Exciting New Filmmakers.

The 90's gave us Tarantino, Fincher, PTA and the rise of the Coen Brothers. Then we got the emergence of directors such as Nolan, Aronofsky, Reitman, Inarritu, and Apatow in the 2000's. So let's explore some fresh new faces who could be on the rise next. Some of these directors have already established fine careers, while others show true promise to join them, but all have done less than a handful of films and have eager to see what they do next. Feel free to add names of filmmakers in the comments section that you believe in so that everyone has a chance to learn about them and experience their movies.
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Nicolas Winding Refn
Writer, director, and producer Nicolas Winding Refn was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1970, to Anders Refn, a film director and editor, and Vibeke Winding (née Tuxen), a cinematographer. Just before he turned 11, in 1981, he moved to New York with his parents, where he lived out his teenage years. New York quickly became his city and soon began to shape Nicolas's future...
“ Filmography: The Pusher Trilogy, Bleeder, Fear X, Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive

Upcoming: Only God Forgives

***This is the most experienced director on this list, but I really feel like he is about to explode in American Cinema so I felt it was necessary to have him on here. ” - TMRode
“ Filmography: I Killed my Mother, Heartbeats, Laurence Anyways'

*** Has done three great films and is still just 23 years old. Has the potential to be the next master of international cinema. ” - TMRode
Bennett Miller
Director, Moneyball
Bennett Miller is an American film director, best known for Capote (2005), Moneyball (2011), and Foxcatcher (2014). He began his film career directing the 1998 documentary The Cruise. In 2006 Miller directed the Bob Dylan music video "When the Deal Goes Down" starring Scarlett Johansson. Miller has directed 6 actors to Oscar nominations: Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener for Capote...
“ Filmography: Capote, Moneyball

Upcoming: Foxcatcher ” - TMRode
“ Filmography: Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Upcoming: Killing Them Softly ” - TMRode
“ Filmography: Hunger, Shame

Upcoming: 12 Years a Slave ” - TMRode
Todd Field
Director, Little Children
William Todd Field was born in Pomona, California, and began acting after graduating from high school in Portland, Oregon, where he was raised. A budding jazz musician as well, he skipped college in favor of a move east to New York to study acting. Once there, he began performing with the Ark Theatre Company as both an actor and musician...
“ Filmography: In the Bedroom, Little Children

Upcoming: Creed of Violence ” - TMRode
Edgar Wright
Edgar Howard Wright (born 18 April 1974) is an English director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He is best known for his comedic Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy consisting of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013), made with recurrent collaborators Simon Pegg...
“ Filmography: Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Upcoming: The World's End, Ant Man ” - TMRode
Ben Affleck
Producer, Argo
American actor and filmmaker Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California, and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher, and his father, Timothy Byers Affleck, is a social worker; the two are divorced. Ben has a younger brother...
“ Filmography: Gone Baby Gone, The Town

Upcoming: Argo

***Already an established actor, and won an academy award in the 90's for Good Will Hunting (screenplay), but now has the chance to emerge as a very good director if he continues on the path he is on. ” - TMRode
Duncan Jones
Director, Moon
“ Filmography: Moon, Source Code

Upcoming: Untitled Ian Fleming Project ” - TMRode
“ Filmography: The Messenger, Rampart

Upcoming: Berlin, I love You ” - TMRode
“ Filmography: Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre. ” - TMRode
“ Filmography: District 9

Upcoming: Elysium ” - TMRode
José Padilha
He is best known for directing the Brazilian critical and financial successes Elite Squad and Elite Squad: The Enemy Within and the 2014 remake of RoboCop. He has won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for Elite Squad in 2008. He is also the producer and director of the Netflix original series Narcos, starring frequent collaborator Wagner Moura.
“ Filmography: Bus 174, Elite Squad, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

Upcoming: Robocop ” - TMRode
“ Filmography: Ratcatcher, Movern Callar, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Upcoming: Jane Got a Gun ” - TMRode
Tom McCarthy
Writer, Spotlight
Tom McCarthy is an American film director, screenwriter, and actor. He is best known for direct and write The Station Agent (2003), The Visitor (2007), Win Win (2011), and Spotlight (2015), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and was nominated for Best Director. McCarthy co-wrote the film Up (2009) with Bob Peterson and Pete Docter...
“ Filmography: The Station Agent, The Visitor, Win Win ” - TMRode
“ Filmography: In Bruges

Upcoming: Seven Psychopaths ” - TMRode
Andrea Arnold
Actress, No 73
“ Filmography: Red Road, Fish Tank, Wuthering Heights ” - TMRode
“ Filmography: 500 Days of Summer

Upcoming: The Amazing Spiderman ” - TMRode
“ Filmography: Martha Marcy May Marlene

Upcoming: Janis Joplin Biopic ” - TMRode
“ Filmography: Control, The American

Upcoming: A Most Wanted Man ” - TMRode
Jeff Nichols
Writer, Mud
“ Filmography: Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter

Upcoming: Mud ” - TMRode
“ Filmography: The Orphanage

Upcoming: The Impossible ” - TMRode
Shane Black
Considered one of the pioneer screenwriters of the action genre, Black made his mark with his Lethal Weapon screenplay. He also collaborated on the story of the sequel, Lethal Weapon 2. Each successive script he turned in had a higher price attached it, from The Last Boy Scout to The Long Kiss Goodnight, and in between a re-write on the McTiernan/Schwarzenegger Last Action Hero script.
“ Filmography: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

