Sebastián Lelio’s Top 10
The Oscar-winning Chilean filmmaker picks favorites that highlight his love of intense performances, extreme stylization, and explosive emotions.
Barry Levinson’s Top 10
Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Barry Levinson is an Academy Award–winning director, screenwriter, and producer.
Tracy Letts’s Top 10
Tracy Letts is an American playwright, screenwriter, and actor. He received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for drama for August: Osage County and a Tony Award for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Stephen Cone’s Top 10
Stephen Cone is a Chicago-based filmmaker whose latest, Princess Cyd, opens in theaters November 2017.
Connor Jessup’s Top 10
Canadian actor and filmmaker Connor Jessup’s third short film, Lira’s Forest, is an official selection at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.
Doug Nichol’s Top 10
Grammy-winning director and cinematographer Doug Nichol’s documentary feature debut, California Typewriter, is now playing in theaters.
Janicza Bravo’s Top 10
Janicza Bravo is a writer and director based in Los Angeles. Her feature film Lemon is now playing in theaters.
Dustin Guy Defa’s Top 10
Dustin Guy Defa’s second feature, Person to Person, is now playing in theaters.
Joshua Z Weinstein’s Top 10
Joshua Z Weinstein has directed the feature documentaries Drivers Wanted and Flying on One Engine. Menashe marks his debut as a director of narrative fiction.
Alison Maclean’s Top 10
Canadian-born director Alison Maclean’s films include Jesus’ Son (1999) and the newly released The Rehearsal, an official selection of Toronto International Film Festival and New York Film Festival.
Jennifer Reeder’s Top 10
Jennifer Reeder’s award-winning personal fiction films, which explore relationships, trauma, and coping, have screened at Sundance, Berlin, Rotterdam, and several other festivals.
Rodarte’s Top 10
Kate and Laura Mulleavy founded Rodarte in Los Angeles, California, in 2005. Rodarte is known for its artistic mixture of high couture, California influences, and explorations into other art forms.
Steve Gunn’s Top 10
Steve Gunn is regarded as one of the finest guitar players of our era. Eyes on the Lines, released last year on Matador Records, is his fourth full-length album.
Nathan Silver’s Top 10
Nathan Silver is the writer and director of four short films and eight features, including Uncertain Terms (2014), Stinking Heaven (2015), and Thirst Street (2017)
Zach Braff’s Top 10
Zach Braff is an actor, director, screenwriter, and producer notable for his lead role on the television comedy series Scrubs.
Barnaby Clay’s Top 10
Barnaby Clay is a British film director from London. His first feature, SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock, is being released by Magnolia Pictures on April 7, 2017.
Mike Portnoy’s Top 10
Mike Portnoy is one of the founding members of Dream Theater. He is currently the drummer in the Winery Dogs, Twister Sister, Transatlantic, Flying Colors, the Neal Morse Band, and Metal Allegiance.
Ken Jennings’s Top 10
Ken Jennings is the all-time winningest champion in the history of the quiz show Jeopardy!, having won $2.5 million during his seventy-five-game streak in 2004.
Dana Calvo’s Top 10
Dana Calvo created and executive produced Amazon’s Good Girls Revolt. Previously, she was co–executive producer of Narcos on Netflix, and creator of Made in Jersey on CBS.
Clea DuVall’s Top 10
Clea DuVall is an acclaimed actor whose credits over the past twenty years include the cult favorites But I’m a Cheerleader and The Faculty, Rodrigo Garcia’s Passengers, David Fincher’s Zodiac, and Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning Argo.
Alton Brown’s Top 10
Although Alton Brown is now known mostly for his work in food media, his first career was as a filmmaker.
Zach Clark’s Top 10
Zach Clark is the writer and director of Little Sister, White Reindeer, Vacation!, and Modern Love Is Automatic. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Terence Nance’s Top 10
Terence Nance was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. His first feature film, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, premiered in the New Frontier section of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.