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Sundance picks documentary lab projects

The Sundance Institute's Documentary Edit and Story Lab, which aims to help documentary filmmakers find the story out of all their vast amounts of footage, is kicking off Friday with the first of two nine-day labs.

The Sundance Institute has announced the projects chosen for the workshops.

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June 22-30 lab:

• "The Genius of Marian" (U.S.), directed by Banker White and Anna Fitch, edited by Don Bernier -- Following Banker White's mother, Pam, as he helps her write a book about her mother, the artist Marian Steele, while Pam suffers the early stages of Alzheimer's.

• "Sembene!" (U.S./Senegal), directed by Samba Gadjijo and Jason Silverman, edited by Debra Anderson -- A tribute to Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene, the dockworker and self-taught father of African cinema.

• "The Kill Team" (U.S.), directed by Dan Krauss, edited by Lawrence Lerew -- A look at U.S. soldiers on trial for war crimes in Afghanistan.

• "Match +: Love in a Time of HIV" (U.S.), directed by Ann Kim and Priya Desai, edited by Bill Anderson -- A story of finding love in marriage-mad India, a search made more challenging by being HIV positive.

• "Studio H" (U.S.), directed by Patrick Creadon, edited by Doug Blush -- A film that spends a year in one of the nation's most innovative classrooms, as designer/activists Emily Pilloton and Matt Miller work with their high-school students to help their struggling North Carolina community.

July 6-14 lab:

• "Gideon's Army" (U.S.), directed by Dawn Porter, edited by Matthew Hamachek -- A profile of public-interest lawyer Jonathan Rapping, his wife Ilham Askia, and the young lawyers working to represent poor criminal defendents in the South.

• "God Loves Uganda" (U.S.), directed by Roger Ross Williams, edited by Benjamin Gray and Richard Hankin -- A chronicle of Ugandan and American pastors spreading God's word to millions of desperate Africans.

• "Noces Rouges (Red Wedding)" (Cambodia), directed by Lida Chan and Guillaume P. Suon, edited by Saobora Narin -- The story of Pen Sochan, one of the 250,000 women forced into marriage by the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979.

• "Whose Country?" (Egypt), directed by Mohamed Siam, edited by Hisham Saqr -- In the days after Hosni Mubarak's fall, government loyalists must confront issues of morality, loyalty and the old regime's repression.



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