Upcoming: Iron Man 3

****Already has had a successful writing career with Lethal Weapon and Last Action Hero. ” - TMRode
Tom Ford
Director, A Single Man
Tom Ford is an American fashion designer, film director, screenwriter and film producer. He gained fame as the creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. In 2006, Ford launched his own "Tom Ford" label. Ford directed the films A Single Man (2009) and Nocturnal Animals (2016), both films were Oscar-nominated...
“ Filmography: A Single Man ” - TMRode
Rian Johnson
Director, Looper
Rian Johnson was born in Maryland and at a young age, he moved to San Clemente, California, where he was raised. After graduating from high school, he went on to attend the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. His first feature film Brick was released in 2005 and was the metaphorical building block that launched his career...
“ Filmography: Brick, The Brothers Bloom

Upcoming: Looper ” - TMRode
Joseph Kosinski
Director, TRON: Legacy
Joseph Kosinski is a director whose uncompromising visual style has quickly made a mark in the filmmaking zeitgeist. His feature film debut, "Tron Legacy" for Walt Disney Studios, grossed over $400 million worldwide and was nominated for several awards including an Academy Award and a Grammy for the score by Daft Punk...
“ Filmography: Tron Legacy

Upcoming: Oblivion ” - TMRode
“ Filmography: Margin Call

Upcoming: All is Lost ” - TMRode
Derek Cianfrance
Derek Cianfrance began making movies at age 13. He later attended The University of Colorado where he studied under avant-garde film legends Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon. His first three films, 'Five O'clock Shadow', 'Raw Footage', and Brother Tied, won consecutive Goldfarb Awards for best film...
“ Filmography: Brother Tied, Blue Valentine

Upcoming: The Place Beyond the Pines ” - TMRode
Richard Ayoade
Writer, Submarine
Richard Ellef Ayoade was born in Hammersmith, and grew up in Suffolk, in England, the son of a Norwegian mother, Dagny Amalie (Baassuik), and a Nigerian father, Layide Ade Laditi Ayoade. He studied Law at Cambridge university, and followed in the footsteps of British Comedy legends like Monty Python's Eric Idle...
“ Filmography: Submarine

Upcoming: The Double ” - TMRode
“ Filmography: The Square

Upcoming: Untitled Lucky Project

**** Has also done 9 short films including Spider, Bear, Fuel, and Lucky. ” - TMRode
“ Filmography: Crazy Heart

Upcoming: Out of the Furnace ” - TMRode
“ Filmography: Bellflower ” - TMRode
“ Filmography: Fired Up, Easy A, Friends With Benefits

Upcoming: About Last Night ” - TMRode
“ Filmography: Animal Kingdom

Upcoming: The Rover ” - TMRode
“ Filmography: In the Loop

*** Has directed a lot of television including I'm Allan Partridge and Veep. ” - TMRode
“ Filmography: Zombieland, 30 minutes or Less

Upcoming: Gangster Squad ” - TMRode
“ Filmography: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, The Wackness, 50/50

Upcoming: Warm Bodies ” - TMRode
“ Filmography: Sound of my Voice

Upcoming: The East ” - TMRode
Nicholas Jarecki
Writer, Arbitrage
A New York native, twenty-five year old Nicholas Jarecki is the author of the 2001 Doubleday book Breaking In: How 20 Film Directors Got Their Start. A graduate of NYU film school, Jarecki has directed several music videos and commercials. The Outsider is his first feature film.
“ Filmography: The Outsider

Upcoming: Arbitrage ” - TMRode
Mike Mills
Director, Beginners
Mike Mills was born in 1966, Berkeley, California. He graduated from Cooper Union, 1989. He works as a filmmaker, graphic designer and artist. As a filmmaker, Mike has completed a number of music videos, commercials, short films, documentaries, and the feature film Thumbsucker. Architecture of Reassurance...
“ Filmography: Thumbsucker, Beginners ” - TMRode
“ Filmography: Bullhead ” - TMRode
“ Filmography: Attack the Block ” - TMRode
“ Filmography: Down to the Bone, Winter's Bone ” - TMRode
“ Filmography: The Contestant, Buried

Upcoming: Red Lights ” - TMRode
“ Filmography: Down Terrace, Kill List

Upcoming: Sightseers, The ABC's of Death ” - TMRode
“ Filmography: Babylonsjukan, Outside Love, Easy Money, Safe House ” - TMRode
Jim Field Smith
Director, Stag
“ Filmography: She's Out of My League, Butter ” - TMRode
“ Filmography: The King of Kong, Four Christmases, Horrible Bosses

Upcoming: Identity Thief ” - TMRode
Christopher Morris
Actor, Four Lions
Morris, the oldest son of two GPs, was educated at Stonyhurst College and Bristol University, where he read Zoology. His upbringing, and in particular, his education, has been the source of much media speculation, especially after the post-Brass Eye Special tabloid backlash. The tabloids focused on Stonyhurst...
“ Filmography: Four Lions ” - TMRode