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December 28, 2012 1:18 PM
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The Indie-Film Industry's Top Ten Lists of the Best in 2012 Movies and TV

"Looper" Sony
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."
"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.


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”

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  • Myrna Coy | January 3, 2013 10:09 PMReply

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

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

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Give me a break.

  • Beth Levison | January 3, 2013 3:53 PMReply

    Wow, well, I have no beef being on this list and thank you for including Etsy on it! Very exciting but there's so much great short doc form work out there. Glad we're helping give the form some visibility.

  • Anonymous | January 2, 2013 10:00 AMReply

    This is a very US-centric list of contributors. It would have been interesting to include some more international industry figures.

  • chris | December 28, 2012 2:35 PMReply

    Anne Hathaway steals the show?!?!?! What movie were you watching?!?! She was easily the worst part in that mess they call DKR.