Docu makers find mentors at Sundance


NEW YORK -- The Sundance Institute announced four topical projects selected for its fourth annual Documentary Film Editing and Story Lab.

The mentoring program will include Ngawang Choephel's political and musical history of Tibet's occupation by China, "Tibet in Song," and Julie Bridgham's "The Sari Soldiers," which revolves around six Nepali women on opposing sides of their country's political conflict.

Mahmoud Al Massa's "Recycle" looks at a poor Muslim father struggling to survive in Jordan. Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's "Trouble the Water" uses footage concerning a young couple who turn from outcasts to heroes as they rescue neighbors in the New Orleans flood after Hurricane Katrina.

The directors and some of the projects' editors will work with veteran docu creative advisers. Editors Jean-Philippe Boucicaut ("Citizen King"), Kate Amend ("Thin") Lewis Erskine ("Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple"), Mary Lampson ("Harlan County U.S.A.") and directors Robb Moss ("The Same River Twice") and Ra'anan Alexandrowicz ("The Inner Tour") will mentor the filmmakers.

The lab will be held June 22-29 in Sundance, Utah.