Age: 32
Notable films: Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)

A few words that've been used to described David Lowery's work: "atmospheric," "poignant," "melodic." Yes, yes, and absolutely. He'll tell you himself, he's inspired by folk music, which is the perfect way to sum up his mainstream debut, Ain't Them Bodies Saints

Starring Rooney Mara and Casey Afflect, Ain't Them Bodies Saints looks at the life of two outlaws struggling to reconcile the present with the bad decisions they've made in the past. Watching this film, it's understandable why Lowery's being compared to Terrence Malick. The sweeping landscapes, lullaby-like voiceovers, and overwhelming romanticism that envelopes the screen all bear the mark of Malick.

Lowery's skill makes it apparent that he's not a rookie in the game. He writes his own screenplays and has been editor for years, notably working on Amy Seimetz's Sun Don't Shine and Shane Caruth's Upstream Color. Essentially, Lowery's got every tool he needs to become a household name. —TA