New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) and IRIS are pleased to announce the screenwriters selected to participate in the third year of The Writers Lab. The program is the only lab in the world devoted to providing script development for women writers over the age of 40. It is produced by NYWIFT and IRIS, in collaboration with The Writers Guild of America, East, and is funded by Meryl Streep and Oprah Winfrey.
The 12 projects selected for The Writers Lab 2017 are:
- The Breakline, Kim and Mai Spurlock
- Bring Back Girl, Vigil Chime
- The Contest, Judith and Sandra Berg
- The Custom of the Sea, Karen McDermott
- The Deal, Andi Delott
- Grandview, Pamela Harris
- ...into the Land of Nod, Kat Smith
- Late Bloomer, Mandy Fabian
- Mile Zero, Holly Brix
- Taka-Jo, Samantha Manahan and Carol Hostutler
- Warrior Girl, Laurie Whitaker
- Yazoo Cryin', Shawn Tolleson
The mentors confirmed for the Lab, slated for September 14-17, 2017, include: Susan Cartsonis (What Women Want, Where the Heart Is), Lisa Cortés (Precious, Shadowboxer), Amy Fox (Equity), Caroline Kaplan (Time Out of Mind, Letters to Juliet), and Pat Verducci (Consultant, Disney/Pixar). Alexis Alexanian (Pieces of April) will head a high-powered roster of special guests.
“The Writers Lab has proven an invaluable vehicle in championing the underserved and underrepresented,” NYWIFT Executive Director Terry Lawler said. “We are thrilled to give these 12 promising writers an opportunity to benefit from the wisdom and guidance of our highly accomplished mentors.”
“In three years, we’ve seen that the number and quality of screenplays written by women is staggering,” said IRIS Co-Founder Nitza Wilon. “Every script that we can develop brings us closer to balancing the scales in the film world: More women writing = more roles for women, more opportunities for women to helm those films, and more movies that everyone wants to see."
The Writers Lab will take place in the Connecticut River Valley. The mentors and 12 writers will meet for intensive one-on-one discussions to develop and refine their scripts. In addition, everyone will come together for panel discussions to explore universal themes and concepts.
The Writers Lab was launched in 2015 to provide script development for women writers over the age of 40. The Lab brings promising scripts from female screenwriters together with outstanding professional filmmakers for an intensive writing retreat. Internationally recognized for its bold mandate, The Writers Lab looks to expand the range of stories in narrative fictional film.
For more information, please visit www.thewriterslab.nyc.
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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Last updated: Aug. 10, 2017