FIX List! Filmmakers Pick Their Favorites from 2014

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It’s the end of the year and you know what that means?! Best-of Lists! We asked some of our FIX Filmmakers their favorite films of 2014 (or films they saw in 2014) and here they are:

Kat Candler

Favorite Film(s) of the Year
Love is Strange (Ira Sachs)

Favorite Short(s) of the Year
Afronauts (Frances Bodomo)

Favorite Feature(s) Under $1 Million
Rich Hill (Tracy Droz Tragos, Andrew Droz Palermo)

Best Development of 2014
Female Directed Horror Films 

Christopher Coppola

Favorite Film(s) of the Year
I don’t usually have favorites but if I was on a deserted island for the rest of my life I would go with these two: “Guardians of the Galaxy” for my guilty pleasure enjoyment and “Boyhood” for directorial respect

Favorite Short(s) of the Year
The Grey Matter (The McCoubrey Brothers)

Favorite Feature(s) Under $1 Million
Primer (Shane Carruth)

Best Development of 2014
All things Fandor.

Worst Trend of 2014
Discovering that my film students don’t know who Orson Welles or Frederico Fellini is. However, I enjoy watching the “wow” factor as they watch Citizen Kane and 8 1/2 for the first time.

Five Films I Enjoyed in 2014
Birdman
Guardians of the Galaxy
Boyhood
The Raid 2: Berandal
Locke

Josephine Decker

Favorite Film(s) of the Year
Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski
The Lamb (Kuzu) by Kultug Ataman (I don’t think this has been released in US yet)

Favorite Feature(s) Under $1 Million
I loved Evolution of a Criminal (Darius Clark Monroe) and Violet (Bas Devos) and Summer of Blood (Onur Tukel) and White Shadow (Noaz Deshe)

Lori Felker 

Favorite Film(s) of the Year
It’s a tie! Under the Skin by Jonathan Glazer and Foxcatcher by Bennett Miller

Favorite Short(s) of the Year
Too many too choose from, so I’ll pick one I saw this week and loved: Unedited Footage of A Bear by Alan Resnick on Adult Swim.  It’s a commercial-turn-short film/nightmare. Manages to reference YouTube, TV and Lynchian cinema all in 15 minutes.

Favorite Feature(s) Under $1 Million
The Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer) I don’t actually know the budget…but I had to get this one on the list

Best Development of 2014
In the year 2014, a Thomas Pynchon novel became a movie and it was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.  A perfect pairing… and I haven’t even seen it yet.

Worst Trend of 2014
Stopping the release or screening of movies that have anything to do with North Korea.

Joey Izzo 

Favorite Film(s) of the Year
Force Majeure (Ruben Östlund)

Favorite Short(s) of the Year
The Immaculate Reception (Charlotte Glynn)

Favorite Feature(s) Under $1 Million
The Strange Little Cat (Ramon Zürcher)

Best Development of 2014
Announcement of new Twin Peaks

Worst Trend of 2014
Uber. Die, yuppie scum.

Mich Medvedoff

Favorite Film(s) of the Year
Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy)

Favorite Short(s) of the Year
Winter Adé (Helke Misselwitz)

Best Development of 2014
Fecal Transplants

Worst Trend of 2014
Arctic Warming

Nathan Silver

Favorite Film(s) of the Year:
Listen Up Phillip (Alex Ross Perry)

Favorite Short(s) of the Year
Whiffed Out  (Jay Giampietro)

Favorite Feature Made Under $1 Million:
See You Next Tuesday (Drew Tobia)

Worst Trend:
Film labs shutting down

Susanne Ullerich

Favorite Film(s) of the Year
Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer) from 2013 but I saw it 2014

Favorite Short(s) of the Year
All Flowers in Time (Jonathan Caouette) from 2013 but I saw it 2014

Favorite Feature(s) Under $1 Million
Maybe Honeymoon (Leigh Janiak), not really sure how big the budget was..

Pamela Yates

Favorite Film(s) of the Year
Citizenfour (Laura Poitras)

Favorite Short(s) of the Year
Of God and Dogs (Abounaddara Collective)

Favorite Feature(s) Under $1 Million
Obvious Child (Jenny Slate)

Best Development of 2014
More community and less competition

Worst Trend of 2014
More competition and less community

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