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Ellen Page and Ian Daniel. (Photo by Viceland)

SXSW 2016: Female Filmmakers See Indie Film as Site for Change

Last year Steven Abrams said that women “brought the substance” to SXSW. This year, in keynotes and panels, they continued to call for equality and change, citing independent storytelling as fertile ground for that change.

A still from Nicolas Steiner's doc Above and Below.

Beyond 10 to Watch, 2016

In addition to our 10 filmmakers to watch, we want to put a handful of others on your radar with work coming out in 2016 and later. We have Khalik Allah, Hunter Baker and Jordan Fein, Julie Bayer and Josh Salzman, and Nicolas Steiner.

A still from The Faithful

10 Filmmakers to Watch: Annie Berman

Director/Producer Annie Berman makes The Independent’s 10 to Watch list for her feature-length essay film, The Faithful, a fifteen-year journey through the world of images and representations of three global icons: Elvis Presley, Pope John Paul II, and Princess Diana.

Devon Slack, the lead actress and stuntwoman of Yankee, in action. Photo by Yan Lecomte.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2016: Sophie-Anne Beaudry & Stéphan Beaudoin

Collaborators in life and work, the husband/wife team of Stéphan Beaudoin and Sophie-Anne Beaudry join The Independent’s 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2016 for their upcoming feature Yankee, which explores the idea of a woman entering traditionally male-dominated domains of violence. Here, they talk about Yankee, self-financing a film, and shooting on location.


A still from The Peacemaker

10 Filmmakers to Watch: James Demo

The world never seems to lack from an interminable violent conflict, where the level of barbarism wears down the most optimistic soul; where tragedy and suffering appears inevitable and a sense of human agency is lost. Peace processes break down and even the most determined interventionist throws up their hands in defeat. All of which… Read more »