Indie Filmakers you Need to Know about!!

by Smiley845 | created - 11 Jan 2012 | updated - 13 Jan 2012 | Public

A list of Independent Filmmakers, Actors, Writers, Directors and Producers you need to know about. They may or may not be at Sundance but they are earning their way in there own right.

1. Jay DiPietro

Director | Peter and Vandy

Jay DiPietro is an actor and director, known for Peter and Vandy (2009), Wild Canaries (2014) and Daddy, I'm Fine (2017).

2. Galt Niederhoffer

Producer | The Romantics

She had three films at Sundance in January 2007 including the winner of the Sundance Audience Award, "Grace is Gone".

3. Mercedes LeAnza

Producer | Homeroom

Mercedes LeAnza was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. She is a producer and actress, known for Homeroom.

4. Sarah Louise Wilson

Producer | Jelly

Sarah Louise Wilson is a producer and director, known for Jelly (2010), In Search Of and Eleanor Rigby (2013).

5. Jess Weixler

Actress | Teeth

Jessica Weixler is an American actress. She played Dawn O'Keefe in the comedy-horror film Teeth and Jordan in the comedy The Big Bad Swim. Weixler graduated in 1999 from Atherton High School in Louisville, Kentucky, where she also attended the Walden Theatre Conservatory Program and was in The ...

6. Jason Ritter

Actor | Freddy vs. Jason

Co-creator of "Morning Knight, Inc." with actress/writer/director Marianna Palka. His theater credits include Wendy Wasserstein's "Third" directed by Daniel Sullivan (Lincoln Center, NYC), Neil LaBute's "The Distance From Here" directed by David Leveaux (Almeida at King's Cross, London) and Tom ...

8. Vanessa Libertad Garcia

Producer | A Two Woman One Act

Vanessa Libertad Garcia is a Cuban - American filmmaker born in Los Angeles who has lived throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe. She graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University in May of 2005. During and after which she has worked on a variety of ...

9. Steve Talley

Actor | The Naked Mile

Steve Talley was born on August 12, 1981 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA as Steven Douglas Talley. He is an actor and producer, known for American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile (2006), Pretty Little Liars (2010) and The 100 (2014). He has been married to Lyndon Smith since July 4, 2015. He was ...

10. Lin Shaye

Actress | Insidious

Lin attended the University of Michigan, where she was an Art History major, although acting in as many University productions as possible, including "Bye Bye Birdie" and "On The Town". After U of M, she attended Columbia University School of the Arts, and acquired a Master of Fine Arts degree in ...

11. Antonio Macia

Writer | Holy Rollers

Antonio, the son of Argentine and Chilean immigrants, is a graduate of Middlebury College, a former Blacklist writer, and a WGA member. He has over ten years experience as an independent filmmaker with three feature films (Affluenza, Anne B. Real, Holy Rollers) to his credit, and is a faculty ...

12. Kevin Asch

Director | Holy Rollers

Kevin received a B.A. in film directing from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and has studied with Joe Paradise Film Acting Studio. He began his career at the New York based studio, The Shooting Gallery, involved with the production and distribution of over thirty films including You Can ...

13. Ben Palmer

Director | The Inbetweeners Movie

Ben Palmer is a director and writer, known for The Inbetweeners Movie (2011), Man Up (2015) and The Inbetweeners (2008).

14. Damon Beesley

Producer | The Inbetweeners

Damon Beesley was born in 1971 in the UK. He is a producer and writer, known for The Inbetweeners (2008), The Inbetweeners 2 (2014) and The Inbetweeners Movie (2011).

15. Ash Christian

Producer | Fat Girls

Ash Christian is an Emmy Award winning producer with over 15 feature films & series to his credit.

Recently Ash produced the SXSW hit film "1985" written and directed by Yen Tan and starting Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen, Michael Chiklis and Jamie Chung. The film garnered rave reviews, many ...

16. Nathanael Coffman

Director | Getting That Girl

Nathanael Coffman was born on March 4, 1977 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. He is a director and actor, known for Getting That Girl (2011).

17. Joshua Grannell

Actor | The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Joshua Grannell was born on January 7, 1974 in Maryland, USA as Joshua Andrew Grannell. He is an actor, known for The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015), All About Evil (2010) and Grindhouse (2003).

18. Christian Sesma

Director | Vigilante Diaries

Christian Sesma, already a successful restaurateur from Palm Springs, was inspired to pursue his passion for movies after reading Robert Rodriguez's 10 minute film school. That move led to his first no budget feature in 2005 with the drama/thriller titled 6:30 which was released domestically on VOD...

20. Matthew Martin

Actor | I Want to Get Married

Matthew Martin is an actor, known for I Want to Get Married (2011), The Fairy Tale (2005) and Baby Jane? (2010).

21. Julia Solomonoff

Director | El último verano de la Boyita

Julia Solomonoff is an Argentine filmmaker with an MFA in Film from Columbia University, New York, where she currently teaches Film Directing. She is a Fulbright and PEO Scholar. In 2011, the Film Society of Lincoln Center celebrated her work in a special showcase of her shorts and features. She ...



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