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IFP Announces Fellows for 8th Narrative Lab
by Bryce J. Renninger

The New York-based filmmaker organization, the Independent Filmmaker Project, has announced the 2012 Narrative Independent Filmmaker Lab Lineup. The lab, which gives first-time feature directors a year-long fellowship, selected its ten fellows from a national pool of submissions. The lab at the center of the fellowship will take place from June 11-14 in New York City.

IFP's narrative lab focuses on low-budget features, with budgets below $1 million. Past projects have included Lucy Mulloy's "Una Noche," Terence Nance's "An Oversimplification of Her Beauty," and Dee Rees' "Pariah." The 2012 lab will be IFP's eighth edition.

Films included in this year's lab include Stacie Passon's story of a lesbian prostitute mother "Concussion" (produced by Rose Troche) and Leah Meyerhoff's "I Believe in Unicorns."

I Believe In Unicorns Davina escapes her obligations to her disabled mother by running away with an older boy in a whirlwind of romance and adventure. As their new relationship turns emotionally and then physically abusive, she attempts to escape to a fantasy world but ultimately must learn to face her stark reality and reconnect with the life she left behind. Fellows: Leah Meyerhoff (Director), Heather Rae (Producer), Becky Laks (Editor). Brooklyn, NY

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