The Sundance Institute announced on Monday (17) it would dedicate the January Screenwriters Lab to the memory of the late founding creative advisor Frank Pierson.
The 11 projects selected for the Jan 11-16 workshop at the Sundance Resort in Utah are:
700th And International (USA) – writer Chinaka Hodge;
The Adderall Diaries (USA), wr-dir Pamela Romanowsky;
Avalanche (Iran) – co-wr-dir Morteza Farshbaf and co-wr Anahita Ghazvinizadeh;
Franny (USA) – wr-dir Andrew Renzi;
The Incident (USA) – wr-dir Jan Kwiecinski;
Let The Northern Lights Erase Your Name (UK-Germany-USA) –co-wr-dir Eva Weber and co-wr Vendela Vida;
Love After Love (USA) – wr-dir Russell Harbaugh;
Maanokoobiyo (Somalia-USA) – wr-dir K’naan;
Mercy Road (USA) – co-wr-dir Ian Hendrie and co-wr-dir Jyson McLean;
State Like Sleep (USA) – wr-dir Meredith Danluck; and
Zeus (Mexico) – wr-dir Miguel Calderón.
The Alfred P Sloan Fellowship goes to Prodigal Summer (USA) – co-wr-dir Nicole Kassell and co-wr Barbara Kingsolver.
The 25 feature-length documentaries that will receive $550,000 in grants from the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program and Fund are: Development (US), Bukom Fighter (Ghana), Chameleon (Canada-Ghana), Perry Vs. Schwarzenegger (US), Rise And Fall Of ACORN (US), 99% — The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film (US), After Tiller (US), At Berkeley (US), A Blind Eye (US-Afghanistan), Dirty Wars (US), The Faun Experiment (US), The Girl Who Knew Too Much (US-Nepal), The Kill Team (US), Mr. President (US-Senegal), The New Black (US), Powerless (India), Provenance (US), Regarding Susan Sontag (US), Rich Hill (US), Running In The City (China), The Shadow World (US-Belgium), The Square (Egypt-US), Solarize This (US), and Uranium Drive-In (US).
Dear Mandela (South Africa-US) will receive the Audience Engagement Award supporting “strategic exchanges between international human rights defenders, diplomats and law students poised to take action on the issues of evictions and housing rights.”
The award includes a screening tour featuring a youth leadership initiative for shantytown dwellers in affected countries including Haiti, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, India and Brazil.