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Filmmaker Magazine Announces the 25 New Faces of Independent Film of 2013

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 18, 2013 at 1:20PM

Filmmaker Magazine has announced its 16th annual "25 New Faces of Independent Film." Among the selections are a slew of multi-hyphenates Filmmaker sees as the individuals who will be shaping the independent film world in the future. Last year's list featured Ryan Coogler, director of then yet-to-debut "Fruitvale Station," and he is on the 2013 Summer magazine cover. Full list below.
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Michael Tyburski and Ben Nabors, cinematographer and director respectively of "William and the Windmill"
Michael Tyburski and Ben Nabors, cinematographer and director respectively of "William and the Windmill"

Filmmaker Magazine has announced its 16th annual "25 New Faces of Independent Film." Among the selections are a slew of multi-hyphenates Filmmaker sees as the individuals who will be shaping the independent film world in the future. Last year's list featured Ryan Coogler, director of then yet-to-debut "Fruitvale Station," and he is on the 2013 Summer magazine cover. Full list below.

You can check out Filmmaker's website feature on the list here.

25 New Faces of Independent Film of 2013:

Scott Blake’s 25-minute, masterful and mysterious short Surveyor, a 19th-century-set existentialist Western, has flown beneath the industry radar, playing the Tacoma Film Festival and then appearing online at Vimeo. He’s currently at work on a thriller set in the world of private security firms.

Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe. Acclaimed photographer and first-time filmmaker Lyric R. Cabral and director and cinematographer David Felix Sutcliffe are currently in production on their documentary (T)ERROR, a riveting chronicle of an FBI counterterrorism sting operation.

Emily Carmichael. Among the many short works of animator and filmmaker Emily Carmichael are the web series The Adventures of Ledo and Ix and her recent, acclaimed short RPG OKC, a lo-fi love affair captured as a sidescrolling arcade game.

Josephine Decker. Director, actress and performance artist Josephine Decker has had a varied career that includes startling Marina Abramovic at MoMA and premiering the unclassifiable short feature Butter on the Latch — about two women whose friendship dissolves at a Balkan folk music camp — at the 2013 Maryland Film Festival.

Anahita Ghazvinizadeh. A recent graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, Tehran-born Anahita Ghazvinizadeh won the Cinefondation Best Student Short Award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival with Needle, a coolly observational look at an American pre-teen girl’s ear-piercing.

Mohammad Gorejestani. Bay Area-based, Tehran-born Mohammad Gorejestani directed for ITVS Refuge, a chillingly imagined tale of an Iranian cyber-attack on the U.S. — and the U.S. government’s response. He’s also a branded content director and software developer with a 1991-set feature about New Economy have-nots, Somehow These Days Will Be Missed, in the works.

Daniel Hart. Dallas-based composer Daniel Hart has created one of the best scores you’ll hear all year for fellow Texas resident David Lowery’s Ain't Them Bodies Saints. And in addition to his solo work, Hart has played with bands like The Polyphonic Spree and Broken Social Scene and has scored several other films due for premiere next year.

Eliza Hittman
Eliza Hittman
Eliza Hittman. New York-based Eliza Hittman was one of Sundance 2013’s most exciting discoveries. Her first feature, It Felt Like Love, is a bold, honest and formally rigorous tale of teenage sexuality set in the seaside neighborhoods of south Brooklyn.

Boyd Holbrook. Currently filming a lead role in former “25 New Face” Sara Colangelo’s debut feature, Little Accidents, Boyd Holbrook appeared on screen this year in the Sundance picture Very Good Girls and Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra, co-stars in the next Terrence Malick film, is directing a short based on a Sam Shepard story and is at work developing Uncle Sam, his directorial debut.

Lou Howe. AFI grad Lou Howe was nominated for a Student Academy Award for his short film My First Claire, and he is in post on his feature debut, Gabriel, a Rory Culkin-starring drama that is currently part of the IFP Narrative Lab.

Andrew Thomas Huang
Andrew Thomas Huang
Andrew Thomas Huang. Following three visually astonishing experimental shorts, including the Slamdance-winning Solipsist, L.A.-based Andrew Thomas Huang is creating magical, effects-heavy musical videos, such as the recent “Mutual Core” for Bjork and Sigur Ros’ “Brennisteinn.”

Elaine McMillion. Boston-based doc filmmaker Elaine McMillion found an exciting new form for her work with Hollow, an interactive participatory documentary about life in a West Virginia town that just launched online at hollowdocumentary.com.

Jason Osder. Jason Osder's searing look at the Philadelphia Police Department’s 1985 attack on the black separatist group MOVE, Let the Fire Burn, was a documentary discovery at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. The D.C.-based George Washington University professor is currently at work on his follow-up, another true tale of political killing set in 1985.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.