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October 1, 2013 9:30 AM
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10 'Directors to Watch' According to iTunes

Indie film fans will, no doubt, already be familiar with the majority of these directors (they're not exactly undiscovered gems), but it's still worth taking a look at the iTunes store's selection of "Directors to Watch," which is part of their list of "iTunes Essentials: Independent Films."

Here is the list of "Directors to Watch" along with the films which warranted their inclusion:

1, Benh Zeitlin ("Beasts of the Southern Wild")

2. Derek Cianfrance ("Blue Valentine")

3. Sofia Coppola ("Lost in Translation")

4. Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass ("Cyrus")

5. Cary Fukunaga ("Si Nombre")

6. Lena Dunham ("Tiny Furniture")

7. Noah Baumbach ("The Squid and the Whale")

8. Rian Johnson ("Brick") 

9. Miranda July ("Me and You and Everyone We Know")

10. Ramin Bahrani ("Goodbye Solo")

What do you think of their list? Who did they leave off of it?

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19 Comments

  • Indie Movies 2 Watch | October 9, 2013 6:05 PMReply

    The iTunes list includes talented directors but here's another list with up and coming directors to watch.
    Rebbecca Thomas: Electrick Children
    Lucy Mulloy: Una Noche
    Ben Wheatley: Sightseers
    Shane Carruth: Upstream Color
    Keith Miller: Welcome To Pine Hill
    Destin Daniel Cretton: Short Term 12
    David Zellner: Kid-Thing
    Chad Hartigan: This Is Martin Bonner
    Sean Baker: Starlet

  • JDB | October 7, 2013 12:01 PMReply

    Sam Kadi who directed "THE CITIZEN!"

  • F.J | October 2, 2013 4:24 PMReply

    Denis Villeneuve should be on the list, his American Film debut "Prisoners" was exquisite. I believe he is a very promising, and I am very excited his work in the future. He is one of few Canadians who actually made an impact internationally in very recent years.

  • Michael Harrelson | October 1, 2013 10:56 PMReply

    I;d add Rob Conway to that list Exit to hell and Jonathan Milliard Colonial theatre

  • Jen | October 1, 2013 10:36 PMReply

    Seriously, who made this list? Is it for people who live in a box? I need to be able to come away with something I can at least wipe my butt with when reading these articles, people....

  • Diana | October 1, 2013 7:41 PMReply

    Oliver Schmitz - Life Above All

  • mistermonkstrap | October 1, 2013 7:39 PMReply

    Totally riduculous. The world clearly knows 7 of these 10 people.

  • randy | October 1, 2013 2:24 PMReply

    haha, this shows how much people at itunes don't know crap about movies. this list is simply ridiculous. most of these directors have already been established in the indie scene for a whiiile. yawn.

  • Emerson Shaw | October 1, 2013 11:25 AMReply

    Three Words: Nicolas Winding Refn

  • Nick | October 1, 2013 10:37 AMReply

    Adam Leon

    Noah and Sofia are "directors to watch"? They've been around for a long time...

  • Roby K | October 1, 2013 10:34 AMReply

    I think Kelly Reichardt and Jeff Nichols should be in the list.

  • Diana R | October 1, 2013 10:01 AMReply

    Zal Batmanglij (The East; Sound of My Voice)

  • Theo | October 1, 2013 9:56 AMReply

    I would add Jeff Nichols (Everything he made already is excellent, especially Shotgun Stories), Debra Granik and maybe Lynn Shelton (I really liked Safety Not Guaranteed).

  • Woman of film | October 1, 2013 9:52 AMReply

    How about throwing international filmmakers a bone?

    Or does an international filmmaker not an indie filmmaker make?
    You must be American to qualify?

  • GatorX | October 1, 2013 9:45 AMReply

    The Hawkins Brothers for "We Gotta Get Out of this Place." One of the best films at the Toronto Film Fest.

  • Studio2grl | October 1, 2013 9:40 AMReply

    I still like Andrea Arnold or has she passed into mainstream?

  • Incognito | October 1, 2013 9:40 AMReply

    I watched Lena Dunham's Tiny furniture and all the pets in my house killed themselves.
    You've been warned.

  • Alex Pereira | October 1, 2013 9:39 AMReply

    I don't know why, but I stopped seeing Sofia Coppola as an 'indie director', not because she does big budget movies or anything, but she reached a different level of success and achievement comparing to, say, Benh Zeitlin.
    That being said, if we were allowed to put up-and-coming directors and/or actor-directors, I'd add Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ryan Coogler (who directed "Fruitvale Station"), both "Don Jon" and "Fruitvale Station" were very promising debuts from the aforementioned newcomers, and I am definitely looking forward to their next projects.

  • terry m | October 1, 2013 9:34 AMReply

    You forgot Stephen Robinson...