Middle East Screenwriters lab picks projects


NEW YORK -- Sundance Institute and the Royal Film Commission of Jordan have selected seven projects for the third annual Middle East Screenwriters Lab.

Chadi Zeneddine's filmmaker saga "Brahim" from Lebanon, Suhad Khatib's bombing tale "The Building" from Jordan and Ismael El Habbash's "Dancing at the Checkpoint" from the Palestinian territories were chosen.

The other participants and projects are Rola Nashef's gas station study "Detroit Unleaded" from USA/Lebanon, Sali Ma Ben Moumen's family saga "A Place for Atlas' Feet" and Hicham Ayouch's small-town drama "Samba Doo Maazooz" (both from Morocco) and Eyad Zahra's musician profile "Sammy Paradise" from USA/Syria.

This year's advisors include filmmaking vets Mary Harron, Nabil Ayouch, Reza Bagher, Craig Bolotin, Michael Goldenberg, Yousry Nasrallah and Shawn Slovo.

The event will take place in Jordan from Oct. 28 – Nov. 1.