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by Paula Bernstein
October 30, 2013 2:59 PM
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100 Filmmakers to Follow on Twitter

Jay and Mark Duplass

We recently compiled a list of 40 Female Filmmakers to follow on Twitter and asked for suggestions of others to add. The response was overwhelming, so we've expanded the list and opened it up to all filmmakers regardless of gender.

Note that this is not a comprehensive list, nor is it ranked (it's in alphabetical order). In some cases, the filmmakers listed below are also be actresses and/or writers and TV producers, but they have all directed and/or produced films.  You won't find screenwriters, editors or DPs (we'll get to those lists another time). Instead, you'll find documentarians and true indie filmmakers on the list as well as mainstream Hollywood directors.

The only thing they all have in common is that they all have active Twitter presences. We have created a master list so you can follow everyone here (and we're adding filmmakers to that list too, so chime in with suggestions).

Haifaa Al Mansour @HaifaaMansour

Judd Apatow @Judd Apatow

Allison Anders @MsAllisonAnders

Asia Argento @AsiaArgento

Darren Aronofsky

Darren Aronofsky @DarrenAronofsky

Katie Aselton @duplaselton

Miranda Bailey @ambushent

Bob Balaban @BobBalaban

Lake Bell @lakebell

Joe Berlinger @joeberlinger

Brad Bird @BradBirdA113

Philip Bloom @PhilipBloom

Craig Brewer @MyBrewTube

Albert Brooks @AlbertBrooks

James L. Brooks @canyonjim

Diablo Cody

Joe Carnahan @carnojoe

John Carpenter @TheHorrorMaster

Gurinder Chadha @GurinderC

Diablo Cody @diablocody

Roger Corman @RogerCorman

Cherien Dabis @CherienDabis

Joe Dante @joe_dante

Lydia Dean Pilcher @queendean

Illeana Douglas @Illeanarama


  • R: | May 22, 2014 1:56 PMReply

    No David Lynch is a bit of an oversight.

  • Sean Finnegan | November 15, 2013 7:30 PMReply

    How I didn't make this list I'll never know.

  • welcome | October 31, 2013 10:51 PMReply

    This is an underwhelming article. What is wrong with indiewire exactly? If anything we should follow Jocelyn Berman's twitter as she has offered the only intelligent entry on this entire site in the last three days.

  • Armak | October 31, 2013 10:01 PMReply

    I'm @Armakk… and my aggregated Lists of helmers, scripters, producers, financiers, distributors, film festivals, etc might be of interest. All of the above and below and more.

  • Filmmy | October 31, 2013 3:01 PMReply

    Yes... also follow @timvandesteeg

  • Rob | October 31, 2013 2:20 PMReply

    Ha I just looked at someone on your list they've tweeted like 50 times ever. Was this just like the first 100 people you could think of? Doesn't seem like you really did the work.
    Not enough DuPlass family either. Surely they have a cousin who tweets.

  • Sam Longoria | October 31, 2013 2:04 PMReply

    Please include Sam Longoria.

    Sam worked on your favorite Hollywood movies,
    and is making his movies now.

  • jason | October 31, 2013 1:22 PMReply

    With a few obvious exceptions this list is kind of a fail

  • MichaelbBarnathan | October 31, 2013 12:24 PMReply


  • Jocelyn Berman | October 31, 2013 11:56 AMReply

    Too bad Stanley Kubrick, John Ford and Bergman aren't around to twitter all their thoughts to us on a minute to minute basis. Oh, wait. We have their work for this. That's why they made films. The sandwich board self-promoting era we currently occupy is sad and pathetic.

  • @jenvargas | October 31, 2013 11:52 AMReply

    I'm not on this list and I'm much more active than most of these people? I'm a filmmaker AND I produce a tv show about filmmaking in Florida (@ICSTVSHOW)...

  • Shelly | October 31, 2013 11:08 AMReply

    Some of the people on this list barely have a twitter presence at all. Or just use it to boringly self promote. Can we have a list of film people who are interesing on twitter specifically?

  • Paula Bernstein | October 31, 2013 9:23 AMReply

    Thanks so much, Judy. We are adding filmmakers to our Twitter list, which you can follow here:
    We'll be sure to add your recommendations.

