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Film Independent Announces Screenwriting Fellows
(released 8/6/2008)


Film Independent announced the selected fellows for its annual Screenwriters Lab, which started August 4th and runs through September 11th, 2008. Writer/producer Meg LeFauve will teach the Lab, which is sponsored by the Writers Guild West and Final Draft.

The Screenwriters Lab is a six-week program designed to assist writers working in independent film improve their craft and take their current scripts to the next level. This session's speakers will include writer/director Zach Helm (Stranger than Fiction), writer/producer Dianna Ossana (Brokeback Mountain), writer/director Jonathan Levine (The Wackness), writer Howard Rodman (Savage Grace), writer/director Jay Duplass (Baghead), and writer/director Kasi Lemmons (Talk to Me).

The Film Independent Screenwriters Lab participants were chosen based on the strength of screenwriter's submitted script and application.

The participants and their projects are:
  • John Benton and Alexandra Brodsky, BUST
  • Soo-Hyun Chung, GROUPIE
  • Darian and Desha Dauchan, KALFOU
  • Wade Gasque, HALF TRUTH
  • Xochitl Gonzalez, THE (MOSTLY) TRUE STORY OF THE CRAZY FU*%ED UP SH*%T I DID AT UNI HIGH
  • Jonathan Hludzinski, CLOSE TO ME
  • Cedar Sherbert, UNTITLED "BISCUIT" PROJECT
  • Mia Trachinger, WHAT REMAINS
  • Michael Urban, DIFFICULT CHILD
  • David Zeiger, OTHERWISE PANDEMONIUM
Past Screenwriters Lab participants include Scott Prendergast, whose debut feature Kabluey was released theatrically this summer; Lance Hammer, director of the critically-acclaimed Ballast; Suzi Yoonessi, who is currently in production on her debut feature Dear Lemon, Lima; Beth Schacter, whose debut feature Normal Adolescent Behavior premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival; Scott Coffey, who wrote and directed Ellie Parker; and Minh Nguyen-Vo, whose film Buffalo Boy was Vietnam's official entry for the 2006 Academy Awards.


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