indie talent to watch in 2012

These are little known actors, directors and composers with great films coming out in 2012.
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Benh Zeitlin
Born in New York City and raised in Sunnyside, Queens and then Westchester County, Benh Zeitlin began his career as a film-maker at the tender age of 6 years when he and a friend made a Batman movie. He continued making films as a child before attending Wesleyan University, where he majored in film...
 
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Gustavo Mercado
Director, Saturnalia
Gustavo Mercado is an independent filmmaker, director of photography, editor, professor, and author whose work has been screened in national and international film festivals and cable. His short film "Sensitive" won the grand prize in Showtime's Latino Filmmaker Showcase, and led to the production and broadcast of his film "Vespertine" for that network...
 
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Randin Graves
Composer, Reco
Now an award-winning film composer of orchestral, electronic and world music and a renowned expert on the Australian didjeridu, Randin started his artistic career as a self-taught electronic musician and guitarist in Del Mar, California. His formal study began at the California State Summer School for the Arts in 1991...
 
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Ben Lewin
Writer, The Sessions
Ben Lewin's career as a writer and director is spread across three continents and includes award-winning documentaries, feature films, TV movies, mini-series and episodic programs. Born in Poland in 1946, he migrated to Australia with his family in 1949. As a young man, Lewin showed great passion for photography and creative writing...
 
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Malik Bendjelloul
Malik Bendjelloul, born in Sweden, performed in Swedish TV-series "Ebba och Didrik" as a child in the nineties and later in life studied Journalism and media-production at the Linnaeus University of Kalmar. He has produced several musical documentaries for Swedish Television (SVT) where he also worked as a reporter on the show "Kobra" until he resigned to travel the world...
 
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Kevin Lacy
Kevin Lacy is the award winning writer/director behind numerous short films which have received hundreds of thousands of views online as well as top awards at film festivals around the country. Kevin recently received his MFA in Film Directing from the prestigious American Film Institute Conservatory...
 
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Rob Diamond
Rob Diamond is an award winning filmmaker. He's been writing, directing and producing feature films since 1998. His movies have been distributed worldwide. "Wayward: The Prodigal Son" which he wrote, directed, produced and starred in was released nationally into select theaters in 2014. "The Last Straw" starring Corbin Bernsen was released in select theaters before going to television...
 
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Mike Birbiglia
Mike Birbiglia was born on June 20, 1978 in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Sleepwalk with Me (2012), Mike Birbiglia: What I Should Have Said Was Nothing (2008) and Your Sister's Sister (2011). His 2013 special, My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, was nominated for comedy special of the year at the American Comedy Awards...
 
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Ava DuVernay
Writer, 13th
A director, producer, writer, marketer and film distributor, Ava DuVernay made her feature film debut with the documentary This in the Life (2008), a history on hip hop movement that flourished in Los Angeles in the 1990's. This was followed by series of television music documentaries which included My Mic Sounds Nice (2010) which aired on BET...
 
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Colin Trevorrow
Born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland, Colin Trevorrow started making short films when he was 12 years old. He studied film and dramatic writing at New York University. After graduation, he wrote and directed "Home Base" a digital short that became one of the early viral successes on the internet...