#TBT: 8 Groundbreaking Directors Lab Alumni

recommended image width: 1088px

Quentin Tarantino and Steve Buscemi. © Sundance Institute | Sandria Miller

Most lists require a caveat, and this one is no different: it is non-exhaustive, and for good reason. Since the inception of the Directors Lab in 1981, the Feature Film Program has supported a relative who’s who list of independent filmmakers making strides in cinema. And while some of these names have quite adeptly ventured into the world of studio films, their bloodlines invariably trace back to the indie world.

At Sundance Institute, each May heralds a new class of filmmaking talent. Just last week we announced the eight projects selected for the 2015 Directors Lab where first-time feature filmmakers will be cutting their teeth while rehearsing, shooting, and editing their screenplays. So while these fresh faces may be unfamiliar now, there’s a good chance we’ll be hearing from them in the coming years. For the skeptics out there, we reflect back on eight filmmakers who emerged from the Directors Lab to become undeniable talents. Here’s to a promising new class of Directors Lab alumni filmmakers.

Paul Thomas Anderson (Sydney, 1993 Directors Lab)

© Sundance Institute | Sandria Miller 

Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, 2006 Directors Lab)
 

 

Cary Fukunaga (left). © Sundance Institute | Fred Hayes

Miranda July (Me and You and Everyone We Know, 2003 Directors Lab)

Miguel Arteta (middle) and Miranda July (right). © Sundance Institute | Clayton Chase

Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry, 1997 Directors Lab)

 

Actress Summer Phoenix and Kimberly Peirce. © Sundance Institute | Fred Hayes

Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love and Basketball, 1998 Directors Lab)

(L-R) Alicia Weber, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Tamla Jones, Richard Jones, and Craig Sullivan. © Sundance Institute  

Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs, 1991 Directors Lab)

Quentin Tarantino and Steve Buscemi. © Sundance Institute | Sandria Miller 

DEBRA GRANIK (DOWN TO THE BONE, 1999 DIRECTORS LAB) 

Debra Granik accepts the Grand Jury Prize for "Winter's Bone." © Sundance Institute | Fred Hayes

RODRIGO GARCIA (THINGS YOU CAN TELL JUST BY LOOKING AT HER, 1998 DIRECTORS LAB)

Glenn Close and Rodrigo Garcia on the set of "Albert Nobbs." © Roadside Attractions


Lead photo:

Quentin Tarantino and Steve Buscemi. © Sundance Institute | Sandria Miller