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29 Filmmakers Changing The Game
It’s an exciting time for movies. A decade ago, if you weren't among the established and well-connected, getting a feature film financed, made, and seen by an audience was a near Herculean feat. And, while being a standout director in today’s content-heavy climate is no piece of cake, the ongoing democratization of filmmaking has provided a whole new crop of auteurs-in-the-making with diverse and exciting approaches of synthesizing their singular visions and sharing them with the world.
And, in celebration of just that, we've collected 29 of the brightest emerging talents in the world of film, and charted their personal and professional journeys while highlighting the ways in which they’re reshaping their medium, one film at a time. To help us with our list, we consulted a series of industry insiders, including The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg, Sundance’s director of programming Trevor Groth, and Mette-Marie Katz, manager of sales at L.A-based production company and sales agency XYZ Films.
Ryan Coogler, 27
Breakout Feature: Fruitvale Station
"Coogler’s talent for narrative was first noticed by his creative writing teacher, while he was a star football player at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California. On her recommendation, Coogler began to pursue screenwriting and eventually moved to Los Angeles to study filmmaking at USC. A kind word from a professor landed Coogler a meeting with Forest Whitaker, who agreed to help Coogler develop a feature about Grant’s story, one that resonated deeply with the Oakland-native."
Drake Doremus, 30
Breakout Feature: Like Crazy
"Doremus has come a long way since his first feature Douchebag screened at Sundance in 2010."
Ana Lily Amirpour
Breakout Feature: A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
"We’re going to go out on a limb and say that Ana Lily Amirpour’s directorial debut A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, is the first of its kind: an Iranian vampire western shot entirely in black and white."
Andrew Bujalski, 36
Breakout Feature: Computer Chess
"Andrew Bujalski, or 'The Godfather of Mumblecore' as he’s sometimes (reluctantly) referred to"
Justin Simien, 30
Breakout Feature: Dear White People
"Dear White People began accumulating buzz online and was named Indiewire’s 'Project of The Year' in 2013. That led to a string of meetings with studios interested in developing the project, but Simien eventually partnered with indie financer Code Red films. After a breakneck 23-day shoot, Dear White People premiered at this past Sundance and wowed audiences with its fresh and insightful take on race relations in America, a Do The Right Thing for the Obama era."
Damien Chazelle, 29
Breakout Feature: Whiplash
"If there’s such a thing as a golden ticket for young, emerging filmmakers, Damien Chazelle just got his stamped. His second feature Whiplash opened this year’s Sundance and according to Groth, it took the festival by storm. 'From that point, everyone was buzzing,' he says. The film was immediately acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, and took home both the Audience and Grand Jury Awards. Not a bad week for the 29-year-old Harvard grad."
Breakout Feature: Song One
"Kate Barker-Froyland first met Anne Hathaway on the set of The Devil Wears Prada all the way back in 2006. She was the director’s assistant"
Richard Ayoade, 36
Breakout Feature: Submarine
"After becoming a star across the pond by nailing the nerd routine in the U.K. laughers The Mighty Boosh and The IT Crowd, Richard Ayoade was poised for a breakout stateside with a role opposite Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Jonah Hill in the 2012 raunch-fest The Watch. But, the movie flopped, and Ayoade never quite lived up to his next-big-thing billing. Luckily, he had another promising career in his back pocket."
Mike Cahill, 34
Breakout Feature: Another Earth
"When it comes to making movies, Mike Cahill is officially batting a thousand."
"Having previously plied his trade as a National Geographic field producer and an editor on a couple of small-budget indie films, Cahill and his writing partner Brit Marling (who also starred in the film) became the co-darlings of the festival. A bidding war for the film's rights ensued and was eventually won by Fox Searchlight for close to $2 million dollars, nearly 10 times its budget."
Sebastian Silva, 34
Breakout Feature: The Maid
"Silva actually shot Crystal Fairy while waiting for Magic Magic’s funding to come together. There was a tiny crew and no full-length script, which meant the actors had to improvise most of their lines. Silva plans on adopting the same guerilla approach for his next film, his first in America, and hopes to finish shooting in 14 days."
Jill Soloway, 47
Breakout Feature: Afternoon Delight
"Soloway has been very candid about having felt as though she missed her opportunity to see her own vision realized on screen and that her role was to guide younger visionaries in the right direction. But, after her debut short Una Hora Por Favora premiered to favorable reviews at Sundance in 2012, Soloway immediately began work on a feature-length script about a stay-at-home L.A. mom (Kathryn Hahn who hires young stripper Juno Temple as a live-in nanny). With the help of some producers, she raised $800,000, and just like that, Afternoon Delight had its world premiere at Sundance the following year, earning Soloway the Directing Award. The film was acquired by indie distributors The Film Arcade and Cinedigm and was released theatrically in August of last year, solidifying Soloway’s late-blooming career as a fresh female voice in independent cinema."
David Lowery, 32
Breakout Feature: Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
"'David is as bright as anyone I’ve ever met at the festival,' says Groth. 'He’s a purist in the kinds of films he makes, with such attention to aesthetic, without sacrificing story. When it’s all said and done, he’s going to have one of the greatest bodies of work out there.'"
Gia Coppola, 27
Breakout feature: Palo Alto
"With her debut feature Palo Alto, Gia Coppola became the latest member of cinema’s first family to assume their rightful spot in the director’s chair."
Joe Swanberg, 32
Breakout Feature: Drinking Buddies
"Joe Swanberg’s entire career was building up to his breakout hit Drinking Buddies."
