Todd's Ten New Talents To Watch 2015
A couple words on the rules: First, anything I was directly involved with myself is out just due to simple conflict of interest. So as much as I love Jamie Dagg's River and Can Evrenol's Baskin - both of which I served as an executive producer on - those don't make the list. And, second, this is based on feature films only. So, apologies to David Sandberg and Kung Fury. It's awesome but it's only half an hour.
And so on we go, with the list sorted in alphabetical order by the director's last name.
Perry Blackshear, dir: They Look Like People
While I'd never want to suggest that being selected to screen at Slamdance is a negative for a filmmaker the fact is that in this particular year - with the hype machine running hotter than it has for ages and distributors throwing money around like mad literally just down the street - many of the Slamdance filmmakers had a hard time cutting through the noise of Sundance and I would argue that none were more overlooked than Perry Blackshear.
Blackshear is one of those unique talents who is wired just a little bit differently from those around him and who does a bit of everything and does it all well. His debut feature feels like a spiritual cousin to the work of Spring duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead with its blend of indie drama characterization and genre thrills and he's got an obvious mastery of tension and tone. Give this guy any resources to work with at all and the sky is the limit.