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10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2017

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We update our 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2017 list every day for 10 days as we announce each filmmaker. With reader recommendations and industry colleagues, 10 to watch identifies artists who are breaking new ground, either in their own career or in the form at large.

10 Filmmakers to Watch: Lucie Guest

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Lucie Guest is on our 10 to watch for her work as an actress, writer, and director in her award-winning short film, Never Better, about a loveable loser and the search for closer at the end of a relationship.

An art concept image from 1979 Revolution. Photo courtesy Ink Stories.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2015: Navid Khonsari and Vassiliki Khonsari

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Game developer Navid Khonsari and filmmaker Bessie Khonsari join our 10 to Watch list with a genre-merging project, 1979 Revolution, a video game that aims to evoke the empathy of film. Navid and Bessie Khonsari participated in the New Frontier Story Lab at the Sundance Institute in 2014 and 1979 Revolution appeared as an exhibit in Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier and at SXSW in 2015.

Writer/director Thomas Ikimi on the set of his short, Nostradamus.

Extra: How Thomas Ikimi works with his editor, Scott Brock

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The Independent’s Mike Sullivan talks with Scott Brock, who has worked as an editor and consultant with our 10 to Watch filmmaker Thomas Ikimi on several of his projects. Brock is a UCLA graduate and an award winning editor with twenty years of editing experience. He has assisted editor Thelma Schoonmaker on several films for Martin… Read more »

Director Thomas Ikimi on the set of Nostradamus. . Photo by Stefon Cromartie.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2015: Thomas Ikimi

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Having lived on three continents, Thomas Ikimi brings an international perspective to his films. His latest is the short thriller Nostradamus, which revolves around drone warfare and premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, and coincidentally was chosen as one of the best films of the fest by our senior critic, Kurt Brokaw.

Hasan Minhaj in Sakoon.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2015: Hasan Minhaj

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Comedian and storyteller, Hasan Minhaj, may be best known as one of the newest correspondents for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, but it was his work merging stand-up with storytelling that brought him to our attention. You can read about his latest project, a solo show, Sakoon, and its film adaption, Paint the Town, in 10 to Watch.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2015: Radium Cheung

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Using cameras on mobile phones with some clever adaptations, cinematographer Radium Cheung brought his vast experience and unique sensibilities to Tangerine, the story of a transgendered prostitute in Los Angeles. The result is an eye-popping yet humanistic look at a hard world.