This may be your first time seeing these names, but it likely won’t be your last. Some of you may recognize these names from their success on this year’s festival circuit, such as SXSW winner Trey Edward Shults. “Being one of 25 New Faces is another humbling achievement in a string of surreal things happening to me this year,” Shults told Indiewire. “I am honored to be included!”
Filmmaker Magazine Names 2015’s ’25 New Faces of Independent Film’
Filmmaker Magazine Names 2015's '25 New Faces of Independent Film'
Every summer since 1998, the IFP published Filmmaker Magazine has released a highly anticipated list of up-and-coming independent filmmakers to keep an eye on. These names have included not only directors, but talent in all areas of filmmaking, including actors, cinematographers, animators, writers and more. This year’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” is documentarian-heavy, with many filmmakers tackling sensitive subject matter dealing with poverty and homelessness, politics, race and police violence.
Filmmaker’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film of 2015 are:
Cecilia Aldarondo: This first-time filmmaker is currently in post-production on her debut first-person documentary, “Memories of a Penitent Heart,” which will hit festival circuits next year.
Khalik Allah: Street photographer-turned-director with two documentary features under his belt — “Popa Wu” and “Field Niggas.” Allah is currently touring with the latter film, which he filmed in Harlem.
Zia Anger: Director of “I Remember Nothing,” starring five actresses in the same role of Joan, as she experiences five respective stages of an epileptic seizure. Anger is in post-production on her newest short, “My Last Film.”
Theo Anthony: Baltimore-based documentarian whose “Peace in the Absence of War” was shot following Freddie Gray’s death under police custody, and it focused on media and police reactions. Anthony also directed “Chop My Money,” a documentary short following three street kids in the East Congo.
Pippa Bianco: Writer and director of documentary short “Picturing Barbara Kruger” and fiction short “Share,” both of which played SXSW this year. Bianco is also a writer on upcoming Scorsese-produced “Bleed for This.”
Andrew Hasse + Megan Brooks: These two form an editing team that recently cut their first narrative films, “Cop Car” and “Creative Control.” The two are now working on two screenplays and two shorts satirizing Burning Man culture.
The Daniels: Not, as one may presume, brothers, The Daniels are in fact two friends who have won MTV Music Awards and Emmy nominations for their music video work (which includes the video for “Turn Down for What.”) The Daniels — Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheiner — are now entering post-production on their first feature, “Swiss Army Man,” starring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano.
Jack Dunphy: Writer and director of animated, bittersweet short “Serenity,” which was a festival hit, playing at Sundance, Nashville, and more. Dunphy is currently documenting his father’s journey through hospitals and hospice care following a stroke.
Ted Fendt: Currently working on his first feature, “Short Story,” which will be comprised of strictly one-take scenes. Previous shorts include “Broken Specs,” “Travel Plans,” and “Going Out,” all of which were shot on 16mm.
Nick Berardini + Jamie Gonçalves: Berardini directed and Gonçalves produced Tribeca-launched documentary “Tom Swift and his Electric Rifle,” which investigates the safety of the “nonlethal” TASER stun gun.
Juan Pablo González: Director and editor of documentary short “The Solitude of Memory,” which mourns González’s childhood friend whom he lost to suicide.
Reinaldo Marcus Green: Having started out as a producer, Green most recently wrote and directed his short film “Stop,” dealing with racial profiling and the impact of stop-and-frisk procedures on an African-American high schooler. Green is now working on his first solo feature.
Celia Rowlson-Hall: Dancer, choreographer and actor Rowlson-Hall began directing her own work in 2010. Her first feature, “MA,” screened at Tribeca as a work-in-progress and is currently in post-production.
Anna Rose Holmer: Starting out in the camera department of films like “Twilight” and “Tiny Furniture,” Holmer moved into producing, and now also directing. “The Fits,” her first feature, was choreographed by another 2015 New Face, Celia Rowlson-Hall, and is currently in post-production.
Viktor Jakovleski: Initially a producer, Jakovleski is now working on his directorial debut, “Brimstone and Glory,” which documents Mexican suburb’s Tultepec’s nine-day fireworks celebration.
Pia Borg + Edward Lawrenson: Animator Borg and critic-turned-documentarian Lawrenson collaborated on a short essay documentary, “Abandoned Goods.” The film tells the story of the Adamson Collection, a collection of British “asylum art” from the Netherne psychiatric hospital.
Elizabeth Lo: Known for documentary short “Hotel 22,” which observes a bus in Silicon Valley that serves as a de facto homeless shelter. Lo will be expanding the short into a formally contrasting feature film.
Shevaun Mizrahi: Acted as a one-woman-crew for her documentary “Distant Constellations,” which looks at a Turkish retirement home and its residents.
Anthony Onah: Nigerian-American producer and director currently in production on his first feature, “Dara Ju,” which he developed from an earlier short. He has won the Best African American Student Filmmaker prize twice at the DGA Student Film Awards.
Tayarisha Poe: Known for her innovative multi-media online story “Selah, and the Spades,” Poe intends to develop the piece into her debut feature.
RaMell Ross: With photography that has been featured in “The New York Times” and on book covers, Ross is currently working on a documentary feature following two men in a youth program in Alabama, which Ross himself managed. The feature has received funding from the Sundance Institute and Full Frame, among others.
Ian Samuels: Known for his short film “Myrna the Monster,” which integrates puppetry, live-action and animation to tell the story of Myrna who searches for meaning while trying to adapt to life in Los Angeles. “Myrna” garnered nominations at both SXSW and Sundance.
Trey Edward Shults: Known for his debut feature “Krisha,” which won both the Audience and Grand Jury Awards at SXSW this year. Recently picked up by A24, “Krisha” is a family drama film recounting one alcohol-fueled Thanksgiving.
Jimmie Fails + Joe Talbot: This team has garnered considerable attention for their documentary-fiction hybrid “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” which is scheduled to shoot in December.
Britni West: Writer, director, editor and producer on her debut feature “Tired Moonlight.” The film, set in small town Montana, won the Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance this year.