Her sophomore film, The Gathering Squall, screened at this year’s SXSW, and her third feature, A Teacher, is in postproduction.
Eschewing film studies for a degree in economics from MIT, Wang still found success with the theatrically released In the Family, for which he earned an Independent Spirit nomination.
Drea Copper and Zackary Canepari
Using the Internet for distribution, these two have made eight short documentary profiles of folks who exemplify California.
Penny Lane and Brian Frye
Despite her Beatlesque name, Lane and husband Frye are working on a found-footage doc about a very different icon: Richard Nixon.
Ornana is a group of alums from Boston’s Emerson College who won an award at SXSW for their animated short (notes on) biology.
Pott is an animator, and her Aardman-inspired short My First Crush has nearly 1.5 million views on YouTube.
Her first feature, Om & Bella, is a doc about Karolinski’s grandmother and her roommate, both Holocaust survivors.
His short Doubles With Slight Pepper — which won a Genie (a Canadian Oscar) — was exec-produced by his NYU teacher Spike Lee. It’s available on iTunes.
Dapkins codirected The Swell Season, a documentary about the songwriting duo from Once and their subsequent tour.
Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq
These Birds Walk is Mullick and Tariq’s documentary about young homeless children living in a shelter in Pakistan.
Along with his own projects, Rojas has directed memorable music videos for the likes of Jack White and Spiritualized.
Producer Sherman’s latest project is the found-footage horror anthology V/H/S, currently available on VOD.
Coogler’s first feature, Fruitvale, which he wrote and directed, is being produced by Forest Whitaker‘s company and costars The Help‘s Octavia Spencer.
Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims
These two documentarians turned two years of filming at a skate park into their debut, Only the Young.
Desiree Akhavan and Ingrid Junglemann
Collaborators who also date, Akhavan and Jungermann created and starred in the Web series The Slope.
After filming U2 on the road, Hodierne earned an award at Sundance for his short Fishing Without Nets, about Somali pirates.
Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva
Mayer and Leyva have racked up millions of views online for their surreal videos.
Having worked on the crew of Beasts of the Southern Wild, Carpignano has also shot a nonfiction short about racial conflict in Italy.
Nance made An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, a romantic feature film that mixes animation and live action.
His nonfiction film Wildness homes in on the Silver Platter, an L.A. transsexual bar.
Moors is a music-video veteran who’s worked with Jennifer Lopez and Kanye West.
Not only a filmmaker, Clark also co-programs the Eastern Oregon Film Festival.
Garner’s acting résumé includes a breakout role in 2011’s Martha Marcy May Marlene.
Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall
Their film Call Me Kuchu documents the LGBT community in Uganda.
Wurmfeld’s documentary Shepard & Dark depicts the friendship between actor-playwright Sam Shepard and his former father-in-law.
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