A New Face: Barry Jenkins (Medicine for Melancholy)

Proving that smart movie publications can make lists too, Filmmaker Magazine just posted the 10th annual list of 25 New Faces of Independent Film in their Summer 2008 issue, which is online now and will hit newsstands at the end of the month.

In the official press release, Filmmaker editor in chief Scott Macaulay says:

“The people on Filmmaker’s 25 New Faces list are not only innovators we believe will be impacting tomorrow’s film scene, but they’re also artists engaged in a vital re-think of what it means to be independent today. Crisscrossing from short-form work into features, from docs to fiction and from the web to theaters, they are creating careers as original as their films.”

Two standouts on this year’s list are Barry Jenkins who directed the terrific Medicine for Melancholy,  Josh Safdie who directed the not-so-terrific The Pleasure of Being Robbed and Jennifer Phang who directed the as-yet-unseen by me Half-Life. If I told you I recognized any of the others, I would be lying to you.

Previous listees include filmmakers Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow), Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Half Nelson), Miranda July (Me and You and Everyone We Know) and actors Ryan Gosling, Ellen Page, Olivia Thirlby, Peter Sarsgaard and Hilary Swank.

Via: IndieWIRE

10 Responses to “Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film”

  1. Does anybody remember the pooping discussion scene from Me and You and Everyone We Know? Why is that the lasting impression in my mind from that movie?

    Holy crap, look at these people. Are these photos (especially pages 2-5) from anti-depressant ads? I’ve never seen such a depressed lineup.

    I recognize the one guy from the Daily Show and something about the Zellners sounds familiar, but otherwise yeah, never heard of anyone.

  2. Hey, two of these people are friends of mine: John Magary (page 3) and Myna Joseph (page 4).
    They’re not that depressed-looking in real life (okay, sometimes).

  3. Haha Daniel, pretty funny. Nice to see some relative unknowns getting some support though, early in their careers.

  4. Wow, that’s cool, Jeff. Hope they don’t actually get depressed because I thought they looked depressed.

    Is there an archive of the lists from the last 9 years, or did I miss that summary of highlighted names, Craig?

    Or are you just such a massive Thirlby fan that you know her career achievements off the top of your head, haha?

  5. Here’s an archive Daniel. Some of the big names were pointed out in the press release, but I added Olivia because that’s how I roll.

    http://www.filmmakermagazine.com/blog/2008/07/25-new-faces-alumni.php

  6. That’s cool Jeff, when are you going to be on this list?

    Perhaps they’re depressed because these seem to be dark times for indie filmmakers.

  7. That’s terrific. Indeed, to echo Daniel and Craig, that’s cool, Jeff.

  8. I’d say it’s a dark time to be a film school grad, like myself and my two friends above are, unless you immediately begin shooting beer commercials or episodes of CSI. The debt is a little, what’s the word, crushing.

  9. It must be massively frustrating for you to see them throwing money at assholes like McG and Brett Ratner.

  10. Well, at least those guys put butts in seats. What’s incredibly frustrating is seeing them throw money and awards at people I knew at USC whose goals are to be the next McG and Brett Ratner. One of them won the Oscar for Best Short Film a year and a half ago.

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