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Indiewire Launches Its First-Ever Influencers List: The 40 Names Who Are Changing Independent Film

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by Beth Hanna
June 17, 2013 2:10 PM
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Indiewire has posted its first-ever Influencers list, dedicated to the 40 people and companies who, in the words of editor-in-chief Dana Harris, "have captured our attention as we watch them try to figure out what the independent film industry is today and, more importantly, what it will become." The list is broken down into five categories, all unranked: The Brokers, the Curators, the Creators, the Shapeshifters and the Early Adopters.

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The process in selecting the 40 names came from asking people across the industry who they thought were influencing business right now. Not just the individuals and companies who have proven that they can get it right, but also those bold enough to risk getting it wrong in the name of doing something new.

Included on the list are names as disparate as the Weinstein Co. boutique label RADiUS, Tugg's Nicolas Gonda, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, "Veronica Mars," Megan Ellison, the Alamo Drafthouse's Tim League and Ava DuVernay. 

Be sure to peruse the entire list here. It's a thoughtful and unusual project bringing together a diverse group who are changing the face of independent film.

A smattering of Influencers including Duncan Cork, CEO of film financing platform SLATED, Nicolas Gonda, co-founder of theatrical on-demand platform TUGG, filmmaker/transmedia artist Lance Weiler ("Head Trauma," "Pandemic"), and other panelists will participate in an LAFF panel moderated by Harris at 5 PM June 17 at Regal Cinemas 9 at LA Live, 1000 Olympic Boulevard, followed by a reception celebrating this new Indiewire annual tradition.

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  • Radge | June 19, 2013 7:15 AMReply

    YES I WILL FOLLOW EVERY STEP SHE IS TAKING TO CAPTURE THE ATTENTION OF THE FILM INDUSTRY.....AVA DUVERNAY SUCH A GENTLE SPIRIT, SUCH A REFRESHING REMINDER THATBTHE GODS ARE STILL WITH US....

  • tyler4all | June 18, 2013 12:12 PMReply

    How is Shane Carruth not on this list? this man IS independent cinema. He's writing, directing, producing, editing, shooting, sound editing, acting, distributing, etc.!

  • Incremental Jones | June 18, 2013 12:34 PM

    Exactly the first person I thought of was Shane Carruth.

  • J. Stein | June 18, 2013 11:57 AMReply

    Thanks for remembering to put women on your list. 5 out of 28, not bad eh considering women are half the population

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