Top 25 art-house filmmakers under 40by hansstein | created - 04 Oct 2019 | updated - 04 Oct 2019 | Public
3. Amy Seimetz
Actress | Upstream Color
Amy Seimetz first came to prominence producing and directing shorts and independent films. Most notably associate producing Barry Jenkins' Medicine For Melancholy which was nominated for Gotham and Independent Spirit Awards, after playing at South By Southwest and the Toronto International Film ...
4. Benh Zeitlin
Director | Beasts of the Southern Wild
Born in New York City and raised in Sunnyside, Queens and then Westchester County, Benh Zeitlin began his career as a film-maker at the tender age of 6 years when he and a friend made a Batman movie. He continued making films as a child before attending Wesleyan University, where he majored in film...
5. Dee Rees
Director | Mudbound
Writer/Director Dee Rees is an alumna of New York University's graduate film program and a Sundance Screenwriting & Directing Lab Fellow.
In 2018, Dee became the first Black woman nominated for an Oscar in the Best Adapted Screenplay category for her highly-acclaimed film Mudbound (2017). The film, ...
6. David Lowery
Editor | A Ghost Story
David Lowery is an American writer and director. He is best know for Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013), Pete's Dragon (2016), and A Ghost Story (2017).
At the age of 19, Lowery wrote and directed his first film, Lullaby.
Lowery had his breakthrough with his first feature film, St. Nick (2009).
He often ...
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...
Producer | Chase
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Michael has extensively been involved in writing, producing and directing and actively been involved in film projects for the last few years. At 19, Michael went on to have his first short film, Our Lost Translation, screened at the LA Shorts Fest. After completing ...
14. Antonio Negret
Director | Prodigal Son
Antonio Negret is a Suma Cum Laude graduate from the USC School of Cinema Television, with a minor from the USC School of Theatre where he was the recipient of multiple scholarships.
His first feature, "Towards Darkness," premiered in competition at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival. It dealt ...
16. Daryl Wein
Director | Breaking Upwards
Daryl Wein is an award-winning filmmaker. He is represented by the William Morris Endeavor agency.
He co-wrote/co-directed/co-produced/DP'd/edited, "How It Ends"; World Premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival starring Zoe Lister-Jones, Cailee Spaeny, Olivia Wilde, Helen Hunt, Fred Armisen, Nick ...
Director | Panj é asr
Samira Makhmalbaf Filmmaker
Born on February 15,1980 in Tehran. At the age of eight, she played in "The Cyclist" directed by her father, Mohsen Makhmalbaf the celebrated Iranian filmmaker.
At the age of 17, she directed her first feature titled "The Apple" and She went on to become the youngest ...
18. Mia Hansen-Løve
Director | L'avenir
Cinema came into Mia Hansen-Løve's life when she was eighteen, as Olivier Assayas made her start as an actress in Late August, Early September (1998). Two years later, he gave her the part of "Aline" in his Les Destinees (2000). Their artistic collaboration was coupled by a union in real life, Mia ...
19. Antonio Campos
Producer | Martha Marcy May Marlene
Antonio Campos was born on August 24, 1983 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011), Afterschool (2008) and The Devil All the Time (2020). He has been married to Sofía Subercaseaux since November 28, 2015. They have one child.
24. Josh Safdie
Director | Good Time
Born and raised in New York City: in both Queens & Manhattan. He attended the school of Communication at Boston University. He often collaborates with his brother Benny Safdie. The brothers have both cited early experiences in front of their father's camera as the reasons for their pursing ...