The Black List Announces Feature Lab Participants & Mentors – Deadline

The Black List has finalized the names of the six writers that will likely be a part of their 2022 Feature Lab and can partake in a hybrid workshop that can embody digital periods culminating in an in-person weekend intensive in Los Angeles.

Each author will workshop one screenplay by way of peer teams and one-on-one periods with working skilled screenwriting mentors, together with Kiwi Smith (Legally Blonde), David Rabinowitz (Blackkklansman), Jonathan Stokes (El Gringo), Natalie Krinsky (The Broken Hearts Gallery), Phil Hay (The Invitation), Guinevere Turner (American Psycho), Michael Mitnick (The Current War), and Scott Myers of Go Into The Story.

The Black List has additionally chosen a fellow for the first-ever Black List Musical Film Fellowship. The Fellow will obtain mentorship from skilled screenwriting mentors with experience within the musical world.

The 2022 Feature Lab members and their initiatives are:


A younger feminine intern at a prime Silicon Valley tech company vies for the full-time job supply. She decides to take excessive measures when one other feminine programmer threatens her possibilities.

Yeon Jin Lee is a Korean-American author of suspense thrillers centered on girls in tech. Yeon Jin is knowledgeable by her expertise of navigating between worlds, together with first and later-generation American dynamics, Asian and American identities, feminine id in male-dominated environments, and technical and creative personalities in Silicon Valley and Hollywood.

THE QUIET KIND by Justin Geldzahler

Hired by an orphan to avenge her mother and father’ murders, a taciturn bounty hunter barrels right into a thriller of white supremacists and land seize conspiracies solely to face probably the most troublesome question — can the sturdy silent sort discover ways to talk?

Justin Geldzahler is a author and filmmaker from Virginia primarily based in New York City at the moment working as a advisor on HBO’s Succession. He just lately wrote, directed, and produced his first characteristic, a horror/cringe comedy referred to as Glue Trap, and would like to be paid to make the subsequent movie.

THE SKY WE LOOK UPON by Ali Imran Zaidi

On an in a single day practice by way of the agricultural Pacific Northwest, a newlywed couple returning dwelling to feuding households is trapped in a bloody high-wire battle — the place they have to select a aspect to outlive.

Ali Imran Zaidi is an LA-based author of thrillers, sci-fi, crime and alt-history, and a Florida escapee who’s lived on three continents. A 2022 fellow in Riz Ahmed’s Pillars Fund Artist Fellowship sponsored by Amazon and Netflix, he’s at the moment writing an authentic narrative audio collection alongside Hillman Grad Productions, with Janina Gavankar and Hasan Minhaj connected to co-produce and star.

WHITE TOOTH by Cody Pearce

A pregnant nice white shark makes a dangerous journey throughout the ocean to offer delivery, whereas an expectant mom makes use of shark-fishing to repay her playing debt. Jaws meets Uncut Gems.

Cody Pearce is an LA-based screenwriter specializing in style options, largely horror, science fiction and motion/journey. He has labored as a park ranger, a producer of on-line instructional content material and at the moment works at Nickelodeon Animation Studios.


Callie, the black sheep of her household, exhibits up at her father’s marriage ceremony prepared to aim a relationship with him. Things get difficult when she hooks up with a thriller man within the toilet, solely to seek out out he’s her soon-to-be stepbrother, Nate.

Amy Huckabay is a author, director, comic, and skilled dramatic actress who realized she was humorous and hasn’t appeared again since. She’s devoted to telling female-focused tales the place the characters don’t essentially must be likable, they only must be actual.


Based on true occasions, a dysfunctional Armenian household flees the Lebanese Civil War to open a series of profitable rotisserie rooster eating places in Los Angeles, solely to see ambition, greed, and generational trauma tear the household aside, resulting in betrayal, revenge, and homicide.

Nadia Osman just lately wrote animated episodes slated for Netflix and extra literary work for BET, in addition to writes and performs on the Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles the place her work was featured in Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, and extra. The Chicken Murders was a Script Pipeline finalist this year, whereas her pilot and internet collection Depressed was a Vimeo Staff Pick, praised by Vulture, and positioned at Sundance Labs and AFF.

The 2022 Musical Film Fellow and his project are:

NO TE OLVIDES by Nerris Nevarez-Nassiri

When a timid closeted Chicana takes her rambunctious dying grandmother again to their ancestral Mexican village, they each get greater than they bargained for after they every begin uncommon romances that can reveal long-held secrets and techniques.

Nerris Nevarez-Nassiri is a first-generation Mexican-MENA filmmaker & musician, and a proud UCLA Film & TV grad. His mixed-race upbringing compels him to put in writing coming-of-age and fish-out-of-water musical movies.

Submissions for the 2023 Feature Lab are actually open with extra particulars on The Black List website.

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