Film Independent chooses directors for lab


Film Independent unveiled the fellows for its seventh annual Directors Lab, a seven-week program designed to help directors working in independent films.

This year's participants and their projects, announced Friday, are Eric Escobar, "Army of One"; Silas Howard, "Exactly Like You"; Joshua Leonard, "Spectacular Regret"; Alonso Mayo, "The Story of Luke"; Nicki Paluga, "The Swiss Village"; Robbie Pickering, "Natural Selection"; Sharat Raju, "Sacred Grounds"; and Amie Williams, "Jua Kali."

Helmers Keith Gordon ("Waking the Dead" and Jeremy Podeswa ("The Five Senses") will teach the lab, which takes place in Los Angeles through April 16. Guest speakers will include Bill Condon, Laura Dern, Catherine Hardwicke and Nicole Holofcener.