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ShortsLab: N.Y.C.

2012 ShortsLab NY, photo by Neilson Barnard

Brooklyn Academy of MusicBAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Recognizing the important role shorts have in cinema, storytelling, and culture, Sundance Institute presents ShortsLab: NYC to help empower the next generation of artists. Filmmakers are invited to participate in this full day seminar of Sundance-organized screenings and panel discussions to offer firsthand insight and access into the world of story development, production, and exhibition of narrative short-form storytelling. This all-day (10am-6pm plus reception) educational workshop includes short film screenings and panels on enhancing story and dialogue, collaborating with essential crew, working with actors and going from short to feature. Programmers from the Sundance Film Festival will be on hand to explain our process in finding short films and navigating the festival world at large. At all panels, Q&A with the audience is encouraged.

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Panelists will include:

  • Filmmaker/actor Alex Karpovsky (Red Flag, Rubberneck, Girls)
  • Producer Mike Ryan (Old Joy, Palindromes, The Comedy)
  • Editor Melody London (Down By Law, Mystery Train, New York I Love You)
  • Filmmaker/cinematographer Jody Lee-Lipes (Wild Combination, Tiny Furniture, Martha Marcy May Marlene)
  • Filmmaker Cutter Hodierne (Fishing Without Nets)
  • Filmmaker Rashaad Ernesto Green (Gun Hill Road)
  • Filmmaker Eliza Hittman (It Felt Like Love) and more.

10:00 a.m.
ShortsLab introduction and background on the Sundance Film Festival and the process of programming short films.

11:00 a.m.
Story Development: These tales from the trenches will focus on conceptualization, script development, story, and dialogue.

Craig Zobel’s debut feature Great World of Sound, premiered at Sundance and SXSW in 2007. It was awarded the Breakthrough Director award at the 2008 Gotham Awards, and was nominated for Best First Film and Best Supporting Actor in the 2008 Independent Spirit Awards.

Compliance, Zobel’s second film as a writer/director, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, won a Special Jury Prize at the Locarno International Film Festival, and The National Board of Review awarded Ann Dowd Best Supporting Actress for the film. Ann Dowd was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in the Independent Spirit Awards, and the Critic’s Choice awards.

Moderated by producer Howard Gertler (Wet Hot American Summer, Shortbus, World’s Greatest Dad)

12:30 p.m.

1:30 p.m.
A screening of a short from the festival

1:45 p.m.
Collaboration: A panel of experienced cinematographers, editors, producers, and directors explore the collaboration process and the importance of having a good crew.

Jody Lee Lipes' first feature length screenplay, Confederacy, was selected for the 2011 Sundance Institute Screenwriters and Directors Labs. His directing credits include HBO's Girls, NY Export: Opus Jazz, a scripted adaptation of a Jerome Robbins' ballet that won an Audience Award at SXSW in 2010; and verite documentary Brock Enright: Good Times Will Never Be The Same. Lipes is also an Independent Spirit Award-nominated director of photography, including Martha Marcy May Marlene, Tiny Furniture, Afterschool, and Bluebird.

Melody London has edited a variety of films, from 16mm reversal to films launched as fully interactive IPad Apps. She was part of the start of the current independent film movement, editing Jim Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise in 1984, winner of the Cannes Film Festival Golden Camera Award and the Sundance Special Jury Award. She also edited Jarmusch's Down by Law, Mystery Train, and two of his Coffee & Cigarettes short films, Rebecca Miller’s Angela and Fatih Akin’s section of New York, I Love You.

Mike S. Ryan is an Independent Spirit "Producer of the Year Award" Nominee and one of Variety's 2007 "10 Producers to Watch." Having worked his way up from a location manager on Hollywood pics, Ryan went on to produce Junebug, which made its international premiere at Cannes in 2005 and went on to be the lowest-budgeted feature film ever nominated for an Oscar (Best Supporting Actress, 2005.) His credits include Todd Solondz's Palindromes and Life During Wartime; Kelly Reichardt's Old Joy and Meek's Cutoff; Ira Sach's 40 Shades of Blue; Bela Tarr’s The Turin House and Rick Alverson’s The Comedy. 

