WELCOME… On May 23, 2013, at the DGA Theatre in New York City, SHOOT debuted its eleventh annual New Directors Showcase reel, which reflects the work and inventive talent of 27 individual directors and four directing teams. The Showcase reel is selected from the hundreds of pieces of work that were entered is this year’s January to March SHOOT New Directors Search. We’re pleased to bring you this look at this year’s field of talent. The field is far ranging from freelance directors and directors with post house day jobs to a director whose feature debut played at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, and another who was one of eight selected for the 2012 American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women. Fourteen directors and one directing team in this year’s lineup do not have production company affiliations. Directors with production company affiliations are represented by the following companies: A Common Thread, ACNE Production, Anonymous Content, atSwim, CORTEZ BROTHERS, Frank Content, Hungry Man, Kontagious, Mustard London, One at Optimus, PRETTYBIRD, Station Film, The Artists Company, TWC Films, Washington Square Films and Wild Plum.
Over the years, many Showcase directors have gone on to notable careers and achievements, the latter including one being nominated for the DGA Award as Best Commercial Director of the Year, and others earning multiple Cannes Lions as well as Super Bowl spot assignments, and even making their feature filmmaking debuts at the Tribeca Film Festival and other stops on the festival circuit. We look forward to see what’s coming up for the SHOOT Class of 2013! Like its directors, the Showcase has come a long way during the past decade, gaining DGA event sponsorship and spawning a counterpart event, the annual SHOOTDirectors/Producers Forum that takes place immediately before the New Directors Showcase Event. This year’s Forum was highlighted by morning and afternoon Directors sessions–the morning session featued Oscar-nominated short subject documentaries Matthew O’Neill and Cynthia Wade. Two afternoon seasons featured Henry-Alex Rubin who’s filmography includes the Oscar-nominated feature documentary Murderball, and commercials (via Smuggler) that have collectively earned 14 Cannes Lions. Rubin discussed his just debuted first fiction feature, Disconnect. Closing the Forum program was an interview session with Joe Berlinger who garnered an Oscar nomination for Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory as well as three Emmy noms (two for Paradise Lost 3, one for Under African Skies), adding to an acclaimed filmography that also includes a DGA Award (for Brother’s Keeper), a pair of Emmy wins (for Ten Days That Unexpectedly Changed America and Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills) and assorted other honors.
SHOOT thanks all of this year’s Directors/Producers Forum & New Directors Showcase Event Sponsors, Attendees and New Directors for making the May 23rd Forum & Showcase events such a success. To learn about each director in this year’s Showcase, click on “2013 NEW DIRECTORS”, on the above tool bar or click on individual names in pull down menu for profile, video, and contact information for each director/directing team. Click on “2013 WORK” in the menu above for visual page index showing all work in showcase with a screen grab of frame from work, title, and directors name.