Iva Radivojevic. After having shot and directed numerous short, travel-based essay films for her website Iva Asks, New York-based director, cinematographer and editor Iva Radivojevic is in post on her debut feature, Evaporating Borders. Executive produced by Laura Poitras, it’s a visual essay about political refugees and asylum seekers in Cyprus, shot in the wake of its banking sector collapse.
Nandan Rao. Oregon-based Nandan Rao first garnered attention as an innovative cinematographer for directors like Sophia Takal (Green) and Zach Weintraub (Bummer Summer), but in the last year he’s directed his own debut, The Men of Dodge City, and, with Weintraub, launched the online site Simple Machine, a distributor start-up he describes as “the Airbnb of cinema.”
Rodrigo Reyes. With his experimental feature Memories of the Future and his recent documentary about the U.S.-Mexico border, Purgatorio, the latter of which recently premiered at the Guadalajara and Los Angeles Film Festivals, L.A.-based Rodrigo Reyes is creating a new visual language that unites the personal with the political.
Anna Sandilands and Ewan McNicol. Seattle-based filmmakers Anna Sandilands and Ewan McNicol are partners in the advertising agency Lucid, Inc. while making a series of evocative short documentaries. Their latest, the Webby Award-winning The Roper, played Sundance, True/False and SXSW in 2013, and a feature, Uncertain, is in post.
Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld. The hilariously messy lives of New Yorkers are engagingly captured in High Maintenance, a Web series about a marijuana delivery service by actor and editor Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld, an Emmy-nominated casting director for 30 Rock.
Leah Shore. With the SXSW-premiering short film Old Man, Leah Shore combined her own frenetic animation style with audio interviews of Charles Manson to create a dazzling, psychotropic romp through the latter half of the 20th century.
Andrea Sisson and Pete Ohs. Ohio-born, L.A.-based filmmakers Andrea Sisson and Pete Ohs turned their fascination with Iceland into a beautiful and philosophical experimental documentary, I Send You This Place, which premiered at the Full Frame Film Festival.
Michael Tyburski and Ben Nabors. The production team of Michael Tyburski and Ben Nabors won the 2013 SXSW Grand Jury Documentary prize with William and the Windmill, which Nabors directed and Tyburski shot. The film follows William Kamkwamba as he travels the international circuit following his building of a windmill for his Malawi village. The two also co-wrote Tyburski’s prize-winning Sundance short, Palimpsest, an eerie, quasi-romantic narrative about an urban sonic feng shui specialist.
Lauren Wolkstein. With her short film Social Butterfly, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, New York-based Lauren Wolkstein turned the tale of a female American grifter’s infiltration into a French teenage house party into a surprisingly moving lesbian coming-of-age story. It’s just one of several striking shorts by Wolkstein, including The Strange Ones, which she co-directed with Christopher Radcliffe.
Chloé Zhao. Beijing-born, New York-based writer/director Chloé Zhao has been traveling back and forth to the Lakota Pine Ridge reservation in North Dakota in preparation for her debut feature, Lee, about an insurgent teen working his way towards adulthood in an environment in which teen suicide is rampant. The winner of the NYU Christopher Columbus/Richard Vague Film Production Grant, the project has also been supported by IFP, Sundance, and Film Independent