Monday, June 17, 2013



List contains 40 people and companies that are helping define the future of independent film

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 17, 2013) Indiewire announced today its inaugural list of Indiewire Influencers, a bicoastal celebration of the creators, distributors, producers, exhibitors and curators who are pointing the way forward for independent film. 
Indiewire Influencers profiles 40 of the creative minds who are having an impact on the rapidly changing world of independent film, documenting them with a special section on the Indiewire site ( that includes profiles, statistics, video and original portraits.
The Influencers will kick off with a panel moderated by Dana Harris, Editor in Chief of Indiewire, at the Los Angeles Film Festival this evening at the DIRECTV Theater, followed by a private reception on the roof of L.A. Live.  Panelists include Tugg co-founder Nicolas Gonda, Slated chairman Stephan Paternot, Seed&Spark founder Emily Best, Sundance Institute Artist Services director Chris Horton and “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” producer Jay Van Hoy.
DIRECTV is the online launch sponsor for Indiewire Influencers; Loyola Marymount University is sponsoring the LAFF event in partnership with DIRECTV.
Indiewire plans to make Indiewire Influencers an annual event to recognize many of the people who are seeking creative solutions to resolve issues that face the independent film world.
Indiewire asked representatives across the independent film industry for the people and companies they thought were influencing business now. The emphasis was not always the most successful or established entities, but the ones whose work they admired or made them pay attention to what they did next.
"Independent film is in a state of full-on upheaval," said Indiewire Editor in Chief Dana Harris. "It's never been easy, but now that's true for everyone. No movie star or genre can guarantee box-office and we're living in a time where a movie's viability may live or die by a title's placement in the alphabet. The good news is we're living in a time where disruption has become as desirable as good manners. So we're planning on making Indiewire Influencers an annual event, a bicoastal -- eventually, perhaps even global -- celebration of the people who are trying to get it right -- or even daring to get it wrong."
To view original portraits shot by photographer Daniel Bergeron in New York, Los Angeles and Austin go to

The 2013 Indiewire Influencers are:

Cinetic - John Sloss 
 Gravitas Ventures
 - Nolan Gallagher
Preferred Content - Kevin Iwashina
 - Jason Janego, Tom Quinn
 Submarine - Dan Braun, Josh Braun 

 Tugg - Nicolas Gonda
 VHX TV - Casey Pugh, Jamie Wilkinson

 Annapurna - Megan Ellison
Court 13 - Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Josh Penn
The Duplass Brothers - Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
 "Indie Game: The Movie"
 - Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky 
 Parts and Labor - Lars Knudson, Jay Van Hoy
 Joe Swanberg
 Vice - Eddy Moretti
Lance Weiler

 Alamo Drafthouse - Tim League
Art House Convergence - Russ Collins
 Cinefamily - Hadrian Belove
 Cinereach - Philipp Engelhorn, Paul Mezey, Mike Raisler
 - Stephanie Allain, Elvis Mitchell
 Rooftop Films - Dan Nuxoll, Mark Elijah Rosenberg
SXSW Film Festival - Janet Pierson 

 True/False - Paul Sturtz and David Wilson

 - Joseph Gordon-Levitt
- Elisabeth Holm
 Laforet Visuals - Vincent Laforet
 Seed&Spark - Emily Best
 Slated - Duncan Cork, Stephan Paternot
 Sundance Institute - Joe Beyer, Chris Horton, Keri Putnam
 Tribeca Institute - Geoff Gilmore, Ingrid Kopp, Jon Patricof
 “Veronica Mars” - Kristen Bell, Rob Thomas
 Vimeo - Jeremy Boxer, Dea Mellencamp, Kerry Trainor

 AFFRM/DVA - Ava DuVernay
BOND Strategy and Influence
 - Marc Schiller
Edward Burns
 Michael Cuesta

 El Rey - Robert Rodriguez
 - Mathew Cullen, Guillermo del Toro, Javier Jimenez, Guillermo Navarro
 San Francisco Film Society - Ted Hope 

 Forest Whitaker

For more on this FREE event, visit

About Indiewire
The Indiewire Blog Network is the leading news, information, and networking site for independent-minded filmmakers, the industry and moviegoers alike.  Indiewire is a two-time Webby Award Winner for “Best Movie and Film Website.”
Indiewire is owned by SnagFilms, Inc. which also counts the SnagFilms social viewing platform and SnagReleasing among its integrated business units. Co-founded in 2008 by Ted Leonsis and Rick Allen, SnagFilms, Inc. was honored as one of Red Herring’s 2013 Top 100 Technology Companies in North America.  SnagFilms, Inc. is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has offices in New York and Los Angeles.

DIRECTV is proud to be the presenting sponsor for Indiewire Influencers as it celebrates the people and companies who are bending technology to their creative wills and providing filmmakers and film lovers with the tools that allow the best content to be created and discovered in the 21st century.

DIRECTV Cinema's premium pay-per-view movie service for DIRECTV customers offers access to exclusive new releases before they premiere in theaters, a library with thousands of movies to watch instantly with DIRECTV On Demand, and the most movies available in 1080p HD. For more information on the wide variety of films available on DIRECTV Cinema please visit

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