The 21st century has seen the rise of a new breed of auteur. Gone is the heyday of the 70s film school kid, gone is the indie film boom of the 90s. Today, emerging artists must establish themselves in an environment oversaturated with media; an environment where the ways people watch films and the ways people hear about films are in constant flux, and an environment where, though it's never been easier to physically make a film, it's never been harder to get the film out into the world.
Filmmaker's 15 Best Debuts of the Century So Far represents a school of young filmmakers pushing boundaries. These fifteen masterworks address a diverse and ambitious slate of issues, they establish fifteen ambitious new voices into the filmic sphere, and they help define exactly what it means to be alive in this time of great flux.