Sundance sets lab partners


NEW YORK -- The Sundance Institute will workshop 13 projects at its January Screenwriters Lab, steered by a who's who of indie writers, including artistic director Scott Frank, Paul Attanasio, Kasi Lemmons, Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal and Doug Wright.

"Towelhead" author Alicia Erian, whose novel was adapted for Alan Ball's upcoming "Nothing Is Private," is developing a script about an American who faces repercussions after helping a Salvadoran immigrant in "Hammer and Anvil."

The other projects include Liu Hao's Beijing romance "Addicted to Love"; John Magary's family drama "Blood Abundance, or the Half-Life of Antoinette"; Ryan Knighton's autobiographical blindness drama "Cockeyed"; and Hadar Friedlich's Israeli profile "Hannah M."

Patrick Vala-Haynes' father-son drama "The Henchman"; Moon Molson's crime drama "Meadowlandz"; Daniel Casey's Polish-American boxing story "Poletown"; and Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa and Karen Sztajnberg's Brazilian coming-of-age drama "Quotas" also made the cut.

Rounding out the list are Liza Johnson's portrait of a military mother, "Return"; Hicham Ayouch's Moroccan Muslim drama "Samba Do Maazouuz"; Frank Budgen's adult U.K. fairy tale, "Shockheaded Peter"; and Darrell Dennis' study of a Native American woman in Canada, "Tales of an Urban Indian."

Other Screenwriters Lab advisers include Rodrigo Garcia, Dan Kleinman, Fernando Leon de Aranoa, Malia Scotch Marmo, Christopher McQuarrie, Walter Mosley, Tom Rickman, Howard Rodman, Susan Shilliday, Zachary Sklar, Dana Stevens, Thomas Vinterberg and Tyger Williams.

Sundance Institute also announced that Derek Jarman's "Edward II" and Gregg Araki's "The Living End" will be shown at next month's Sundance Film Festival to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sundance Collection at UCLA.

The lab will be held Jan. 11-16 at the Sundance Resort in Utah.