30 promising filmmakers you should follow

LAFA is proud to present our 30 Directors-To-Follow-List: a celebration of the inspiring, creative and incredibly talented directors who are making indie filmmaking great right now. Jarek Marszewski Jarek Marszewski is a director and screenwriter. He studied directing at FAMU - the Film Academy in Prague. He graduated from the Kieslowski Film Department at the Silesian University. He also is a graduate of the English Department at the Wroclaw University. His short films have been awarded over twenty prizes at the international festivals. Jarek's second feature film, Bikini Blue, won Best of Fest 2017 at LAFA. Six-time Emmy nominated director and LAFA Premier Judge Jeff Melman described it as

"I'm never happy with my performances, but that's what keeps me going"

Mumtaz Sorcar is an Indian actress who has grown up in a family of famous performers. Being the daughter of a world famous magician P.C.Sorcar Jr and grand daughter of the Indian legendary P.C.Sorcar, people have always expected Mumtaz to follow her family's legacy. So.... she became an actress. And a magician. And a dancer. And - even a boxer ("I wanted to prove that women can fight too"). After having performed in tens of notable films over the past 8 years, Mumtaz played the lead role of Nandini in the feature drama "Red Oleanders - Raktokarobi", for which she won an Honorable Mention at LAFA. We asked Mumtaz to join us for an interview, and met a multi talented artist. And yes, she's a r

"It felt like everyone believed in this film as much as I did, and that lifts you up"

Harry Greenberger is probably one of the most modest filmmakers on this planet. Never putting himself in the front (or sharing a headshot for this interview), Greenberger would always prefer to promote his colleagues ("Jill and Taylor, aren't they both amazing?"; "Carmine the producer always protects me so I can just direct"; "My editor Sara always makes me look like a better director than I am"). After having worked on hundreds of commercials and several notable films in the camera department, Greenberger's debut feature "Staring at the Sun" won big at LAFA. It has become one of the very few films to win six awards, including Best Picture. The lead judge, Les Brandt, described it as "a soli

"For us, 75 is not just a movie, but a life-changing mission"

Interstate 75 is a central distribution artery of heroin making Cincinnati the second highest overdose capital in America. ​ In "75" the movie, we follow an interlocking story involving four families, an overwhelmed mental health care professional and two desperate lawmen over one tragic weekend in the Queen City. Recently, the film won four awards at LAFA, including Best Picture, Best Narrative Feature, Best Editing and Best Director. The lead judge, Lisa Roumain, described it as "an arresting, devastating drama... You feel like you're watching an actual documentary footage, and it is horrifyingly painful at times". We asked the director, Joe Zappa, to join us for an interview. Joe, first o

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