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Amponsah’s Down By Law & Sandilands/McNicol’s Uncertain Make Sundance Institute 2014 Documentary Edit and Story Labs Cut

Not all docu films that make the cut into the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Edit and Story Labs are fortunate enough to then land a coveted spot at the festival (recent examples include Roger Ross Williams’ God Loves Uganda and Tracy Draz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo’s Rich Hill) but some fresh air and supportive pounding from the Institute’s Advisors surely contributes to the realization of passion projects that are buckets filled in blood, sweat and tears. Among the press release mentions below, we’ll surely be discussing them in Park City setting in a January to too far off from now. Here are the selection of 20 Fellows representing eight documentary film projects to participate in the 2014 Documentary Edit and Story Labs, June 20-28 and July 4-12 at Sundance Resort in Sundance, Utah.

Artists and projects selected for the June 20-28 Documentary Edit and Story Lab:

A Flickering Truth
Director: Pietra Brettkelly
Editor: Jacob Schulsinger
A Flickering Truth unwraps the world of three dreamers living amongst the dust of Afghanistan’s 100 years of war as they struggle to protect and restore 8,000 hours of fragile film. What truths will emerge from the cloak of time?

Co-Directors: Robb Moss & Peter Galison
Editor: Chyld King
How can humankind dispose of and live with nuclear waste, a material that remains dangerous for a period as far into the future as we are from the Ice Age?

Like Ants for Sugar
Co-Directors: Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya
Editor: Menno Boerema
For nearly seven decades, the wonder of the movies visits rural India atop cinema lorries. Accompanying the showmen of touring cinemas on their magical journeys, Like Ants for Sugar witnesses their struggle to keep their cinemas running. 2014 brings a watershed moment in the survival of this beloved tradition.

Co-Directors: Lyric Cabral & David Felix Sutcliffe
Editor: Laura Minnear
(T)ERROR is the inside story of ******, an active counterterrorism informant for the FBI. Filmed on the ground, it captures the dramatic unraveling of the informant’s 20-year career with the Bureau after the target of his investigation realizes that he’s been set up.

Artists and projects selected for the July 4-12 Documentary Edit and Story Lab:

Down By Law (See pic above)
Director: George Amponsah
Editor: Michael Aaglund
Down By Law follows the childhood friends of Mark Duggan, a young man who was killed by armed police on August 4, 2011. This event is known as the spark that set the London riots in motion.

One Bullet Afghanistan
Director: Carol Dysinger
Editor: Ricardo Acosta
One bullet, fired in darkness, hits a teenage boy. This is the story of one street and one family struggling to move on in the midst of war. and international forces way beyond their control.

Speed Sisters
Director: Amber Fares
Producer: Jessica Devaney
Editor: Rabab Haj Yahya
The Middle East’s first all-women motor racing team has come together in Palestine. What will it take to go further and faster than anyone thought they could? Speed Sisters captures the drive to follow your dreams against the odds, leaving in its trail shattered stereotypes about gender and the Arab world.

Co-Directors: Anna Sandilands & Ewan McNicol
Editor: Marco Perez
On the shores of a dying lake, neighbors in the once outlaw town of Uncertain, Texas, are haunted by their pasts and battling demons for a future more certain—a tender, humorous southern gothic tale.

Editors serving as Creative Advisors for the June 20-28 session are Joelle Alexis (The Green Prince), Lewis Erskine (Freedom Riders), Mary Lampson (Harlan County USA), Jonathan Oppenheim (The Oath). Directors serving as Creative Advisors for this session are Ra’anan Alexandrowicz (The Law In These Parts), Jon Else (Sing Faster!) and Jesse Moss (The Overnighters). Editors serving as Creative Advisors for the July 4-12 session are Kate Amend (The Case Against 8), Joe Bini (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Pedro Kos (The Square), Jean Tsien (Hungry in America), David Zieff (Crazy Love). Directors serving as Creative Advisors for this session are Ross McElwee (Photographic Memory) and Rob Epstein (Howl).

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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