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Screenwriters and Mentors Announced for the Hamptons International Film Festival Screenwriters' Lab

The Hamptons International Film Festival has announced its selections for the 13th annual Screenwriters' Lab. The five winning screenwriters (for a total of four screenplays) are Christina Choe, for "Nancy"; Michael Sladek, for "Phantom Limbs"; Ben Nabors and Michael Tyburski, for "Palimpsest," and Evan Schwartz, for "Televisionaries." The festival has also revealed the industry mentors with whom these screenwriters will work closely to develop their scripts. They are Jamal Joseph, Lawrence Konner, Robert Siegel, and Susan Stover.  Taking place April 11-13 at the Maidstone Hotel in East Hampton, the weekend workshop gives screenwriters the opportunity to advance their screenplays via meeting with veteran screenwriters, directors, and producers, in addition to members of the local artistic community, Hiff board, and friends of the Festival. The most recent Screenwriters' Lab success story is the 2013 festival favorite "Short Term 12," written by past participant Destin...
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More Than Movies: A Conversation With Jonathan Sheldon

Film Independent Fellow Jonathan Sheldon

In the spirit of Griffin Mill’s question in The Player – “Can we talk about something other than Hollywood for a change?” – this interview is one in an occasional series in which Film Independent talks with filmmakers about their non-filmic creative pursuits. Making an independent film can take years, of course, and many filmmakers have creative energies that have to come out in other avenues. Sometimes those other creative pursuits supplant filmmaking altogether; at other times, they exist alongside the pursuit of filmmaking.

I recently talked with Film Independent Fellow Jonathan Sheldon about his work as a musician and his band American Bloomers, as well as about his work as a producer. A Film Independent Fellow, Jonathan is currently participating in Film Independent’s Producers Lab, with his project Televisionaries, the true story of Philo Farnsworth, a farmer’s son with a gift for science,
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