Filmmaker Magazine has announced its 16th annual “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” Among the selections are a slew of multi-hyphenates Filmmaker sees as the individuals who will be shaping the independent film world in the future. Last year’s list featured Ryan Coogler, director of then yet-to-debut “Fruitvale Station,” and he is on the 2013 Summer magazine cover. Full list below.
You can check out Filmmaker’s website feature on the list here.
25 New Faces of Independent Film of 2013:
Scott Blake’s 25-minute, masterful and mysterious short
Surveyor, a 19th-century-set existentialist Western, has flown beneath the industry radar, playing the
Tacoma Film Festival and then appearing online at Vimeo. He’s currently at work on a thriller set in the
world of private security firms.
Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe. Acclaimed
photographer and first-time filmmaker Lyric R. Cabral and director and cinematographer David Felix
Sutcliffe are currently in production on their documentary (T)ERROR, a riveting chronicle of an FBI
counterterrorism sting operation.
Emily Carmichael. Among the many short works of animator and
filmmaker Emily Carmichael are the web series The Adventures of Ledo and Ix and her recent,
acclaimed short RPG OKC, a lo-fi love affair captured as a sidescrolling arcade
Josephine Decker. Director, actress and performance artist
Josephine Decker has had a varied career that includes startling Marina Abramovic at MoMA and premiering
the unclassifiable short feature Butter on the Latch — about two women whose friendship dissolves at a
Balkan folk music camp — at the 2013 Maryland Film Festival.
Anahita Ghazvinizadeh. A recent graduate of the Art
Institute of Chicago, Tehran-born Anahita Ghazvinizadeh won the Cinefondation Best Student Short Award
at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival with Needle, a coolly observational look at an American pre-teen
Mohammad Gorejestani. Bay Area-based, Tehran-born Mohammad
Gorejestani directed for ITVS Refuge, a chillingly imagined tale of an Iranian
cyber-attack on the U.S. — and the U.S. government’s response. He’s also a branded content director and software
developer with a 1991-set feature about New Economy have-nots, Somehow These Days Will Be Missed, in the
Daniel Hart. Dallas-based composer Daniel Hart has created
one of the best scores you’ll hear all year for fellow Texas resident David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies
Saints. And in addition to his solo work, Hart has played with bands like The Polyphonic Spree and Broken
Social Scene and has scored several other films due for premiere next year.
Eliza Hittman. New York-based Eliza Hittman was one of
Sundance 2013’s most exciting discoveries. Her first feature, It Felt Like Love, is a bold, honest and
formally rigorous tale of teenage sexuality set in the seaside neighborhoods of south Brooklyn.
Boyd Holbrook. Currently filming a lead role in former “25
New Face” Sara Colangelo’s debut feature, Little Accidents, Boyd Holbrook appeared on screen this year
in the Sundance picture Very Good Girls and Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra, co-stars in the
next Terrence Malick film, is directing a short based on a Sam Shepard story and is at work developing Uncle Sam, his directorial debut.
Lou Howe. AFI grad Lou Howe was nominated for a Student
Academy Award for his short film My First Claire, and he is in post on his feature debut, Gabriel, a
Rory Culkin-starring drama that is currently part of the IFP Narrative Lab.
Andrew Thomas Huang. Following three visually astonishing
experimental shorts, including the Slamdance-winning Solipsist, L.A.-based Andrew Thomas Huang
is creating magical, effects-heavy musical videos, such as the recent “Mutual Core” for Bjork
and Sigur Ros’ “Brennisteinn.”
Elaine McMillion. Boston-based doc filmmaker Elaine
McMillion found an exciting new form for her work with Hollow, an interactive participatory documentary
about life in a West Virginia town that just launched online at hollowdocumentary.com.
Jason Osder. Jason Osder’s searing look at the Philadelphia
Police Department’s 1985 attack on the black separatist group MOVE, Let the Fire Burn, was a documentary
discovery at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. The D.C.-based George Washington University
professor is currently at work on his follow-up, another true tale of political killing set in 1985.
