Film Independent has unveiled the screenwriters selected for its 18th annual Screenwriting Lab, a five-week program designed to help writers improve their craft and take their current scripts to the next level. See the list below.
Lab Fellows participate in individualized story sessions, are advised on the craft and business of screenwriting and are also introduced to established screenwriters, producers and film professionals who serve as guest speakers and creative advisers. This year’s creative advisers, guest speakers and mentors include Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi (Ride Along) and Jeff Stockwell (Bridge to Terabithia), Jane Anderson (Olive Kitteridge), Meg LeFauve (Captain Marvel) and Jessica Sharzer (American Horror Story).
Also announced, Film Independent will present the Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television Screenwriting Fellowship to alumnus Evan Romansky, who will be awarded a $10,000 grant to develop his script, Detroitus, through the Screenwriting Lab.
Past Screenwriting Lab projects include Andrew Ahn’s Spa Night, which premiered in competition at Sundance and won the Grand Jury prize at Outfest this year; Chloé Zhao’s Songs My Brothers Taught Me premiered in competition at Sundance and in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes; and Robbie Pickering’s SXSW winner Natural Selection.
Here are the 2016 participants and their projects:
Writer, Director: HIKARI
Logline: Yuma is a paraplegic comic book artist hidden away from society under her mother’s smothering care. When she chooses animating in the adult comic book world, Yuma is forced to discover a new identity, a purpose in life and embarks on a romance with a mysterious wheelchair taxi driver.
Title: College Girl
Writer, Director, Producer: Joshua Tate
Logline: While attending a postsecondary program for adults with intellectual disabilities, a young woman with Down syndrome questions her place in the world in the face of impending motherhood.
Title: Dark Web
Writer: Mark Eaton
Writer, Producer: Ron Najor
Logline: An I.T. specialist is forced to go off the grid to save her own life after she is manipulated into hacking and exploiting a large software company.
Writer: Evan Romansky
Logline: After tricked into contributing to the death of his best friend’s wife, a petty criminal must find the men who set him up before the former, a Detroit internal affairs investigator, uncovers the secret.
Title: Girl With Child
Writer, Director: Maria Abraham
Logline: A lonely teenage girl in Ecuador travels with her toddler to visit her ill, troubled mother and searches for a new home and family to belong to along the way.
Writer, Producer: Felicia Pride
Logline: Set in a gentrifying Washington D.C., an emerging Black painter is forced to reexamine life when his best friend dies and the woman he’s lost returns for the funeral.