Josephine de la BaumeProfession:
"Kiss of the Damned"Why They're On Here:
French beauty Josephine de La Baume makes for one hell of a fiery blood
sucker in the indie vampire tale "Kiss of the Damned," written and
directed by Xan Cassevetes, daughter to John and Gena Rowlands (it opened this summer). The role of Djuna marks La Baume's most high profile one yet following
supporting parts in "The Princess of Montpensier" and "One Day" -- and she kills it.What's Up Next:
popularity will surely only continue to rise once audiences catch her in
Ron Howard's anticipated Formula One drama "Rush," out in theaters
during the heat of awards season on September 20.Randy Moore Profession:
"Escape From Tomorrow"Why They're On Here:
Moore shot his debut film "Escape from Tomorrow
on location at Disney World without obtaining any kind of permission.
He simply bought his cast and crew season passes and returned over and
over again to complete the project. The daring guerrilla production was
one of the most talked about films at Sundance this year and was chosen
by Roger Ebert to screen at this year's EbertFest just before the famed
critic's death. But Moore doesn't have any grandiose commentary on
Disney itself. "I don't want to be like a personality like someone who's
out there trying to make a spectacle of trying to bring down
corporations," he told Indiewire back in January. "I just wanted to tell
a story."What's Up Next:
So far, Disney hasn't taken any legal action against "Escape from Tomorrow
," but the film sill doesn't have official distribution. During the month long binge wherein Moore wrote "Escape from Tomorrow
he also penned two other scripts: one a horror film set on a boat, and
another about an actress who gets involved with a cult. Might we suggest
guerrilla style on a big name cruise ship or within the inner workings
of Scientology?Danai GuriraProfession:
"Mother of George"Why They're On Here:
Most people know Danai Gurira as the Samurai sword-wielding Michonne on "The
Walking Dead." But Gurira is also an award winning stage actor, an Obie
Award winning writer, and co-founder of a Zimbabwean arts education
non-profit. This year at Sundance, Gurira wowed critics with her
stunning performance in Andrew Dosunmu's "Mother of George" as a
Nigerian newlywed struggling to conceive.What's Up Next:
In April, Gurira told South African news site
The Independent that she's been approached to write her own TV series.
Breakout Film: "The Kings of Summer"
Why They're On Here: Jordan
Vogt-Roberts caused a stir at Sundance this year with his coming of age
comedy "The Kings of Summer," but the Detroit-born director and writer
has been making waves in the comedy world for the past couple years. He
got his start setting up the website Blerds.com, an outlet for his
stand-up comedian friends. Vogt-Roberts went on to direct various web
series and shorts, including the short film "Successful Alcoholics"
starring T.J. Miller and Lizzy Caplan, which premiered at Sundance in
2010 and has since been played at over thirty festivals. Vogt-Roberts'
ascension continued as he went on to direct some episodes of the HBO
series "Funny or Die Presents" and create the Comedy Central stand-up
series "Mash Up" in 2012. That year his feature directorial debut went
into production. Originally titled "Toy's House," "The Kings of Summer"
stars relative unknowns Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, and Moises Arias,
as well as star players Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, and Megan Mullaly.
The film follows three teens who eschew their parents' rigid lifestyles
and run away to live in the woods-- sort of Thoreau meets "Superbad."
The film met positive reviews upon its premiere and its May 31st release date, cementing Vogt-Roberts' name as a fresh figure in comedy to look out for.
What's Up Next: While
he has so solidified plans as of yet, Vogt-Roberts has intimated that
he has some ideas he is trying to get off of the ground and has some
scripts that have been sent his way. He is also figuring out plans for a
second season of his show "Mash Up."
Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenrich in "Beautiful Creatures"
"Ginger & Rosa"
Why They're On Here:
Englert grew up in cinema. As the daughter of Oscar-winning director
Jane Campion ("The Piano") and filmmaker Colin Englert, she spent her
childhood on airplanes and in editing rooms. Lately, the teen actress
has proven more than capable at commanding attention in front of the
camera. This became evident in her breakout performance this year in
Sally Potter's period drama "Ginger & Rosa." The film follows the
relationship of two teenage girls, Englert and Elle Fanning, in London
in 1962. As political and social tumult takes the world by storm, it has
an equally threatening effect on the girls' friendship. 2013 also saw
Englert starring in the mystical and gothic fantasy film "Beautiful
What's Up Next:
has some other projects set for release this year. The time-travel
adventure film "Singularity" starring Josh Hartnett is currently in
post-production. Also coming soon is "In Fear," a dark thriller that
premiered at Sundance. It hits theaters in the U.K. in November, with no
word on a U.S. release date.
[Nigel M. Smith, Ben Travers, Casey Cipriani, Julia Selinger, Madeline Raynor and Clint Holloway contributed to this article.]