2018 Athena IRIS Lab Writers
by Joy Goodwin
In antebellum Maryland, three enslaved men and women are forced to decide whether to stay or to run.
by Kellee Terrell
A Black lesbian grieving the death of her wife moves into an isolated Wisconsin farmhouse and befriends a resident ghost.
A FOREST WITHOUT HOURS
by Elizabeth Richardson
When an overworked neurologist hires a new nanny, her relationships with her family and her work begin to unravel.
by G. Michelle Robinson
In 1820s New Orleans, a young quadroon woman rejects a white man’s patronage, and strikes out to the Missouri territories to forge her own way.
2018 Athena IRIS Screenwriting Lab Mentors
Michael Arndt wrote the screenplays for Little Miss Sunshine (2006) and Toy Story 3 (2010), among others. He lives in New York.
Shari Springer Berman is an Oscar- and Emmy-nominated filmmaker. She and her partner, Robert Pulcini, have written and directed American Splendor (2003), The Nanny Diaries (2007), Cinema Verite (2011) and most recently, Ten Thousand Saints (2015).
Christina Kallas is an award-winning filmmaker, known for 42 Seconds of Happiness, as well as a prolific author. Kallas has taught at the Columbia University and Barnard College film programs since 2011.
Maria Maggenti is a filmmaker, screenwriter and TV producer best known for her movies Puccini for Beginners and The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love. Her most recent film, Before I Fall directed by Ry Russo Young, was released by Open Road in 2017.
The Athena IRIS Lab will take place February 22 and 23, 2018 during the 8th Annual Athena Film Festival.
About the lab:
The Athena Film Festival and IRIS present the Athena IRIS Screenwriting Lab. The Lab consists of two days of intensive script development with seasoned mentors. It is designed for female writers who have not yet had a feature-length fictional script produced. Screenplays must include one or more strong female characters in leadership roles at the center of the story and must be feature-length narratives.
IRIS seeks to amplify the female voice through narrative film. Founders Elizabeth Kaiden, Kyle Ann Stokes, and Nitza Wilon created The Writers Lab, co-produced by New York Women in Film & Television and funded by Meryl Streep, to develop screenplays written by women over 40. IRIS is committed to expanding its efforts to support and promote female screenwriters and other women in film.