The Biggest Indie Breakthroughs

by adanacikligi | created - 13 Dec 2013 | updated - 13 Dec 2013 | Public

1. Joe Swanberg

Writer | Easy

Joe Swanberg was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1981. He moved around quite a bit growing up, even spending two years on an island in the Pacific Ocean named Kwajalein. He studied film production at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he developed an interest in emerging video technology ...

2. John Slattery

Actor | Spotlight

John Slattery was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Joan (Mulhern), a CPA, and John "Jack" Slattery, a leather merchant, both of Irish descent. John landed his first TV gig on the 1988 series The Dirty Dozen (1988) and has worked steadily since then. His television career has ...

3. Jim Mickle

Writer | Stake Land

Jim Mickle is known for his work on Stake Land (2010), Cold in July (2014) and We Are What We Are (2013).

4. Cutter Hodierne

Director | Fishing Without Nets

Just before Cutter Hodierne was born, his parents sold everything they owned, quit their jobs, and bought a 32 foot cutter-rigged sailboat, for which he is named. Accordingly, Hodierne spent the first three years of his life sailing in the South Pacific Ocean. At age 22, he toured the world with U2...

5. Kat Candler

Director | Hellion

Kat Candler was born on November 11, 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. She is a producer and director, known for Hellion (2014), Queen Sugar (2016) and 13 Reasons Why (2017).

6. Carter Smith

Director | Bugcrush

Maine-native Carter Smith began his career in the world of fashion photography. His breakthrough story included a series of gritty, documentary-style portraits of teen life in the Midwest, which appeared in the British magazine ID. His fashion work and celebrity portraits have since been featured ...

7. Mona Fastvold

Writer | The Sleepwalker

Mona Fastvold was born on March 7, 1986 in Oslo, Norway. She is an actress and writer, known for The Sleepwalker (2014), The Childhood of a Leader (2015) and The World to Come. She was previously married to Sondre Lerche.

8. Damien Chazelle

Writer | La La Land

Damien Sayre Chazelle is an American director and screenwriter. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island. His mother, Celia Sayre (Martin) Chazelle, is an American-Canadian writer and professor of history at The College of New Jersey. His father, Bernard Chazelle, is a French-American Eugene Higgins...

9. Lynn Shelton

Director | Humpday

Lynn Shelton is a director and actress, known for Humpday (2009), Laggies (2014) and Your Sister's Sister (2011).

10. Marjane Satrapi

Director | Persepolis

Marjane Satrapi was born on November 22, 1969 in Rasht, Iran. She is a director and actress, known for Persepolis (2007), The Voices (2014) and Chicken with Plums (2011). She is married to Mattias Ripa. She was previously married to Reza.

11. Claude Lanzmann

Director | Shoah

Claude Lanzmann was born on November 27, 1925 in Bois-Colombes, Hauts-de-Seine, France. He was a director and writer, known for Shoah (1985), Shoah: Four Sisters (2018) and Sobibór, October 14, 1943, 4 p.m. (2001). He was married to Dominique Lanzmann-Petithory, Angelika Schrobsdorff and ...

12. Flavio Alves

Producer | The Garden Left Behind

Flavio Alves is a Brazilian film writer, director, and producer. He was granted political asylum in the United States in 1998 with the help of the Immigrants and Refugee Rights Clinic at the City University of New York School of Law. Shortly thereafter, he attended Columbia University, where he ...

13. Mark Raso

Producer | Copenhagen

A graduate of the MFA Film Program at Columbia University, Mark has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious 2012 Student Academy Award (Oscar®) Gold Medal for his thesis film "Under". Mark has also been awarded the David Jones Memorial Award for Excellence in Directing and ...

14. Mario Kyprianou

Director | The Republic of Rick

Mario Kyprianou is known for his work on The Republic of Rick (2014), The Ringer (2005) and Dats Hats: The Day After Tomorrows (2010).



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