IndieWire's Influencers 2021: Profiles of a
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Profiles of a Partnership

Winter 2021


IndieWire’s Influencers is an ongoing series that explores how behind-the-scenes artisans have shaped the way today’s best films and television series get made. In this winter’s film edition, we celebrate the impact these masters of craft have had through their work with a single collaborator. “Profiles of a Partnership” will show you how the creative process, visual language, and aural worlds of your favorite directors has emerged from a key collaboration that has defined both of their careers.

We’ll take you inside how editor Sarah Flack not only carves out the unique rhythms and sensibility of Sofia Coppola’s films, but how the collaboration gave the director the confidence to follow her voice at a turning point in her career. We’ll show you how the filmmaking of old friends, like Darren Aronofsky and cinematographer Matthew Libatique, or David Fincher and sound designer Ren Klyce, has evolved as they grew up in the industry together. We will also go inside blossoming collaborations, like Garrett Bradley and her editor Gabe Rhodes, as they continue to evolve their work into something new. 

This year, we’ve also used our in-depth interviews with filmmakers to create accompanying videos essays, so you can dig even deeper into the craft behind some of the year’s best films, like “Mank,” “Time,” “Wolfwalkers,” “On the Rocks,” “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” along with other masterpieces from years past.

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