Voice Lessons: The Sundance Lab Experience

Twenty-five years ago, the Sundance Institute was founded to provide a development process for film artists. The resulting Feature Film Program labs for screenwriting and directing have been a place for exploration and experimentation under the guidance of experienced advisors, yielding an remarkably diverse range of work that includes Boys Don’t Cry, Maria Full of Grace, Me and You and Everyone We Know, and Reservoir Dogs. The lab’s emphasis is process, something that is both core to filmmaking and incredibly difficult to talk about. But former participants and advisors Nicole Holofcener, Todd Graff, and Walter Mosley will take you on their own journeys of discovery at the labs. How can process be nurtured? What does it mean to take risks? How do you collaborate and stay true to a vision at the same time?


Todd Graff
Nicole Holofcener
Walter Mosley
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