The American cinema is rich with powerful and insightful filmmakers whose bodies of work add to the legacy of American filmmaking. But a few filmmakers like Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch, two of the most enlightening and illuminating directors to ever grace the silver screen, not only add to but create entirely new possibilities for the American and global cinema. These auteurs are separated from other filmmakers because of their profound sense of creativity and
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and Kubrick challenged themselves to create new cinematic worlds and forms, to develop new ideas and concepts, to raise the potential of what film can be. And even though sometimes the artists reach exceeded their grasps, and failure took place, it was never for a lack of creativity and ingenuity. They were always pushing the envelope and raising the standards of film, and their influence to this generation of filmmakers is far far beyond measure.