Andrew Droz Palermo. Columbia, Mo.-based cinematographer and
now director Andrew Droz Palermo has a number of releases set for the next year, including,
as d.p., Adam Wingard’s horror picture, You’re Next, for Lionsgate, and Hannah Fidell’s A Teacher. He’s
also directing with Tracy Droz Tragos Rich Hill, a documentary portrait of three boys in the Missouri town.
Iva Radivojevic. After having shot and directed numerous
short, travel-based essay films for her website Iva Asks, New York-based director, cinematographer and
editor Iva Radivojevic is in post on her debut feature, Evaporating Borders. Executive produced by Laura
Poitras, it’s a visual essay about political refugees and asylum seekers in Cyprus, shot in the wake of
its banking sector collapse.
Nandan Rao. Oregon-based Nandan Rao first garnered attention
as an innovative cinematographer for directors like Sophia Takal (Green) and Zach Weintraub
(Bummer Summer), but in the last year he’s directed his own debut, The Men of
Dodge City, and, with Weintraub, launched the online site Simple Machine, a distributor start-up he describes as “the Airbnb
Rodrigo Reyes. With his experimental feature Memories of the
Future and his recent documentary about the U.S.-Mexico border, Purgatorio, the latter of which
recently premiered at the Guadalajara and Los Angeles Film Festivals, L.A.-based Rodrigo Reyes is creating
a new visual language that unites the personal with the political.
Anna Sandilands and Ewan McNicol. Seattle-based filmmakers
Anna Sandilands and Ewan McNicol are partners in the advertising agency Lucid, Inc. while making
a series of evocative short documentaries. Their latest, the Webby Award-winning The Roper, played Sundance,
True/False and SXSW in 2013, and a feature, Uncertain, is in post.
Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld. The hilariously messy
lives of New Yorkers are engagingly captured in High Maintenance, a Web series about a marijuana delivery
service by actor and editor Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld, an Emmy-nominated casting director for 30
Leah Shore. With the SXSW-premiering short film Old Man,
Leah Shore combined her own frenetic animation style with audio interviews of Charles Manson to
create a dazzling, psychotropic romp through the latter half of the 20th century.
Andrea Sisson and Pete Ohs. Ohio-born, L.A.-based filmmakers
Andrea Sisson and Pete Ohs turned their fascination with Iceland into a beautiful and philosophical
experimental documentary, I Send You This Place, which premiered at the Full Frame Film Festival.
Jeremy Teicher. New York filmmaker Jeremy Teicher traveled
to rural Senegal to make his first feature, Tall as the Baobab Tree. Shooting it himself and working
with next to no budget and actors speaking in a rural dialect that had never been used in a narrative film,
it is a smart, rhythmic and moving tale of two sisters trying to self-actualize in their small village. The
film has played the London, Rotterdam, San Francisco and New York Human Rights Watch Film Festivals.
Michael Tyburski and Ben Nabors. The production team of
Michael Tyburski and Ben Nabors won the 2013 SXSW Grand Jury Documentary prize with William and the
Windmill, which Nabors directed and Tyburski shot. The film follows William Kamkwamba as he travels
the international circuit following his building of a windmill for his Malawi village. The two also
co-wrote Tyburski’s prize-winning Sundance short, Palimpsest, an eerie, quasi-romantic narrative about
an urban sonic feng shui specialist.
Lauren Wolkstein. With her short film Social Butterfly,
which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, New York-based Lauren Wolkstein turned the tale of a female
American grifter’s infiltration into a French teenage house party into a surprisingly moving lesbian
coming-of-age story. It’s just one of several striking shorts by Wolkstein, including The Strange Ones, which she
co-directed with Christopher Radcliffe.
Chloé Zhao. Beijing-born, New York-based writer/director
Chloé Zhao has been traveling back and forth to the Lakota Pine Ridge reservation in North Dakota in
preparation for her debut feature, Lee, about an insurgent teen working his way towards adulthood in an
environment in which teen suicide is rampant. The winner of the NYU Christopher Columbus/Richard Vague Film
Production Grant, the project has also been supported by IFP, Sundance, and Film Independent