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Congratulations to Markus Goller whose film Friendship! recently screened in Los Angeles. Friendship! was just announced as Germany´s most successful national production in 2010.. Kudos Markus!

(Markus Goller and Katja von Garnier at the LA screening of Friendship!)


Films in Production:

Congratulations to Lisa Leone on her most recent project: Nancy Savoca's "Union Square" with Mira Sorvino and Patti LuPone.
It has only been a couple of weeks since the lab ended and our brilliant directors are already cooking up magic:

Rotimi Rainwater's "Sugar" can be found filming in the streets of Venice. Follow them on the Sugar Blog. Congrats Rotimi !
"The Replicas", directed by Jeremy Power Regimbal and
written by Josh Close is filming in Canada. The cast includes Josh Close, James D'Arcy, Selma Blair and Rachel Miner. 
Kudos to Don O. Knowlton who will be seen in multiple episodes of Teen Nick's new hit "Gigantic" this January.


Festival Roundup:

Sundance announces the lineup for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival
Words can't express how ecstatic we are for the members of our community premiering their projects in Park City!

The Future : dir. Miranda July (Premieres)
Pariah : dir. Dee Rees  (U.S. Dramatic Competition)
The Guard : producer Flora Fernandez Marengo (World Cinema Dramatic Competition)
Rebirth : dir. Jim Whitaker (Documentary Premieres)
Letters From the Big Man : dir. Christopher Munch (Spotlight)
!Women Art Revolution : dir. Lynn Hershman (New Frontier)
  Connected : dir. Tiffany Shlain (US Documentary)

Congratulations go out as well to Vera Farmiga (star of Vintner's Luck and Henry's Crime), whose directorial debut "Higher Grounds" will premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Nabil Elderkin's inspiring  documentary "Bouncing Cats" is screening in select cities. Visit the official website to find out more about screenings and how to donate to the Breakdance Project Uganda. Website here


LAB NEWS: LADL73 wraps in LA. Thank you to everyone for their hard work! Thank you Nick Allan, Caitlin Mulvey, Carlo Corbellini, Steven Diller, Aaron Sanders, Daniela Sea, Nabil Elderkin, Colette Divine, Chet Grissom, Sacha Gervasi, Kai Lennox, Liz Hinlein, Barbara Scolaro, Emily Wagner, Nick Jarecki, Don O. Knowlton, Delpaneaux Wills, Rotimi Rainwater, Kenny Vibert, Jeremy Power Regimbal, Josh Close, Mary Wells.



Congrats to Nicki Minaj and Diane Martel. Nicki is making Billboard history after being announced as the first female rapper to have 7 entries on the “Hot 100.”. Diane just directed the music video "Right Thru Me". You can watch it here
Erin Way is hilarious in the new Mootopia campaign. Congrats!
Kai Lennox can be seen in the upcoming episodes of both "Men of A Certain Age" and "Justified". Fantastic news Kai!


Films in Post Production:

Congrats to Jason Lew and Bryce Dallas Howard, whose Gus Van Sant project "Restless" just wrapped. Watch the trailere here.
Kudos to director/writer Don Handfield, whose feature "Touchback" just went into post.
Anne Renton's feature "Perfect Family" with Kathleen Turner, Emily Deschanel and Jason Ritter is now in post. Congrats Anne and Jason.

Films in Production:

Alex Hyde-White's feature "Three Days" is currently filming. We look forward to seeing it on the big screen!
Congratulations to
Ellie Kanner-Zuckerman who has begun production on "For the Love of Money". Two of our fantastic actors, Luis Aldana and Carlo Corbellini, make great appearances.


Awards Watch:
We have received fantastic news here at the Joan Scheckel Lab. Congratulations to the entire cast and crew of "The Vintner's Luck" (directed by Niki Caro and co-written with Joan Scheckel) for the multiple wins at this year's 2010 Qantas Film & Television Awards.

42BELOW: Best Lead Actress in a Feature Film
Vera Farmiga
The Vintner's Luck
Ascension Film Ltd

Best Production Design in a Feature Film
Grant Major
The Vintner's Luck
Ascension Film Ltd

Best Costume Design in a Feature Film
Beatrix Pasztor
The Vintner's Luck
Ascension Film Ltd


Trailer Roundup:
Congratulations to all of our fantastic filmmakers! Here are some trailers to whet your appetite.

Welcome To the Rileys
dir. Jake Scott

Never Let Me Go
dir. Mark Romanek

Henry's Crime
dir. Malcolm Venville
writer Sacha Gervasi

(Sneak Peek)

dir. Mike Mills
executive producer Joan Scheckel
(Interview with Mike)

Focus Features has acquired distribution rights to Mike Mills's "Beginners", executive produced by Joan Scheckel and starring Ewan McGregor. Congratulations to the entire cast and crew!