Every year, Indiewire is the place to get to know the Sundance filmmakers ahead of the festival. And today we're launching the 2012 batch of filmmaker profiles -- about four each day, all the way up to the opening day on January 19.

Indiewire invited directors with films in the U.S. Dramatic, U.S. Documentary, World Dramatic, World Documentary and NEXT competitions to take part by submitting responses to a series of questions in their own words. This year, we'll publish the responses from more than 50 filmmakers.

Keep checking here every day up to the launch for the latest profiles.