3:30 p.m.
Working with Actors: A conversation about the sometimes turbulent but always vital relationship between actors and directors. From rehearsals and blocking, to improv and timing, we look at what works best and what doesn’t work at all.

Alex Karpovsky studied visual ethnography at Oxford University before wasting the next few years of his life trying to become the next Andy Kaufman. Alex's award-winning debut feature as director, The Hole Story, earned him a slot in Filmmaker Magazine's '25 New Faces of Independent Film' and a plastic key to a small city in Northern Minnesota. His subsequent feature-length films include Woodpecker, the doc Trust Us, This Is All Made Up, and the new films Rubberneck and Red Flag. As an actor, Alex currently plays the role of Ray Ploshansky in the HBO comedy series Girls, and has had leading roles in features  that have shown at the Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Los Angeles, Tribeca and SXSW film festivals. Later this year, Alex will appear in the upcoming Coen Brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis.

Paola Mendoza, was named one of Filmmaker Magazine 25 New Faces of Independent Film. She co-wrote, co-directed (with Gloria LaMorte) and starred in Entre Nos, which had its world premiere at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. Entre Nos went on to win over ten international awards at film festivals from around the world. She was most recently commissioned by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Tribeca Film Institute to direct the short documentary La Toma. She also directed the feature length documentary Autumn’s Eyes and a short documentary, Still Standing. As an actress Mendoza starred in the 2007 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning film Padre Nuestro and the critically acclaimed film On the Outs, nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, Gotham Award and was a won the Audience and Jury Awards at the 2005 Slamdance Film Festival.

Kate Lyn Sheil received a BFA in Acting from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and studied acting for four years at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, and has embarked on a successful career in truly independent films. Her credits include Joe Swanberg's films Silver Bullets, Autoerotic and The Zone, Sophia Takal's Green, Adam Wingard's You're Next, Amy Seimetz's Sun Don't Shine, Robert Byington's Somebody Up There Loves Me and Alex Ross Perry's films Impolex and The Color Wheel, as well as his upcoming HBO series The Traditions. She has appeared in the Sundance shorts Knife Point (2009) and The Apocalypse (2013) and in the features V/H/S and The Comedy (both 2012).

Moderated by Scott Foundas (Chief Film Critic, Variety)

5:00 p.m.
Short to Feature: Filmmakers with success in the short film world speak about their journey to the elusive first feature.

Graduate of Dartmouth College and NYU Graduate Film School, recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Award and Spike Lee Fellowship, New York native Rashaad Ernesto Green was included on the 2010 edition of Filmmaker Magazine's elite '25 New Faces of Independent Film' list as well as indieWIRE's 2009 Ten New Voices in Cinema. His short films have screened on HBO, BET, and at the Sundance Film Festival. Rashaad's first feature and thesis film Gun Hill Road, starring Esai Morales and Judy Reyes, premiered in the 2011 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Dramatic Competition and opened #1 for independent films at the box office last summer.

Eliza Hittman received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts, School of Film / Video (2010). Her short films have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, Oberhausen Kurzfilmtage, the British Film Institute, BAMcinemaFEST, and the Guggenheim (Bilbao). Her short film Forever's Gonna Start Tonight was listed on Indiewire Magazine's list of "the Best of the Best" at Sundance in 2011. Her critically acclaimed debut feature film It Felt Like Love premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam. It will be distributed by AMC/ Sundance Channel International in Europe and Asia and was voted one of the Top Ten films at Sundance by Film Comment.

Just before Cutter Hodierne was born, his parents sold everything they owned, quit their jobs, and bought a 32-foot cutter-rigged sailboat, for which he is named. Accordingly, Hodierne spent the first three years of his life sailing in the South Pacific Ocean. At age 22, he toured the world with U2, serving as their 'filmmaker on the road', shooting online content, and directing pieces for 'U2: 360°at the Rose Bowl'. Recently, Cutter traveled to East Africa to direct Fishing Without Nets, a short film about Somali pirates, told from the perspective of the pirates. It was awarded the Grand Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Hodierne is now making this into a feature film.