HamptonsFilm also announced that Zahran and her project “The Leftover Ladies” are recipients of the 2022 Melissa Mathison Fund. Previous recipients include “Back Seat” by Lana Wilson, “Mouse” by Kelly O’Sullivan, “Higher” by Kirsten Tan, “The Birthday Suit” by Aemilia Scott, “Mickey And The Bear” by Annabelle Attanasio and “Dead Pigs” by Cathy Yan. The fund was established in 2016 and named after the late, beloved Oscar®-nominated screenwriter, and strives to foster the continued development of female writers in the industry.
Highlights from the Screenwriters Lab over the past 22 years have included RESURRECTION by Andrew Semans, starring Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth, which premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival; THE SOUND OF SILENCE by Michael Tyburski and Ben Nabors, starring Peter Sarsgaard and Rashida Jones, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival; Ísold Uggadóttir’s AND BREATHE NORMALLY and Christina Choe’s NANCY, both of which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and received awards for directing and screenwriting, respectively; SHORT TERM 12 by Destin Daniel Cretton, starring Oscar®-winning actors Brie Larson and Rami Malek, which won the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at SXSW in 2013; THE DISCOVERERS by Justin Schwartz, starring Griffin Dunne, which had its world premiere at HIFF 2012; Sara Colangelo’s LITTLE ACCIDENTS, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, starring Elizabeth Banks and Chloe Sevigny; and FORT BLISS by Claudia Myers, starring Michelle Monaghan and Ron Livingston, released in 2014.
Photos of this year’s mentors and participants are available here. For more information on this program, please visit the HamptonsFilm website. The 30th Hamptons International Film Festival will take place October 7-16, 2022.
“Marilou is everywhere” by Jimmy Goldblum
Logline: Consumed by a desire for a different life, 14-year-old Cindy Stoat flees her abusive family and carefully slips into another, replacing a girl whose own sudden disappearance still haunts their rural town.
Bio: Jimmy Goldblum is an Emmy Award-winning director and producer based in Altadena, California. His short documentary, A BROKEN HOUSE, was nominated for the 2022 Oscars; it also won the IDA Award for “Best Short Film” and was nominated by Cinema Eyes for “Best Non-Fiction Short Film”. He directed the pilot and set the look for Netflix’s reimagining of Unsolved Mysteries, produced by 21 Laps (Stranger Things). It was Netflix’s most-watched series in the world for its first 10 days. He also set up the series and directed an episode of the Apple+/A24 series, Home, and directs episodes of the critically acclaimed documentary series, Chef’s Table. Jimmy directed and produced TOMORROW WE DISAPPEAR, a feature documentary about India’s last colony of magicians, acrobats and puppeteers. IndieWire named it one of the “Top 20 Documentaries of 2014”.
“The Remaining Ladies” by Farida Zahran
Logline: A 60-year-old woman tries to leave her polygamous husband after he expresses a renewed commitment to their stale relationship.
Bio: Farida Zahran is an Egyptian screenwriter/director based in Brooklyn, working in film and television. Most recently, she wrote on the acclaimed TV series Ramy (A24 & Hulu). His short film YOUTH premiered at SXSW and screened at festivals around the world. It received an Oscar qualifying award at the Palm Springs ShortFest and is a Vimeo Staff Pick. She graduated from the NYU Graduate Film Program. Zahran is currently developing his first feature film, as well as a half-hour series.
“In Search of Time” by Jamil McGinnis and Pat Heywood