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10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2016: Paisley Smith


Paisley Smith first found her niche in Virtual Reality working with the “Godmother of VR” Nonny de la Peña and the Emblematic Group. Smith now makes The Independent’s 10 to Watch list for her most recent project, an animated Virtual Reality documentary Taro’s World based on the story of Taro, an exchange student from Japan who lived with Smith and her family for his teenage years, but at age 17, took his own life.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2016


The Independent‘s 10 to Filmmakers Watch is our annual shout out to filmmakers, working in documentary, narrative, new media and virtual reality, whose work we think you should see. Now in its 8th year, our list celebrates filmmakers who are taking risks, promoting change, and speaking their minds. And their work, all which will be out this year, shows it.

10 Filmmakers to Watch: Andrew Ahn


In each of his short films, Andrew Ahn explores the dynamics of an Asian American family living in the United States and the very nature of family itself. Now, he makes our 10 Filmmakers to Watch list for his debut feature film, Spa Night, a film that continues to explore these themes and recently premiered at Sundance 2016 in US Dramatic Competition.

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

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


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


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


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.