In an anticipated annual list in the indie world, Filmmaker Magazine unveiled its "25 New Faces of Independent Film" today. The 15th edition of the list include a "new wave of smart science fiction films, and three different sets of curators transitioning to filmmaking," according to the publication.
Directors, screenwriters, composers, editors and actors join this year's group who were chosen by Filmmaker's editors over the past year.
"Our 25 list has always favored those whose creativity shines in not just their films but in the ways they begin their careers," commented Filmmaker Editor-in-Chief Scott Macaulay. "The filmmakers on this year's list demonstrate enormous ingenuity as they find new ways to establish themselves and connect with their audiences."
Past 25 Faces include: Sean Durkin ("Martha Marcy May Marlene"), Lena Dunham ("Tiny Furniture"), Rashaad Ernesto Green ("Gun Hill Road"), Derek Cianfrance ("Blue Valentine"), Danfung Dennis ("To Hell and Back Agai"n), Matt Porterfield ("Putty Hill"), Craig Brewer ("Hustle & Flow"), Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden ("Half Nelson"), Barry Jenkins ("Medicine for Melancholy"), Miranda July ("Me and You and Everyone We Know"), Joshua Safdie ("The Pleasure of Being Robbed") and Peter Sollett and Eva Vives ("Raising Victor Vargas"). Notable actors include several high profile names in the early stages of their careers such as Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Ellen Page, Peter Sarsgaard and Hilary Swank. Filmmaker is a publication of the Independent Feature Project (IFP).
The 2012 "25 New Faces of Independent Film" (with descriptions, credits and commentary provided by Filmmaker) are:
Desiree Akhavan and Ingrid Jungermann. Described by the filmmakers as "a gay Scenes from a Marriage" about "superficial, homophobic lesbians," The Slope is Desiree Akhavan and Ingrid Jungermann's witty and highly successful web series, which they're currently developing as a feature.
Jonas Carpignano. A Chjàna, Jonas Carpignano's explosive short film about street riots involving African immigrants in Rosarno, Italy, won the Best Short Film at the Venice Film Festival. It's currently being developed as a feature at the Sundance Screenwriter's Lab.
Ian Clark. Oregan-based filmmaker Ian Clark has made a number of shorts that capture the beauty and rhythms of his region's small-town life. His latest, Searching for Yellow, is about a graffiti artist who makes nature his canvas. Clark also jointly programs the East Oregon Film Festival.
Ryan Coogler. After several acclaimed shorts, Bay Area-based writer/director Ryan Coogler is making his debut feature, Fruitvale, about the New Year’s Eve police killing of Oscar Grant and co-starring Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer.
Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari. Filmmaker Drea Cooper and photographer Zackary Canepari found a visually seductive and highly original approach to depicting Los Angeles in their acclaimed web series, California is a Place.
Chris Dapkins. Cinematographer and filmmaker Chris Dapkins' dreamy, shallow-focus cinematography transforms late adolescence into modern mythology in Tim Sutton's Pavilion, due for release from Factory 25 in early 2013. Dapkins' other credits include the documentaries The Central Park Effect and The Swell Season, which he co-directed.
Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worral. Film producer Katherine Fairfax Wright and journalist/videographer Malika Zouhali-Worral teamed to direct their debut feature doc, Call Me Kuchu, about the imperiled LGBT community in Uganda, where a bill proposed making homosexuality punishable by death. The film has won awards at the Berlin Film Festival and Hot Docs. [Go HERE for our interview with the filmmakers.]
Hannah Fidell. Writer/director Hannah Fidell's debut feature A Teacher, a piercing psychological drama about an unstable female high school teacher, won the postproduction prize at the Champs-Elysees Film Festival's US-in-Progress section in June.