Grantee Spotlight: Film Independent’s 2016 Documentary Lab Participants Announced

Jun. 10, 2016

Time Warner Foundation grantee Film Independent has announced their new slate of 2016 Documentary Lab participants. This program highlights our shared commitment to nonfiction storytellers who create powerful documentaries for film festivals, cinemas and home audiences around the world.

The Documentary Lab is an intensive five-week program designed to help filmmakers who are currently in post-production on their feature-length documentary films. The program provides creative feedback and story notes to participating filmmakers while helping them to strategize for the completion, distribution, and marketing of their films.

 Films included in this year’s Documentary Lab are:

Inbetween Nowhere – an intimate portrait of three young Syrian revolutionaries, who came of age during the war and who are now living in exile in Turkey.

Larry Flynt for President – in 1983, battle wounded from an assassination attempt on his life, Larry Flynt re-emerges with a vengeance and announces his run for President from his golden wheel chair.

Marriage Brokers – in a modern India still weighed down by tradition, three young women must put their lives and dreams on pause to have arranged marriages.

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice – in 1936, 18 African-American athletes won hearts and medals the Berlin Olympic Games, defying Aryan theories. History forgot all except one. This is the story of the other 17.

United Skates – United Skates follows an underground subculture growing inside our country’s last standing roller rinks. Through the eyes of two unassuming leaders, Reggie and Phelicia, they battle in a racially charged environment, to save a movement still undiscovered by mainstream America.

Shot in the Dark – for the players on Orr Academy’s basketball team, the court is a haven. Outside, it’s the Westside of Chicago – a neighborhood racked with gangs, guns and violence. Within those walls, each player has his own struggle. But they’ll need to fight together if they ever want to break out.