Lena Dunham’s journey from conceptual college YouTube oversharer to America’s next great comedic hope has been a remarkably quick one — after the release of her second film, Tiny Furniture, in 2010, the then-24-year-old filmmaker and actress became one of the most sought-after voices in entertainment. Her Judd Apatow-backed HBO series, Girls, debuts April 15th, and this week marked Tiny Furniture‘s Criterion DVD and Blu-ray release. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up some other great directors you should know, all of them under 35 years old. Meet a whole new generation of auteurs after the jump.
An NYU film school alum, Sean Durkin made a name for himself at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, winning the Dramatic Directing Award for his debut feature, Martha Marcy May Marlene. A dark psychological thriller about a young woman (Elizabeth Olsen) who escapes, traumatized, from a cult, the film introduces a confident writer-director capable of telling a vivid and unusual story on a tight (under $1 million) budget.