Sundance Institute Announces 2022 Fellows for Directors, Screenwriters and Native Labs

Park City, UT – The nonprofit Sundance Institute returns to in-person artist development Labs this summer, announcing today the 2022 Fellows across its signature Directors, Screenwriters, and Native Labs. For four decades, Sundance Institute’s Labs have brought together accomplished artists and promising new storytellers to work rigorously and creatively on their projects as part of a vibrant community. Nineteen emerging creators, eight from the Native Lab and eleven from the Directors and Screenwriters Lab, will be supported at this year’s Labs as they work to develop original work for the screen, with guidance and mentorship from seasoned creative professionals.

The Native Lab is overseen by Adam Piron, Director of the Institute’s Indigenous Program, and Moi Santos, the Program’s Interim Manager. This edition began online from May 2 – 6, 2022 and continues from May 9 – 14 in person for the first time in two years in Santa Fe, New Mexico. During the Native Lab, Creative Advisors will be focused on the specific development of storytellers from Native and Indigenous backgrounds. Participating are 5 Native Lab Fellows and 3 Indigenous Program Full Circle Fellows (U.S.-based Native artists, aged 18-24), supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. All Fellows will sharpen their storytelling and technical skills while exploring centering their creative practices in their Indigeneity in a supportive community environment, including one-on-one feedback sessions and roundtable discussions.

“My team and I are beyond thrilled to be supporting this latest cohort of artists for our lab. We come from storytelling cultures millennia older than film and television themselves and this year’s selection is a vibrant testament to our artists celebrating and expanding those traditions across genre, artistic approaches, and formats.” said Adam Piron. “The work speaks for itself. If the past few years have proven anything within the film, tv, and art world, it’s that Indigenous artists have been pushing the envelope by telling their own stories on their own terms.”

During the Directors Lab (May 31 – June 14, 2022), returning in-person to the Sundance Resort, filmmakers will have the opportunity to rehearse, shoot, and edit selected scenes from their work-in-progress screenplays under the guidance of experienced creative advisors. In an environment that embraces risk-taking, collaboration, and discovery, they will work on core creative fundamentals including directing actors, exploring visual storytelling language, and workshopping written scenes. The Screenwriters Lab (June 21 – 24, 2022), which will take place online, will provide fellows with the opportunity for a creatively rigorous examination of their material through individual meetings with screenwriter advisors and group sessions on the art and craft of screenwriting. The Directors and Screenwriters Labs are overseen by Michelle Satter, Founding Senior Director of the Institute’s Artist Programs, and Ilyse McKimmie, Deputy Director of the Feature Film Program.

“We are excited to hold the June Directors Lab back in person at the Sundance Resort, providing the space for imaginative possibility and risk taking, with our full community of fellows, advisors, actors, crew and staff,” said Michelle Satter. “We will continue our year-long support of eleven writers and directors, whose work exemplifies the promise for bold, culture-changing impact and engagement from global audiences.” 

The backbone of the Labs are the community of experienced advisors from all corners of the industry. The Native Lab will convene two pairs of Creative Advisors: Sundance alum Patrick Brice and Bernardo Britto and Shaandiin Tome (Diné), and Erica Tremblay (Seneca-Cayuga). The Directors Lab advisor cohort, led by Artistic Director Gyula Gazdag, includes: Sebastian Cordero,Joan Darling, Lesli Linka Glatter, Guy Godfree, Adriano Goldman, Affonso Gonçalves, Keith Gordon, Ed Harris, Pamela Martin, and Peter Sollett. The Screenwriters Lab advisor cohort, led by Artistic Director Howard Rodman, includes: Scott Z. Burns, Jane Campion, Gyula Gazdag, Phyllis Nagy, Elena Soarez, Robin Swicord, Bill Wheeler, Tyger Williams, Virgil Williams, Tracey Scott Wilson, and Mauricio Zacharias.

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Sundance Institute Announces 2022 Fellows for Directors, Screenwriters and Native Labs

The 2022 Native Lab Fellows will be joined at the Lab by the 2022 Full Circle Fellows:

The Sundance Institute Indigenous Program is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Warner Bros. Discovery, Nia Tero Foundation, Indigenous Screen Office, SAGindie, Oneida Indian Nation, New Zealand Film Commission, Jenifer and Jeffrey Westphal, Susan Friedenberg, Susan Shilliday, Indigenous Media Initiatives, Chelsea Winstanley, Exposure Labs, Felix Culpa, Bird Runningwater, Sterlin Harjo, and Sarah Luther.

The Sundance Institute Feature Film Program is supported by, a direct charitable activity of the Annenberg Foundation; Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation; Hartbeat; Maja Kristin; NBCUniversal; Amazon Studios; Hollywood Foreign Press Association; Karen Lauder; Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund; National Endowment for the Arts; NHK/NHK Enterprises, Inc.; Kimberly Steward—K Period Media; SAGindie; Rosalie Swedlin and Robert Cort; Directors Guild of America; Deborah Reinisch and Michael Theodore Fund; Octavia Spencer; Scott and Jennifer Frank.

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As a champion and curator of independent stories, the Sundance Institute provides and preserves the space for artists across storytelling media to create and thrive. Founded in 1981 by Robert Redford, the Institute's signature Labs, granting, and mentorship programs, dedicated to developing new work, take place throughout the year in the U.S. and internationally. Sundance Collab, a digital community platform, brings a global cohort of working artists together to learn from each other and Sundance Advisors and connect in a creative space, developing and sharing works in progress. The Sundance Film Festival and other public programs connect audiences and artists to ignite new ideas, discover original voices, and build a community dedicated to independent storytelling. Sundance Institute has supported and showcased such projects as Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), CODA, Flee, Passing, Clemency, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Zola, On the Record, Boys State, The Farewell, Honeyland, One Child Nation, The Souvenir, The Infiltrators, Sorry to Bother You, Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Hereditary, Call Me By Your Name, Get Out, The Big Sick, Mudbound, Fruitvale Station, City So Real, Top of the Lake, Between the World & Me, Wild Goose Dreams and Fun Home. Join Sundance Institute on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

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