Another breakout from Sundance 2011 was Brit Marling, co-writer, producer and star of both "Another Earth" (director Mike Cahill) and "Sound of My Voice" (director Zal Batmanglij). She and Cahill have not worked together again, but she did co-write, co-produce and star in Batmanglij's "The East," which premiered this year at Sundance but failed to get the same attention as their earlier work. Marling has also appeared in "Arbitrage" and "The Company You Keep."
Sundance 2012's Benh Zeitlin went all the way with "Beasts of the Southern Wild," garnering Best Picture, Original Screenplay (with Lucy Alibar), and Director Oscar nominations. Searchlight has a first-look deal on his next film, which is moving ahead without revealing any details. Searchlight is aware they may be waiting years to see it, as Zeitlin has been scouting locations in Lousiana for inspiration. His process takes time; when she first auditioned for "Beasts," young Quvenzhane Wallis was five; now she's nine.