Articles Tagged 10 to Watch

Filmmaker Liss LaFleur at home in front of her "memory" board.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014: Liss LaFleur


Liss LaFleur forges connections with her interactive documentary, <i>One Way Home</i>, about an organization in Texas that reunites AIDS-inflicted people with their families. Not only is she producing great work, but she is an open and brave artist. That’s why she’s one of our 10 to Watch.

Photo by Lee J. Haywood.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014


10 to Watch is the annual series that highlights filmmakers who stand out as leaders in the field of independent storytelling. Starting May 12th, we will post a new filmmaker each day for 10 days in a row.

Errol Webber uses narrative shooting techniques on documentary sets. Photo by Earl Neikirk for the Bristol Herald Courier.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Errol Webber


Errol Webber caught our attention at Sundance in January 2013 when he attended as one of the cinematographers on American Promise, which won the US documentary special jury award for achievement in filmmaking. Webber currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in Kingston, Jamaica. He moved to the US in high school when he… Read more »

Sarah Gertrude Shapiro is turning "Sequin Raze" into a TV series.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Sarah Gertrude Shapiro


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 »

Jason DaSilva merges animation and doc storytelling in "When I Walk."

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Jason DaSilva


“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 »

Somewhere under there is filmmaker John Alan Thompson, one of our 10 to Watch in 2013.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: John Alan Thompson


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 »

James "Jack Rabbit" Jackson used to be a Detroit police officer.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Andrew James and Team


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 »

Lu Lu is expanding "An Early Summer" (here on set) into a feature.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Lu Lu


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 »

Lucy Mulloy behind the camera on the set of "Una Noche."

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Lucy Mulloy


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 »