Sundance Institute picks 12 for writers lab

Scribes set to participate in annual January workshop

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The Sundance Institute on Monday announced the 12 feature film projects selected for its annual January screenwriters lab.

The lab is a five-day writers workshop running Jan. 15-20 at the Sundance Resort in Utah. Chosen fellows engage in one-on-one story sessions with established writers in an environment that encourages innovation, rigorous development and creative risk-taking.

The projects selected for the 2010 lab are "Bluebird" by Lance Edmands (U.S.), "Canary" by Craig Zobel (U.S.), "Drunktown's Finest" by Sydney Freeland (U.S.), "40 Days of Silence" by Saodat Ismailova (Uzbekistan), "HiM" by Lance Weiler and Chuck Wendig (U.S.), "How Many Trainings Must I Take Before I Can Be as Hard as Steel?" by Cao Baoping (China), "Martha Marcy May Marlene" by Sean Durkin (U.S.), "May in the Summer" by Cherien Dabis (U.S., Jordan), "My Favorite Nightmare" by Myna Joseph (U.S.), "Postcards From the Zoo" by Edwin and Daud Sumolang (Indonesia), "Slobs and Nags" by Dash Shaw (U.S.) and "Unicorn Store" by Samantha McIntyre (U.S.).

"The projects selected for the lab celebrate the breadth of independent filmmaking with screenplays that boast originality, innovation and deeply personal voices," said Michelle Satter, director of the Feature Film Program. "For the first time, the lab will support a transmedia project ('HiM'), which expands the narrative possibilities of a feature film by creating a story world that embraces film, gaming and technology to reach audiences across multiple screens in new and engaging ways."

Among the lab's advisers areartistic director Scott Frank, Naomi Foner, Rodrigo Garcia, Nelson George, Deena Goldstone, John Lee Hancock, Richard LaGravenese, Jessie Nelson, Susan Shilliday, Dana Stevens and Tyger Williams.