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“Uncloudy Day” Advances to Sundance Director's Lab

by Pam Cole

Atlanta, GA, April 5, 2006—A 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 Screenwriting
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 Ira
Sachs’ Forty Shades of Blue
, John Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Quentin Tarantino’s 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 Lab.

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 for directions.)