Alexandre Moors, 41
Breakout Feature: Blue Caprice
Before his debut feature Blue Caprice earned raves at last year’s Sundance, Moors was best known for being Kanye West’s go-to director.
Sarah Polley, 35
Breakout Feature: Away From Her
"It’s as exciting as it is true: Sarah Polley has only scratched the surface."
Zal Batmanglij, 32
Breakout Feature: The Sound of My Voice
"But, after the film's success, Batmanglij and his band of outsiders suddenly found themselves standing on the inside of the walls they had been peeking over ever since he graduated from Georgetown University and moved to L.A. Ridley Scott's production house, Scott Free, dropped $6.5 million on Batmanglij's second feature The East"
Josh Trank, 30
Breakout Feature: Chronicle
"Josh Trank, welcome to the big leagues. With just one film under his belt, the L.A. native’s career has skyrocketed after a small movie he made for just $12 million wound up grossing an astonishing $126 million worldwide. That film was Chronicle, and when it opened at number one in February of 2012, the then 27-year-old Trank eclipsed the likes of Steven Spielberg and James Cameron to become one of the youngest directors ever with a top-grossing movie."
Breakout Feature: Thou Wast Mild And Lovely
"The result is an audacious second feature based on the novel East of Eden, about a laborer who falls in love with a farmer’s daughter. It comes from an artist who has long been working outside the mainstream, but that may change swiftly as New Europe will be selling the film’s international rights, while Paradigm handles the North American rights."
Charlie McDowell, 30
Breakout Feature: The One I Love
"Just because Charlie McDowell was born into Hollywood royalty — his parents are actors Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen — doesn’t mean he didn’t pay his dues. Whether it was as a production assistant on Curb Your Enthusiasm or a consultant on Ken Burns’ Baseball, McDowell cut his teeth any way he could."
Behn Zeitlin, 31
Breakout Feature: Beasts of The Southern Wild
"After winning the festival’s Grand Jury Prize, Zeitlin’s film exploded onto the scene, becoming a full-blown cultural phenomenon."
Breakout Feature: Pariah
"The Nashville native has yet to make a follow-up, but has a number of projects on the go, including an adaptation of Toni Morrison’s Home and an HBO series that she’s developing with Viola Davis. Rees has come a long way since leaving the marketing industry to enroll in NYU’s graduate film program, where she met her mentor Spike Lee. (He was instrumental in getting Pariah made.)"
Gareth Evans, 33
Breakout Feature: The Raid
"'He has an innate ability to infuse an energy and an urgency into his films that is almost poetic,' says Katz, whose production company and sales agency XYZ films was instrumental in discovering Evans. 'The action never feels contrived or overwrought. It’s always innovative.' According to Katz, Evans had originally envisioned The Raid on a much larger scale, but didn’t have the necessary resources at the time. But, that was then. After the success of the first film, Evans had no trouble securing funding for The Raid 2: Berandal, which just recently screened at SXSW. And, the buzz has been deafening. According to Katz, Hollywood has already come calling. 'I have no doubt he’s going to become one of the major players,' she says."
Martha Stephens, 29
Breakout Feature: Land Ho!
"Her first film, Passenger Pigeons, examined how a small Eastern Kentucky coal town changes after the sudden death of a miner, while her second film Pilgrim Song follows an ex-music teacher who treks through the Appalachian wilderness in search of enlightenment. Both films were made on very meager budgets and both racked up the awards when they premiered at SXSW within two years of each other, making them the ultimate companion pieces.
It was on her third feature, Land Ho!, that Stephens decided to branch out with the help of some old friends. Not only did she team up with her former classmate Aaron Katz, who co-directed the moving road-trip comedy with her, but she also enlisted fellow UNSC grad and indie-film icon David Gordon Green to produce the film, which was shot in Iceland."
James Ponsoldt, 36
Breakout Feature: Smashed
"credited with reinvigorating the pallid teen drama"
Cary Fukunaga, 36
Breakout Feature: Sin Nombre
"While casual observers may just now be succumbing to the Cult of Fukunaga, the California native and former pro snowboarder, has been in the directing game for a whole decade. As a grad student at NYU, Fukunaga wrote and directed the short Victoria Para Chino, which screened at Sundance, won him a Student Academy Award, and was even shortlisted for an Oscar."
Maya Forbes, 45
Breakout Feature: Infinitely Polar Bear
"The seasoned comedy writer met wunderkind director J.J. Abrams in a park where their children played together."
Destin Daniel Cretton, 35
Breakout Feature: Short Term 12
"What he had was last year’s breakout hit, a film he wrote based on his own experiences working at a foster-care facility for at risk teens. It was an eye-opening experience for Cretton, who made short films on the side as a hobby. He eventually decided to pursue filmmaking more seriously and enrolled in the film program at SDSU. An original short version of Short Term 12 was his thesis film, which went on to win the Jury Prize for U.S. Short Filmmaking at Sundance in 2009. But, it wasn’t until Cretton’s first feature, I Am Not A Hipster, earned raves at Sundance in 2012 that he was able to lock up funding for the feature version of Short Term 12."
Mona Fastvold, 32
Breakout Feature: The Sleepwalker
"Prior to directing The Sleepwalker, Fastvold had built an extensive filmography directing music videos for the likes of Sondre Lerche, Razika, Maribel, Chris Holm, JBN, The Megaphonic Thrift, and Civiltwilight, but what really helped secure funding was an accompanying short she made to convince people she had the chops to direct a feature. It worked. Thanks to funding from a combination of private equity money and a grant from the Norwegian Film Institute, she was able to make The Sleepwalker over a hectic 18-day shoot."