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

Brian Koppelman @briankoppelman

Barbara Kopple @barbarakopple

Nadine Labaki @NadineLabaki

BruceLaBruce @BruceLaBruce

Penny Lane

Penny Lane @lennypane

Spike Lee @SpikeLee

Mynette Louie @mynette

Victoria Mahoney @VictoriaMahoney

Brit Marling @britmarling

Christopher McQuarrie @chrismcquarrie

Deepa Mehta @iamdeepamehta

Mira Nair @MiraPagliNair 

Frank Marshall @LeDoctor

Paola Mendoza @paolamendoza

Michael Moore @MMFlint

Errol Morris @errolmorris

Greg Mottola @gregmottola

Lynda Obst @lyndaobst

Pratibha Parmar @kalifilms

Sarah Polley on the set of her documentary, 'Stories We Tell.'

Sarah Polley @SarahEPolley

Angela Robinson @robinsonangela

Robert Rodriguez @Rodriguez

Seth Rogen @Sethrogen

Mark Romanek @markromanek

Jane Rosenthal @JaneTribeca

Eli Roth @eliroth

Ira Sachs @irasachs

Elle Schneider @elleschneider

John Sayles @john_sayles 


  • 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!