Uncloudy Day Advances to Sundance Director's
by Pam Cole
Atlanta, GA, April 5, 2006A screenplay co-written
by Milford Thomas and Kristin Gorell of Atlanta has advanced
to the Sundance Director's Lab. The script, Uncloudy
Day, was one of 12 screenplays selected for the Sundance
Lab held in January 2006.
The Sundance Director's Lab is the second phase of the Sundance
Feature Film Program, which has fostered projects such as
Sachs Forty Shades of Blue, John Cameron
Mitchells Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Quentin
Tarantinos Reservoir Dogs. (Phase one of the
program is the Screenwriter's Lab.)
Like Thomas' award-winning film, Claire (2002), "Uncloudy
Day" is a black and white film based on a Japanese fable.
Thomas describes it as an "early talkie set in the south"
that incorporates silent movie vignettes, vaudeville, and
Japanese Bunraku (puppet theatre). Logline: "A dangerous
animal spirit follows a man to a small Alabama town in 1930,
wreaking havoc on his life before she - along with others
- finds redemption and final peace through his handicapped
daughter's magical vocal talent."
The Director's Lab takes place over three weeks in June
in Sundance, Utah. Filmmakers rehearse, shoot, and edit 4-6
scenes from their screenplays under the mentorship of accomplished
directors, editors, cinematographers, and actors. Co-writer
Gorell will join Thomas in Utah for a final week of the Screenwriting
Thomas is staging a public reading of "Uncloudy Day"
on April 23, 2006 at 3 p.m. at Paris On Ponce (at the "le
moulin rouge" caberet in back)
in Atlanta. (See www.parisonponce.com