Eight chosen for Film Independent workshop

Directors Lab intended to help new filmmakers

Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival, has selected eight filmmakers and film projects to be part of its eighth annual Directors Lab.

Taking place in L.A. from now until the end of March, the lab is an eight-week incubator designed to assist new directors to improve their craft and advance their careers.

This year's Lab Mentors include writer-directors Kasi Lemmons ("Talk to Me"), Keith Gordon ("The Singing Detective"), Alfredo De Villa ("Nothing Like the Holidays") and Andrew Wagner ("Starting Out in the Evening").

The 2009 Directors Lab filmmakers and their projects are:

-- "Arcadia," Olivia Silvia

-- "Untitled 'Biscuit' Project," Cedar Sherbert

-- "Close to Me," Jonathan V. Hludzinski

-- "Half Truth," Wade Gasque

-- "Learning Uncle Vernon," Sheldon Candis

-- "Operation June Black," Bridget Bedard

-- "Tallulah," Sian Heder

-- "Why We Pull the Trigger," Eric Lin