Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film
Welcome to our 2014 25 New Faces.
Started almost on a whim back in 1998, as a way to generate content during the independent film doldrums of summer, the 25 has grown to be the feature we devote our most time and attention to. Year round we note new work by young (as in careers, not age) filmmakers that inspires us, we reach out to members of our community for suggestions, and we challenge ourselves to both fall in love and make bets. We keep tracking lists, making sure to check back in with some early-stage filmmakers the following year, and we try not to be too clever about the whole thing. In other words, when we make our selections, we’re not trying to predict next year’s Sundance Grand Prize winners – although with recent 25s Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) and Andrew Droz Palermo (Rich Hill) we wound up doing just that.
The 25 New Faces is a list based not around consensus but passion. One person’s enthusiastic “yes” trumps a committee’s worth of “okay”’s. On this year’s list you’ll find globe-trotting directors and an adventurous sushi-maker; an 8-bit composer and a train-riding experimentalist; a veteran screenwriter and 17 directors who have yet to premiere their first feature. You’ll find filmmakers doubling down on long-form narrative work both within the independent sphere and in the studio world. And you’ll read about those who are rethinking their forms for a world in which people are watching and loving media in entirely new ways. There is work that represents entire communities as well as visions emanating from idiosyncratically thrilling points of view. Mostly, there is promise. We can’t wait to see what these filmmakers will do in the years ahead, and we’re excited for you to discover them now.