20 Most Underrated Low Budget Directorsby cmudfilms | created - 04 Apr 2014 | updated - 04 Apr 2014 | Public
Twenty contemporary directors that make the most out of the least.
1. Kerry Conran
Director | Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Born in 1964 and raised in Flint, Michigan, Kerry Conran came from a family of aspiring artists: his older brother Kevin Conran was an illustrator and his younger sister Kirsten Conran an art director at an ad agency. Growing up watching classic sci-fi films such as Metropolis (1927), King Kong (...
Visual_effects | V/H/S
Writer director Glenn McQuaid was born and raised in North County Dublin, Ireland. After working as both a visual effects artist and art director in the advertising world, McQuaid's first foray in cinema came about when he coordinated the visual effects on Ti West's The Roost as well as Larry ...
Director | Bad Biology
Writer/director Frank Henenlotter was born August 29, 1950, in New York City. He gleefully "misspent" his youth watching a large array of blithely cheap'n'cheesy low-budget exploitation flicks in various seedy grindhouse theaters on Mahattan's 42nd St. He began making 8mm films as a teenager. His ...
7. Griff Furst
Actor | The Magnificent Seven
Griff Furst was born on September 17, 1981 in Van Nuys, California, USA as Griffith Ethan Feuerstein. He is an actor and producer, known for The Magnificent Seven (2016), Banshee (2013) and I Love You Phillip Morris (2009). He has been married to Angela Meredith Furst since July 3, 2011.
10. Julian Richards
Director | Darklands
A graduate of The National Film School, Julian Richards wrote and directed three short films; Pirates (1987) (The Starting Out Award at The Celtic Film Festival), Queen Sacrifice (1988) (Best Film at the British Short Film Festival) and Bad Company (1992) (AFI Film Festival official selection). ...
13. Paul Solet
Writer | Bullet Head
After receiving a BA in Film and Psychology from Emerson College in 2002, and a certificate in screen writing from the same school in 2003, Solet moved to Los Angeles and began working in production.
He wrote and directed his highly lauded first feature, Grace, in 2008. Following its premiere at ...
16. Eric Nicholas
Director | Alone with Her
Eric Nicholas is a writer-director known for the movies Alone with Her (2006) and River Rats (1995), and for the TV program The 50 Best Horror Movies You've Never Seen (2010). He is also the author of "Picture Yourself Directing a Movie: Step-By-Step Instruction for Creating Short Films and More" ...
19. Mike Flanagan
Editor | Doctor Sleep
Mike Flanagan was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1978 to Timothy and Laura Flanagan. The family relocated frequently, as Timothy was in the U.S. Coast Guard, and finally settled in Bowie, Maryland. As a child, he would shoot and edit short movies on VHS. This continued as he attended Archbishop ...
20. Jon Knautz
Director | Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer
In early high school, Jon began developing his filmmaking craft. After gaining experience in directing, producing, camera, writing, and editing, Jon completed the Film Foundation program at the Vancouver Film School. Jon's first short film Apt. 310 played eleven film festivals and garnered two ...