PARK CITY, UT, June 16, 2023 — The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced today four independent nonfiction feature film projects and artist teams selected for the 2023 Documentary Edit and Story Lab taking place at the Sundance Resort today through June 24. Designed to encourage experimentation and risk-taking through peer-to-peer engagement, the weeklong convening creates a space for fellows to develop, interrogate, and collaborate on films in the later stages of post-production. Also announced are the 2023 Contributing Editor Fellows, four emerging editors who will kick off their fellowship at the lab as well as the 2023 Sundance Documentary Film Program artists-in-residence.
The lab brings together director and editor teams from around the world with renowned documentary filmmakers who advise on the process of reimagining or reconceiving dramatic structures, exploring character and story development, and recentering their work around original motivations.
The Documentary Edit and Story Lab director advisors are Laura Poitras (All the Beauty and the Bloodshed) and Bhawin Suchak (Outta The Muck), and the editor advisors are Andrea Chignoli (Circumstance), Steven Golliday (King in the Wilderness), Rabab Haj Yahya (Another Body), and Terra Long (Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project).
The four artist teams will also work with four contributing editor fellows, Jessica Jones,Beth Kearsley, Claudia Ramirez, and Emily Yue, who attend the lab as part of a yearlong fellowship spotlighting emerging talents committed to the art and craft of editing nonfiction feature films. Contributing editor fellows receive a stipend, a dedicated mentor, and access to curated workshops and small gatherings through the fellowship year.
In addition to the four selected projects and contributing editor fellows, the lab will include artists-in-residence Damon Davis and Chris McNabb attending with their in-progress project, Chain of Rocks.
Finalists for the 2023 Documentary Edit and Story Lab include the following projects: Run With It (U.S.A.), Slumlord Millionaire (U.S.A.), We Never Left (U.S.A./Lebanon), Worldmakers (tentatively titled) (U.S.A,)
The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program is made possible by founding support from the Open Society Foundations. Generous additional support is provided by John Templeton Foundation; National Endowment for the Humanities; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Luminate; Sandbox Films; The Kendeda Fund; The Asian American Foundation (TAAF); Gucci; CNN Films; Helen Gurley Brown Foundation; The Charles Engelhard Foundation; Genuine Article Pictures; Violet Spitzer-Lucas and the Spitzer Family Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; Nion McEvoy & Leslie Berriman; Code Blue Foundation; EarthSense Foundation; Adobe; and two anonymous donors.