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The Indie-Film Industry's Top Ten Lists of the Best in 2012 Movies and TV

By Indiewire | Indiewire December 28, 2012 at 1:18PM

Entertainment journalists and critics tend to monopolize the Top Ten lists each year, but just as enlightening are the reactions of those who work in the indie-film industry. This extensive Indiewire compendium is a treasure trove of quality and quirk as the industry has chosen to champion them.

Sony "Looper"
ROB SCHEER, Brigade Marketing

1. "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
2. "The Master"
3. "How to Survive a Plague"
4. "Zero Dark Thirty"
5. "Amour"
6. "Looper"
7. "Lincoln"
8. "Seven Psychopaths"
9. "The Grey"
10. "Django Unchained"

RICHARD J. SHEEHAN, VP & Sr. Relationship Manager, HSBC Bank USA, Entertainment & Media Group

"Beasts of the Southern Wild"
"The Intouchables"
"Keep the Lights On"
"Life of Pi"
"Searching for Sugar Man"
"Zero Dark Thirty"


Television was all about cable: "Homeland" (although season 2 was not as believably coherent, it was still compelling), "Newsroom," "Veep," "Girls," "Game of Thrones," "Walking Dead" and "Breaking Bad" were all must-see television. The only network shows that have been as consistent are "Modern Family" & "The Good Wife."

GENNA TERRANOVA, director of programming, Tribeca Film Festival
Twitter: @gennaterranova

"Zero Dark Thirty"
"Silver Linings Playbook"
"Beasts of the Southern Wild"
"Moonrise Kingdom"
"Girls" (TV)
"The Master"
"Searching for Sugar Man"

My top film/TV-centric book this year was "The Storytelling Animal" by Jonathan Gottschall.

BASIL TSIOKOS, programming associate, documentary features, Sundance Film Festival
Twitter: @1basil1

Following is an unranked, alphabetical list of my top ten documentaries of 2012. As always, it's tough to narrow down the great non-fiction to just ten films, and there were several other great titles that could have been included here, but these are definitely among this year's crop that left a strong impression:

Dror Moreh's "The Gatekeepers."
Dror Moreh's "The Gatekeepers."
"The Central Park Five"
"The Gatekeepers"
"How To Survive A Plague"
"The Imposter"
"Indie Game: The Movie"
"Low and Clear"
"Only the Young"
"Room 237"
"Searching for Sugar Man"
"¡Vivan las Antipodas!"

JOHN VON THADEN, Manager of Acquisitions, Magnolia Pictures / Magnet Releasing

My Top 10 for 2012 - in alphabetical order and excluding films distributed by Magnolia/Magnet.


Shadow Dancer
LUCY WALKER, filmmaker, “Waste Land”
Twitter: @lucyjwalker

I can't get my list of favourite documentaries down to 10. I'm pleased to announce that there are way too many docs I've liked this past year. And I haven't watched enough fiction films in order for this to be a definitive list, as I've been consumed making my new film. But here are ten fiction films in my mind:

“Holy Motors”
“Zero Dark Thirty”
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
“Shadow Dancer”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“The Master”
“Life of Pi”
“Django Unchained”
“Anna Karenina”

This article is related to: Television, Top Ten Lists, Top Ten Films 2012, The Master, Stories We Tell, Room 237, How To Survive A Plague, Zero Dark Thirty, Amour, Holy Motors, Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Silver Linings Playbook

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