Sarah Gertrude Shapiro is on our 10 to Watch list for her narrative short, “Sequin Raze.”May 9th, 2013 | Mike Sullivan
Senior critic Kurt Brokaw admired Sarah Gertrude Shapiro's narrative short (Sequin Raze at New Directors/New Films) so much, the rest of us wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Now, we want you to see for yourself.
A reality TV dating show might be the last place you would think to explore the societal pressures women face, much less mine the depths of genuine emotional pathos. But then, you aren't filmmaker Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, and you haven't seen her narrative short, Sequin Raze.
Jason DaSilva is on our 10 to Watch list in 2013 for “When I Walk.”May 8th, 2013 | Stacey Main
Doc-maker, animator, app-entrepreneur... it seems that Jason DaSilva can do it all. In a revealing personal doc released at Sundance earlier this year, DaSilva shares what happens when he loses the ability to walk. Read here about what other projects he has planned for 2013.
“It was kind of like an art project”, says writer/director Jason DaSilva as he recollects the beginnings of his feature documentary, When I Walk.
We can't wait for John Alan Thompson to finish "Lend a Hand for Love."May 7th, 2013 | Minhae Shim
A near death experience had staying power for experimental filmmaker John Alan Thompson. His short-in-progress, Lend a Hand for Love is one we don't want to miss.
John Alan Thompson is a man who promulgates the world of the bizarre, the supernatural, and the surreal. Moving from place to place when he was a child exposed Thompson to a variety of environments. But, it was in Texas where he directly confronted death: Thompson’s Little League baseball team had just won a game. Spirits soared. Bellies were full with pizza.
Filmmaker Lu Lu makes our 10 to Watch list in 2013 with "An Early Summer."May 5th, 2013 | Minhae Shim
Remember her name: Lu Lu. We've got it right and so will you after you learn more about An Early Summer, the narrative short that Lu Lu is developing into a feature. That's why we've got an eye on her through 2013.
Lu Lu is no stranger to a language gap. Even her name is a constant source of confusion in America. “They ask me my first name. I say ‘Lu.’ Then they ask me for my last name, and I say ‘Lu.’ They think I misunderstood them.” In Chinese, the characters, while pronounced the same, are written differently. In English, though, Lu Lu’s first and last name are identical.
Filmmakers Tom Bean and Luke Poling make our 10 to Watch list in 2013 with their documentary "Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself."May 4th, 2013 | David Pierotti
Tom Bean and Luke Poling’s much-anticipated documentary about the ever-varied life of writer and journalist (among other careers), George Plimpton puts them on our 10 to Watch list for 2013. Their documentary has its theatrical premiere at the end of May. Here’s why this duo makes 10 to Watch.
There’s a short clip from The Simpsons in the new documentary Plimpton!
Lucy Mulloy makes our 10 to Watch list in 2013 with "Una Noche."May 3rd, 2013 | Alisa Katz
No one expected that Lucy Mulloy's graduate thesis film would take her as far as it has. Mulloy's dedication to her craft and persistence to achieve her creative vision has served her well. Read about filmmaker Lucy Mulloy and her Tribecca 2012 winner, Una Noche. It's why we think she has something special as a filmmaker to watch out for in 2013.
Lucy Mulloy originally intended to shoot Una Noche, as a short film for her thesis project at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts graduate film program. But it became her debut feature film and landed in festival screenings in over 50 countries this past year.
Dawn Porter makes our 10 to Watch list in 2013 with her documentary "Gideon’s Army."May 2nd, 2013 | Mike Sullivan
Since her Sundance premiere, Dawn Porter has been turning heads and hearts with Gideon's Army, her first feature documentary about the tough but vital role of public defenders in the US justice system. Here's why The Independent has an eye on her in 2013.
The odds may be long, but it is possible to see your first film be accepted by Sundance, win a Sundance award, and be bought by HBO. All you need is talent, passion, drive, determination, discipline, great collaborators, support, luck, perspective, intelligence and a killer idea at the perfect time. Do you have all that?
Filmmakers Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews make our 10 to Watch list in 2013 with "Zero Charisma."May 1st, 2013 | Steven Abrams
In true indie fashion, Andrew Matthews and Katie Graham moved from LA to Austin with their sights set on directing a narrative feature together. Zero Charisma premiered at SXSW, is now making festival rounds, and puts this duo on our 10 to Watch in 2013 list.
For most filmmakers, the road to the director’s chair can be circuitous at best. At first glance, this might seem doubly true for first time directors Andrew Matthews and Katie Graham. Andrew, a classically trained actor, found that his acumen for computers led to work as a film editor, whereas Katie's background was in cinematography and worked as a DP.
Chiemi Karasawa makes our 10 to Watch list in 2013 with "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival.April 30th, 2013 | Rebecca Reynolds
Several years passed between when Chiemi Karasawa, one of our 10 to Watch in 2013, met and then started filming the inimitable Elaine Stritch. Karasawa thought her doc project may need "someone famous" to direct it. But Stritch had already decided Karasawa was the right woman for the job.
Acclaimed producer, CEO, and now first time director with a Tribeca premiere for her documentary, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me – that’s why Chiemi Karasawa is one of our 10 to Watch in 2013.
The Independent's annual selection of 10 filmmakers to keep an eye on in 2013.April 30th, 2013 | Maddy Kadish
10 to Watch is an annual series that honors filmmakers who stand out as exceptional talents and leaders in the field of independent storytelling. This story has our complete list.
This year’s 10 to Watch represents filmmakers who we think are on to something in 2013. The Independent’s 10 to Watch list draws from narratives and documentaries, seasoned and newcomers, shorts and features, Sundance and SXSW favorites, and other parts of the film community.