The Top US Indie Film Directors
The Academy Award nominees for 2017 have been announced, which included the stunning musical La La Land, the mesmerizing, heartbreaking film Moonlight, and Fences, which featured impeccable acting by both Viola Davis and Denzel Washington.
With all these films that were nominated for different categories this year, mostly being mainstream movies and directed by big names, it can be easy to forget the little guys. There are some great independent movie directors that will blow you away with their creativity, writing skills, and overall ability to mold a story into beautiful cinema. Here are three of the best in the US.
1. The Duplass Brothers
Brothers Mark and Jay Duplass created Duplass Brothers Productions in 1996, which serves as an American indie film production company based out of Los Angeles. The brothers are best known for their films The Puffy Chair (2005), Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), and The Skeleton Twins (2014). In 2015, they made the move to television and launched the drama series Togetherness. This year, a new anthology comedy series called Room 104 will air on HBO. They are best known for their “mumblecore” films, a subgenre of indie films that focuses on natural acting and dialogue.
2. Wes Anderson
You probably know him from Moonrise Kingdom, the magical story of two twelve-year-olds that fall in love and leave their New England home, only to cause a search party to go out and look for them. Anderson is known for the visual aesthetics of his movies, often incorporating very symmetrical shots, bright colors, and his films are also known to have a very distinct style of narration. Two other films that brought him great praise were The Royal Tenenbaums and The Grand Budapest Hotel. His first film was made in 1996 and was called Rocket, and while the reviews on it were good, it bombed at the box office. His latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Director and raked in over $175 million..
3. Destin Daniel Cretton
The man behind I Am Not A Hipster, Short Term 12, and the upcoming film The Glass Castle, Cretton is gifted with the ability to tell stories that are so “true to life,” and full of characters that are raw and real. Cretton also pays an incredible amount of attention to detail, always making sure each set is again, very honest and real. A kitchen in a film of his won’t be spotless, it will show the dirty dishes and photos on the refrigerator. Short Term 12 premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009 as a short, and his first feature-length film, I Am Not A Hipster, was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. In 2013, he made a feature-length version of Short Term 12, featuring Brie Larson, which has since garnered a ton of praise.