1986 Directors Lab

The Directors Lab is held for 3-4 weeks each June at the Sundance Resort in Sundance, Utah. A total of eight projects, the vast majority of which have participated in a previous Screenwriters Lab, are invited to participate. There is no open application for the Directors Lab; rather, applicants to the January Screenwriters Lab program are considered for the June Directors Lab after their projects have been selected for the January Screenwriters Lab.
Over the course of the Directors Lab, the Fellows work with an accomplished group of Creative Advisors and professional production crews, rehearsing, shooting, and editing key scenes from their scripts. Through this intense, hands-on process, the Fellows push the boundaries of their scripts, allowing them to workshop text, collaborate with actors, and find a visual language for their film in an atmosphere where experimentation is encouraged. Surrounded by seasoned professionals, yet removed from the typical pressures of production, Lab Fellows are offered a unique opportunity to see the script “on its feet,” develop skills, and take risks. Directors Lab Fellows also join in the week-long Screenwriters Lab with five additional Screenwriter projects to participate in individualized story sessions under the guidance of established screenwriters.

  • Credits
  • Projects

Alan Alda

Creative Advisor

Dede Allen

Creative Advisor

Jim Brooks

Creative Advisor

Caleb Deschanel

Creative Advisor

Griffin Dunne

Creative Advisor

Carlin Glynn

Creative Advisor

Lee Grant

Creative Advisor

Robbie Greenberg

Creative Advisor

Michael Hausman

Creative Advisor

George Roy Hill

Creative Advisor

Ring Lardner Jr.

Creative Advisor

Jeremy Larner

Creative Advisor

Lindsay Law

Creative Advisor

Karl Malden

Creative Advisor

Peter Masterson

Creative Advisor

Marcia Nasatir

Creative Advisor

Frank Pierson

Creative Advisor

Sydney Pollack

Creative Advisor

David Puttnam

Creative Advisor

Tom Rickman

Creative Advisor

Amy Robinson

Creative Advisor

Waldo Salt

Creative Advisor

Chris Sievernich

Creative Advisor

Bill Wittliff

Creative Advisor

Robert Redford

Creative Advisor

Alan Alda

Actor

Marvin Antonowsky

Actor

Kate Bales

Actor

Eugene Byrd

Actor

Clay Crosby

Actor

Rebecca Demornay

Actor

Laura Dern

Actor

Henderson Forsythe

Actor

Helen Hunt

Actor

Jeroen Krabbe

Actor

Louise Latham

Actor

Jane Lind

Actor

Andrew McCarthy

Actor

Laurie Metcalf

Actor

Isabella Rossellini

Actor

Andrew Rubin

Actor

John Shea

Actor

Trevor Smith

Actor

Wil Wheaton

Actor

Kathleen Wilhoite

Actor

Alfre Woodward

Actor

Tom Bernard

Creative Advisor

Dennis Bishop

Creative Advisor

Ian Calderon

Creative Advisor

Frank Daniel

Creative Advisor

Jim Glennon

Creative Advisor

Barry Hirsche

Creative Advisor

Lynzee Klingman

Creative Advisor

Kazuo Miyagawa

Creative Advisor

Robert M. Young

Actor

Larry Jackson

Creative Advisor
 
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