Director Rob Thomas and actor Kristen Bell of Veronica Mars-- Indiewire Influencers (Source: Indiewire)

Indiewire Releases “Influencers” List, Defines The Moment

on Monday, Jun. 17th

Today Indiewire, the independent film focused website, captured the current moment in indie film with the release of their Indiewire Influencers list.

Readers of Turnstyle will find a lot of familiar names on that list… ah heck, I'm just going to list them all off:

Lance Wieler, Emily Best, Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky, Ingrid Kopp, Hadrian Belove, Joe Swanberg, and the folks at Juntobox. That's just the folks I've had the honor of talking to over the past few years.

The list makes me incredibly excited. It both gives definition to the outline of the indie movement, and acts as a kind of challenge to go further and discover more.

Check out the whole list at Indiewire, where they've laid out the list with a beautifully designed sub-site. I've also slapped the press release after the jump for the extra lazy amongst us.

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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


AnnapurnaMegan 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 InstituteJoe Beyer, Chris Horton, Keri Putnam

Tribeca InstituteGeoff 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


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


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