1988 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

Mary Alice

Creative Advisor

Walter Bernstein

Creative Advisor

Malick Bowens

Creative Advisor

Jim Brooks

Creative Advisor

Ellen Chenoweth

Creative Advisor

Richard Chew

Creative Advisor

Patricia Clarkson

Creative Advisor

Alex Colon

Creative Advisor

Valerie Curtin

Creative Advisor

William Devane

Creative Advisor

Julius Epstein

Creative Advisor

Naomi Foner

Creative Advisor

Lisa Fruchtman

Creative Advisor

Peter Gallagher

Creative Advisor

Lowell Ganz

Creative Advisor

Pamela Gidley

Creative Advisor

Stephen Goldblatt

Creative Advisor

Ring Lardner Jr.

Creative Advisor

Sidney Lumet

Creative Advisor

Ann Magnuson

Creative Advisor

Karl Malden

Creative Advisor

Luis Mandoki

Creative Advisor

Peter Masterson

Creative Advisor

Paul Mazursky

Creative Advisor

Hiro Narita

Creative Advisor

Elizabeth Pena

Creative Advisor

Frank Pierson

Creative Advisor

Sydney Pollack

Creative Advisor

Abe Polonsky

Creative Advisor

David Puttnam

Creative Advisor

Judy Rascoe

Creative Advisor

Robert Redford

Creative Advisor

Tom Rickman

Creative Advisor

Amy Robinson

Creative Advisor

Charlie Schlatter

Creative Advisor

Fisher Stevens

Creative Advisor

D.B. Sweeney

Creative Advisor

Nancy Travis

Creative Advisor

Paul Verhoeven

Creative Advisor

Mary Alice

Actor

Malick Bowens

Actor

Alex Colon

Actor

Valerie Curtin

Actor

William Devane

Actor

Peter Gallagher

Actor

Pam Gridley

Actor

Ann Magnuson

Actor

John Mahoney

Actor

Elizabeth Pena

Actor

Charlie Schlatter

Actor

Fisher Stevens

Actor

D.B. Sweeney

Actor

Nancy Travis

Actor

Ian Calderon

Creative Advisor

Frank Daniel

Creative Advisor

Paul Hirsch

Creative Advisor

Patricia Clarkson

Actor

Sigourney Weaver

Actor

James Simpson

Directing Fellow

J.D. Cullum

Actor
  
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