The Sundance Institute has announced the five projects that will take part in the 2018 flagship Documentary Edit and Story Lab on July 6 at the Sundance Resort in Utah.
The aim of the Lab is to foster a space to develop, interrogate and collaborate on indie non-fiction films that are in the latter stages of post-production. Through a rigorous process, director and editor teams come together with documentary filmmakers, who advise on the process of motivation, dramatic structure and character development.
Documentary Film Program director Tabitha Jackson oversees the process with Labs director Kristin Feeley.
Advisors for the Documentary Edit and Story Lab are Maya Hawke (Box of Birds), Sabine Hoffman (Risk), Jeff Malmberg (Spettacolo), Robb Moss (Containment), Jonathan Oppenheim (Blowin’ Up) and Toby Shimin (This Is Home). The contributing editors are Yuki Aizawa, Hannah Choe, Jaki Covington and Katherine Gorringe.
Elsewhere, Eric Hynes has been named the writer-in-residence. He joins Sundance as part of the program designed to bring film critics and non-fiction filmmakers together to deepen their understanding of non-fiction film through “immersion in the creative process.”
Descriptions of the 2018 Documentary Edit and Story Lab projects and Fellows are below, with descriptions courtesy of Sundance:
After a Revolution
Giovanni Buccomino (director), James Scott (editor), Naziha Arebi, Al Morrow (producers)
An intimate story, filmed over six years, of a brother and sister who struggle to rebuild their lives after fighting on opposite sides of the Libyan revolution. It is also a close-up on the country’s traumatic course from rebellion, to elections to the edge of civil war.
James LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham (co-directors/producers), Andy Gersh (editor), Sara Bolder (producer)
They came as campers, and left as rebels. Just down the road from Woodstock, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, a parallel revolution blossomed in a ramshackle summer camp for disabled teenagers. Crip Camp explores summer camp awakenings that would transform young lives, and America, forever. Told from the point of view of former camper Jim LeBrecht, the film traces the journeys of several teenagers from camp to the raucous early days of the disability rights movement in Berkeley — and up to the present, in this compelling and untold story of a powerful journey towards inclusion.
Elizabeth Stopford (director/producer), Gary Forrester (editor)
A modern American ghost story and a house that vanished. In the wake of two seemingly inexplicable shooting sprees, can a community forgive the teenage boy at the heart of its tragic past?The Hottest August (pictured) U.S.
Brett Story (director/producer), Nels Bangerter (editor), Danielle Varga (producer)
A film about climate change, disguised as a portrait of collective anxiety, The Hottest August offers a window into the collective consciousness of the present.
Betzabé García (director/producer), José Villalobos (editor), Indira Cato, Joceline Hernandez (producer)
Born in Sinaloa, Mexico, land of drug cartels, carnival queens and deep homophobia, gender fluid Mickey found in social media a way to explore her sexual identity. She has become a Youtube celebrity, but now she is fighting a new identity crisis: a conflict between her online persona and her real self.
Photo by Jonathan Hickerson