2012 SJ Movie Awards: Best Indie Screenwriters

Thursday, February 23 by Jack Spacefire

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<p style= A film is always better when you have a story of real value to tell on the screen, especially when you are working with little money and a cast that is taking huge salary cuts to be apart of this particular indie project. The scripts that have been to selected for the Screen Junkies Awards all have at their core a powerful story to tell that reaches across the Atlantic Ocean and to the pioneer days of old. Here are five storytellers that we here at Screen Junkies look forward to watching in the future of filmmaking.

Dee Rees "Pariah"

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<p style= An honest and heartwarming script about a young black girl dealing with her sexuality and coming of age in a conservative household, Dee Rees, brings the film a great perspective on the normal lives of the modern black family. There are no over the top "Precious"-like moments of abuse but smooth and at times somber moments of what it's like to be a young black girl from middle class New York City. The delicate urban storytelling here shows what valued teaching Rees has learned while being under the study of Spike Lee at New York University.

 

Paddy Considine "Tyrannosaur" 

The blunt and bittersweet storytelling debut from one of Britain's best working actors today, Paddy Considine. We know from the start as dog is beaten to death, that we are in for a harsh bender of character study yet you'll be surprised at how touching he can create some warmth in even the coldest of characters. One of the most disturbingly satisfying indie dramas of the year.

 

Kelly Reichardt "Meek's Cutoff"

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It's not about the story but the atmosphere of the West that makes Kelly Reichardt's screenplay such a rich cinema going experience. As she explores more of the nature in creating a camp fire, making gun powder, or a kettle whistling in at night on the Oregon Trail. Some may say that there is not an ending to the movie but the bleak tone she starts this pioneer's trail on gives us a feeling of dread and displacement that we can't help fall for by the credits scroll.

 

Richard Ayoade "Submarine" 

It's been sometime that we've seen a good coming of age story by the way of inspiration from the French New Wave cinema. Richard Ayode creates his Welsh alter ego Oliver Tate's journey from boyhood to semi-manhood with flashing touches and heartbreak that would make Francois Truffaut crack a huge grin on his face.