peter Nicks (The Waiting Room) are this year’s advisers. Guest speakers include 20 Feet From Stardom editor Doug Blush, City of Gold director Laura Gabbert and Tig co-director Jennifer Arnold.

The list of 2016 Documentary Lab projects and fellows is below, with descriptions provided by Film Independent:

Inbetween Nowhere
Aslihan Unaldi – director/producer
Inbetween Nowhere is an intimate portrait of three young Syrian revolutionaries who came of age during the war and who are now living in exile in Turkey.

Larry Flynt for President
Nadia Szold – director/producer
In 1983, battle-wounded from an assassination attempt on his life, Larry Flynt re-emerges with a vengeance and announces his run for president from his golden wheelchair.

Marriage Brokers
Smriti Mundhra, Sarita Khurana – director/producers
In a modern India still weighed down by tradition, three young women must put their lives and dreams on pause to have arranged marriages.

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice
Deborah Riley Draper – director/producer
In 1936, 18 African American athletes won hearts and medals at the Berlin Olympic Games, defying Aryan theories. History forgot all except one. This is the story of the other 17.

Shot in the Dark
Dustin Nakao Haider – director; Daniel Dewes and Derek Doneen – producers
Deep within Chicago’s notoriously violent Westside, the Orr Academy Spartans must band together – not only to win a championship, but to survive.

United Skates
Tina Brown, Dyana Winkler – director/producers
United Skates follows an underground subculture growing inside our country’s last standing roller rinks. Through the eyes of two unassuming leaders, Reggie and Phelicia, they battle in a racially charged environment to save a movement still undiscovered by mainstream America.

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