'Birdman,' 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Writers to Participate in Hamptons Film Festival Screenwriters' Lab

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Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. with the 'Birdman' team at the 2015 Oscars.

Past lab projects include 'Short Term 12,' Elizabeth Banks' 'Little Accidents' and Michelle Monaghan's 'Fort Bliss.'

Writers from Birdman and Guardians of the Galaxy are among the established writers, directors and producers participating in this weekend's Hamptons International Film Festival Screenwriters' Lab.

The 14th annual three-day event pairs up-and-coming screenwriters with established talent for one-on-one mentoring sessions, including advice on how the up-and-coming writers can develop their scripts and move their projects closer to production. Past projects from the lab include Short Term 12, Elizabeth Banks' Little Accidents and Michelle Monaghan's Fort Bliss.

This year's mentors are Oscar-winning Birdman co-writer and associate producer Alexander Dinelaris Jr.; Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman; Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation president of production Evan Hayes; and author and co-screenwriter of Laura Linney's P.S., Helen Schulman.

“The Screenwriters’ Lab is a highlight of the year-round work that our organization does as it brings together a diverse range of talent from the industry and pairs them with a new wave of writers and filmmakers that are just beginning to make their mark,” artistic director David Nugent said in a statement.

The four screenplays selected to take part in this year's lab are Kendell Kline’s Jane, Jared Goodman’s European Zero, Ísold Uggadóttir’s And Breathe Normally and Philip Aceto’s The Gloaming.

Doron Weber, vp programs at lab co-sponsor the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, added: “We are delighted to partner with HIFF for the 14th year of this great lab and to support two wonderful new screenplays by two exciting young screenwriters: Kendell Klein’s Jane and Jared Goodman’s European Zero. In a year that saw acclaimed, Oscar winning science films such as The Imitation Game and Theory of Everything, these two scripts — about the pioneering primatologist Jane Goodall, who upended our notions of chimpanzees, and of ourselves, and about tracking the first European AIDS patient — demonstrate yet again how science and technology are an inexhaustible source of compelling stories and fascinating characters for the cinema.”

The two Sloan screenwriters will have selected scenes from their scripts read by established actors at the Hamptons International Film Festival in October.

The Hamptons International Film Festival Screenwriters' Lab runs April 10-12 at the Maidstone Hotel in East Hampton, N.Y.

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