25 New Faces of Independent Films

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Filmmaker Magazine has announced its annual “25 New Faces of Independent Film,” in which if predicts which up and coming filmmakers/writers/actors/etc. will have success in the Independent Film industry in the next several years. Their previous lists have included filmmakers Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow), Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Half Nelson), Barry Jenkins (Medicine for Melancholy), and Miranda July (Me and You and Everyone We Know) and actors Ryan Gosling (The Believer), Ellen Page (Hard Candy), Peter Sarsgaard (Another Day in Paradise) and Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry).

The lists also includes directors of photography, editors, etc. This year the emphasis is on individuals who are finding an inventive way to make a career in film.

View the full 2009 list after the jump…and view profiles at Filmmaker Magazine Online.

Filmmaker Magazines 25 New Faces of Independent Film

Andrew T. Betzer, director of this year’s Cannes Director’s Fortnight entry, “John Wayne Hated Horses.”

Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal, writer-directors of the upcoming “Stranger Things.”

Derek Cianfrance, writer-director of upcoming “Blue Valentine,” starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams.

Destin Daniel Cretton, winner of the Jury Prize at Sundance for his short, “Short Term 12.”

Lena Dunham, director of the semi-autobiographical “Creative Nonfiction,” which screened at SXSW.

Morgan Jon Fox, writer-director of “OMG/HaHaHa,” will be out on DVD this fall.

Steph Green, a commercial, music video, and narrative fiction director whose short, “Boy,” was nominated for an Academy Award.

Paula Huidobro, director of photography on Damian Harris’s “Gardens of the Night,” Joy Gohring’s short “18,” and Leland Orser’s upcoming “Morning.”

Frankie Latina director of underground spy movie epic, “Modus Operandi,” which debuted at CineVegas.

Jody Lee Lipes, director of photography on “Afterschool,” and director of upcoming doc “Brock Enright: Good Times Will Never Be The Same.”

Lost Zombies, who won two Web awards at SXSW for LostZombies.com, a site that is crowdsourcing the production of what is billed as “the first community-generated zombie documentary.”

Tina Mabry, writer-director of Slamdance-premiering debut, “Mississippi Damned.”

Rooney Mara, an actress featured in Miguel Arteta’s “Youth in Revolt,” Adam Salkey’s “Dare,” and James Strouse’s “The Winning Season,” as well as the new remake of “Nightmare on Elm Street.”

Geoff Marslett, Austin-based animator currently in post-production on his debut feature, “Mars.”

Paola Mendoza, co-director and writer of “Entre nos,” which premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Jeff Mizushima, winner of the Filmmaker to Watch award at CineVegas for his debut feature, “Etienne!”

Asiel Norton, director of first feature “Redland,” which premiered at CineVegas.

Ian Olds, director of doc, “Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi,” which showed at Rotterdam, and premiered at Tribeca.

Nicole Opper, a Philadelphia-based documentarian whose “Off and Running” screened at Tribeca, New Fest and Frameline.

Jessica Oreck, director of science documentary “Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo,” which premiered at SXSW.

Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher, directors of “October Country,” which won Best Documentary at Silver Docs.

David and Ian Purchase, Toronto-based directors whose $500 short film based on the Half Life video game was viewed 2.7 million times on YouTube.

Nat Sanders, editor of both Barry Jenkins’ “Medicine for Melancholy” and Lynn Shelton’s “Humpday.”

Sebastian Silva, director of the Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize winning “The Maid.”

Bradford Young, director of photography on “Mississippi Damned” and “Entre nos.”

[Source: indieWIRE]

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