Season: 1
Year: 2009


Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: Getting Started

1 August 2009
Take an insider's tour of the place where filmmaking dreams come to light as the 2009 Directors Lab Fellows climb out of their writing caves and land on the mountain ready for "Action!"

Miguel Arteta ... Himself
Ritesh Batra ... Himself

Sally El Hosaini ... Herself
Gyula Gazdag ... Himself

Elgin James ... Himself
Alejandro Landes ... Himself

Andrew Okpeaha MacLean ... Himself
Richard Montoya ... Himself

Tim Blake Nelson ... Himself

Robert Redford ... Himself

Michelle Satter ... Herself

Stanley Tucci ... Himself
Jonathan Wysocki ... Himself

Benh Zeitlin ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 2: First-Time Filmmakers

1 August 2009
Get behind the cameras of Sundance Institute's Directors Lab. Lab Fellow Elgin James came to Sundance with hopes of getting closer to making his first feature. Practice makes closer to perfect. Follow him through the intense process of rehearsing, shooting, and editing scenes. Over. And over.

Joan Darling ... Herself
Suzy Elmiger ... Herself
Gyula Gazdag ... Himself

Courtney Halverson ... Herself

Catherine Hardwicke ... Herself

Elgin James ... Himself

Alia Shawkat ... Herself
Jonathan Wysocki ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 3: Working with the Actor

1 August 2009
Get behind the cameras of Sundance Institute's Directors Lab. First and foremost, actors must trust their directors. See how Lab Fellow Jonathan Wysocki learns to engage with his actors to push his script from the page to the screen.

Connie Britton ... Herself

Catherine Hardwicke ... Herself

Ed Harris ... Himself
Alejandro Landes ... Himself

James Le Gros ... Himself (as James LeGros)

Michael Lehmann ... Himself

Alfre Woodard ... Herself
Jonathan Wysocki ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 4: Visual Style

1 August 2009
Seeing the words of your script take shape through a camera lens is a mind-blowing experience. Check out Lab Fellow Alejandro Landes as he faces the visual challenges of shooting his story.

Monique Gabriela Curnen ... Herself

Caleb Deschanel ... Himself

Sally El Hosaini ... Herself

Keith Gordon ... Himself
Alan Jacobsen ... Himself
Alejandro Landes ... Himself

Peter Pasco ... Himself
Jorge Román ... Himself
Rogier Stoffers ... Himself

Michael Taylor ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 5: Working with the Crew

17 August 2009
There's a difference between craft and artistry. Check out how Lab Fellows Sally El Hosaini and Ritesh Batra collaborate with their crews to raise the bar of excellence.
Ritesh Batra ... Himself

Caleb Deschanel ... Himself

Sally El Hosaini ... Herself
Darren Genet ... Himself
Stephanie Gordon ... Herself

Randa Haines ... Herself

Catherine Hardwicke ... Herself

Ed Harris ... Himself
Alan Jacobsen ... Himself
Peter Rudrud ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 6: The Editing Room

17 August 2009
What does your gut say? What if it's wrong? Lab Fellow Andrew MacLean learns to train his instincts for what makes the cut and what doesn't.

Lucy Alibar ... Herself
Suzy Elmiger ... Herself
Gyula Gazdag ... Himself

Keith Gordon ... Himself

Ed Harris ... Himself
DeAndre Howard-King ... Himself

Nakotah LaRance ... Himself

Andrew Okpeaha MacLean ... Himself

Nat Sanders ... Himself
Joan Tewkesbury ... Herself

Benh Zeitlin ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 7: The Script

17 August 2009
Every story has a beginning, middle, and end. But the script doesn't always go there. Lab Fellows Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar test out their scripts with actors to see what's missing.
Jonshel Alexander ... Herself

Lucy Alibar ... Herself
Ritesh Batra ... Himself

John Gatins ... Himself

Elgin James ... Himself

Michael Lehmann ... Himself

Andrew Okpeaha MacLean ... Himself

Christopher McQuarrie ... Himself

Eddie Rouse ... Himself
Susan Shilliday ... Herself
Joan Tewkesbury ... Herself

Benh Zeitlin ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 8: That's a Wrap!

17 August 2009
As the 2009 Directors Lab comes to a close, the Fellows throw their old scripts into the fire and leave the mountain with a better sense of what's next: sleeping, rewriting, and pre-production.
Ritesh Batra ... Himself
Walter Bernstein ... Himself

Joan Darling ... Herself

Caleb Deschanel ... Himself

Sally El Hosaini ... Herself
Gyula Gazdag ... Himself
Tala Hadid ... Herself

Elgin James ... Himself
Alejandro Landes ... Himself
Alejandro Landes ... Himself

James Le Gros ... Himself (as James LeGros)

Michael Lehmann ... Himself

Andrew Okpeaha MacLean ... Himself

Michelle Satter ... Herself
Joan Tewkesbury ... Herself

Alfre Woodard ... Herself
Jonathan Wysocki ... Himself

Benh Zeitlin ... Himself

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