Film Independent has revealed the nine projects and their attached filmmakers for their 2011 annual Producers Lab. The selected producers will take place in a free seven week program designed to move their projects into production. They will be mentored this year by Karin Chien, Ted Kroeber, Gina Kwon, and Meg LeFauve.
A DAY WITH DANDEKAR
Produced by Megha Kadakia
Written and Directed by Leena Pendharkar
Logline: After being forced into retirement, a kindly Indian man goes on a search to find the beloved car his well-meaning daughters have traded away.
EL DIABLO ROJO
Produced by Brent Hoff and Malcom Pullinger
Logline: Called down to investigate a mysterious disappearance of fish in the Sea of Cortez, a marine biologist and his team discover a super swarm of “El Diablo Rojo” squid and risk their lives to prevent an ecological catastrophe.
Produced by Anil Baral
Written by Yon Motskin
Starring Elisabeth Moss
Logline: When Julius Rosenberg and David Greenglass are picked up for being Russian spies, the drama of the communist red scare is played out, not in political machinations, but in a drama where the personal becomes political and family members turn against one another.
MAN WITH VAN
Produced by Shrihari Sathe
Logline: Made destitute by the recession, an honest electrician bumbles into professional arson to provide for his doting daughter and win back his suspicious ex-wife.
Produced by Rikki Jarret
Logline: A boxer who murdered his manager returns to his hometown to fight for the love of his wife, but is recruited to an underground fighting circuit by his victim’s vengeful brother.
Produced by Gil Kofman and Stacy Raskin
Logline: Raw is a poignant, authentic, and often funny story about how the introduction of a young woman throws the world of a middle-aged couple and their kids into an unexpected tailspin.
Produced by Jonathan Sheldon
Logline: In an epic battle of wits between two of the 20th century’s most influential figures, a genius inventor faces off against a shrewd tycoon for control over a world-changing technology.