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David and Nathan Zellner’s Top 10

Austin-based duo David and Nathan Zellner, whose new film Damsel is now in theaters, share a list of favorites that run the gamut from genre provocation to lyrical humanism.

Ari Aster’s Top 10

The director of Hereditary writes on the filmmakers who get him excited about making movies.

Sloane Crosley’s Top 10

Sloane Crosley is the author of the New York Times best-selling essay collections I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number, and the novel The Clasp.

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.

Jessica Morgan’s Top 10

Jessica Morgan is one of the co-creators of the popular celebrity fashion blog Go Fug Yourself.

Ruben Östlund’s Top 10

Ruben Östlund is the director of the acclaimed films Force Majeure and The Square, the latter of which won the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

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?

Jonas Carpignano’s Top 10

Jonas Carpignano was born in 1984 and grew up in New York City and Rome. His first feature film, Mediterranea, debuted at the Cannes Film Festival.

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.

Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein’s Top 10

Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein are New York City–based filmmakers.

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.