Film Independent’s seven-week intensive programme has got underway in Los Angeles for filmmakers in the non-fiction arena.

This year’s mentors will include No Impact Man’s Laura Gabbert, The Invisible War’s Doug Blush, Sundance Film Festival senior programmer Caroline Libresco and This Film Is Not Yet Rated producer Eddie Schmidt.

“We had such a rewarding experience in our first year of the Documentary Lab, and the filmmakers learned so much,” Film Independent co-president Josh Welsh said. “The stories they tell have the potential to influence major global issues or expose audiences to fascinating people and subject matters.”

Malika Kouhali-Warall’s Call Me Kuchu was developed in the 2011 documentary lab and premiered in Berlin last monthwhere it received the Teddy award for documentaries.

This year’s projects are:

Grace Lee’s American Revolutionary;

William J Saunders’ Billy Mize & the Bakersfield Sound;

Christopher LaMarca’s Boone;

Violeta Ayala’s Cocaine Prison;

Hilla Medalia’s Dancing In Jaffa;

Nicholas Wrathall’s Gore Vidal’sAmerica;

Redelia Shaw’s Journey Into Africa;

Andrea Meller’s Now En Español;