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10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Sarah Gertrude Shapiro

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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. It’s what brought Shapiro to our attention for 10… Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Jason DaSilva

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“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. DaSilva, diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis in 2005, shares his day-to-day efforts as he slowly transformed from able-bodied to disabled, in his personal and often intimate documentary. DaSilva is a… Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: John Alan Thompson

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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…. Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Andrew James and Team

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Filmmaking is a collaborative art form. And although we, at The Independent, recognize that all the filmmakers on our list work collaboratively, we decided to highlight one filmmaking team in this year’s 10 to Watch. (Full disclosure, members of our team have met or worked with several members of this team and as a result… Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Lu Lu

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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… Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Tom Bean and Luke Poling

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There’s a short clip from The Simpsons in the new documentary Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself where George Plimpton, playing himself in a fashion, says “and now I’ll go back to doing whatever it is I do.” If you are of a certain age, this made perfect sense. You always recognized George Plimpton, from… Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Lucy Mulloy

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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. Una Noche received three awards at the 2012… Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Chiemi Karasawa

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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. As founder and CEO of Isotope Films, Chiemi Karasawa has produced award-winning documentaries, including Betrayal and Billy the Kid and the 2013… Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013

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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. What distinguishes these filmmakers is that each one brings a unique… Read more »