  • Judy Plapinger | October 30, 2013 11:26 PMReply

    I think it's an amazing list, and I follow many of them already, but here are 50 more of the most exciting, interesting, wonderful indie/doc filmmakers working today:
    1. Albert Maysles @AlbertMaysles,
    2. AJ Schnack @ajschnack (@CaucusDoc, @LieToStrangers, Convention, Kurt Cobain About a Son, and Founding Director of @cinemaeyehonors.),
    3. Rob Epstein @Epstein_Rob (Howl, Lovelace, Time of Harvey Milk,
    4. marta cunningham @martacunningha9 (Valentine Road),
    5. Riley Hooper @RileyMakesDocs, Josh Lunden @ExistentialWank,
    6. Kelcey Edwards @kelceyedwards,
    7. Rachel Grady @RachelLoki (Detropia),
    8. Heidi Ewing @HeidiLoki (Detropia),
    9. Roger Ross Williams @RogerRossWill (God Loves Uganda, Music for Prudence),
    10. David Lowery @davidlowery (Pit Stop, Ain't Them Bodies Saints),
    11. trevawurmfeld @trevawurmfeld (Shepard and Dark),
    12. Kate McLean @katedotmclean,
    13. Yen Tan @PitStopTheMovie,
    14. Samantha Housman @SamanthaHousman,
    15. Patrick Creadon @PatrickCreadon (Wordplay, IOUSA),
    16. sara bernstein @sarabdocs (HBO Docs),
    17. Francesca Gregorini @francescagreg (Truth About Emanuel, Tanner Hall),
    18. Jeffrey Friedman @jeffriedman (Lovelace, HOWL, Celluloid Closet),
    19. Anne Lundgren @jomafilms (Redwood Highway, Calvin Marshall),
    20. Marshall Curry @marshallcurry (Street Fight, Racing Dreams, If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, Mistaken for Strangers),
    21. Theo Rigby ‏@theofilms (Immigrant Nation, Sin Pais),
    22. Eddie Schmidt @Eddie_Schmidt,
    23. Gary Lundgren @GaryLundgren (Redwood Highway, Calvin Marshall),
    24. Robert Greene @prewarcinema,
    25. Dawn Porter @dawnporterm (Gideon's Army),
    26. Eva Weber @evaoddgirlout,
    27. Jed Rothstein @boerumhillfilm (Before the Spring, After the Fall and Killing in the Name),
    28. Ben Nabors @bennabors (William and the Windmill, Palimpset),
    29. Dan Mirvish @DanMirvish (Between Us),
    30. Chris Shellen @shellenout (Marwencol),
    31. Christoph Baaden @CBaaden (Hood to Coast),
    32. Rei Green @reimarcusgreen (Reinaldo Marcus Green-Gun Hill Road),
    33. David Wilson @davidkinofist (We Always Lie to Strangers, Big Birding Day),
    34. Alex Gibney @alexgibneyfilm,
    35. Nathan Truesdell @NathanTruesdell (Caucus, Convention),
    36. Adam Roffman @adamroffman (Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself),
    37. Ben Kempas @kempas (Upstream Battle),
    38. Elliot Kotek @ElliotKotek (filmmaker, journalist),
    39. Mike & Tim Rauch @RauchBros (animators),
    40. rossbros @rossbros (Bill and Turner Ross: 45365, Tchoupitoulas),
    41. Jody Arlingtonaa1 @jodyarlington (not strictly a filmmaker, but you should follow her),
    42. Susan Saladoff @SusanSaladoff (Hot Coffee),
    43. RodantiBrosFilms @RodantiBros,
    44. Tom Donahue @Donahuefilm (Casting By),
    45. Robert Greenwald @robertgreenwald (Brave New Films),
    46. RJ Cutler @rjcutler (The World According to Dick Cheney),
    47. Jason Sussberg @friendofdurutti,
    48. After Tiller @aftertiller (Martha Shane, Lana Wilson),
    49. Detroit Unleaded @DetroitUnleaded (Rola Nashef Director)
    50. DA Pennebarker and Chris Hegedus Pennebaker Hegedus @PHFilms

  • Paula Bernstein | October 30, 2013 7:15 PMReply

    Thanks for the good suggestion! We'll remember him for our next list...

  • film fan | October 30, 2013 7:00 PMReply

    Don't forget Edward Buns- @edward_burns one of the only directors I've seen to really engage with his fans and share info/tips!