Hollywood Inclusion Lab for South Asian Screenwriters Selects Mentors
After the Hollywood success of Priyanka Chopra and Mindy Kaling, the inaugural 1497 Writers Lab, which offers mentoring from leading filmmakers for underrepresented South Asian screenwriters, has selected its mentors.
Bend it Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha, Aneesh Chaganty, who will direct the upcoming Lionsgate thriller Run, and Iranian-American director Maryam Keshavarz will help develop feature film scripts at the talent incubator. “For too long, white American cinematic stories have been deemed to have universal appeal. I’m excited to support these emerging writers in crafting compelling stories that can be the new re-imagined American voice, the new universal story through the lens of our country’s rich minority cultures,” Keshavarz, a Sundance audience award winner for Circumstance, said in a statement.
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