New York Women in Film & Television and IRIS, a collective of women filmmakers, has selected the screenwriters to participate in the second year of The Writers Lab. The program is the only lab in the world dedicated to providing script development for women writers over the age of 40, and is funded by Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep.
The 12 participants for The Writers Lab 2016 are:
Carol Carpenter, The Guadalupe
Melody Cooper, The Sound of Darkness
Meredith DePaolo, Devil’s Eye
Nancy Duff, Dead Drop
Kate Erickson, Roll With It
Tina Field Howe, Drone War
Christina Hulen, A Gentleman of Good Hope
Christine Toy Johnson, Jumping the Third Rail
Nanci Katz-Ellis, Blink
Leslie Longworth, One Bad Astronaut
Barbara Nunberg, Willful Blindness
Stephanie Stanley, The Radical
The mentors attached to the Lab, slated for September 22-25, include: Jessica Bendinger (Bring It On, Aquamarine), Susan Cartsonis (What Women Want, The Duff), Lisa Cortes (Precious, Shadowboxer), Caroline Kaplan (Time Out of Mind, Me and You and Everyone We Know ), Mary Jane Skalski (Win Win, The Station Agent ), and Kirsten Smith (Legally Blond, Ten Things I Hate About You ).
The Writers Lab will take place in the Connecticut River Valley. The 12 writers and eight mentors will meet for intensive one-on-one discussions to develop and refine their scripts. In addition, they will participate in group panel discussions to explore universal themes and concepts.