Who: John Favreau, director of Elf, Made, and the Iron Man series
Why: He tweets frequently about his current projects — often including set pics — but not in an annoying way.
Who: Kevin Smith, director of Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, and Cop Out
Why: Any incident of social injustice will spur a flood of witty commentary, like that time he was apparently kicked off a Southwest Airline flight for being too fat. It’s also funny to watch him virtual flirt with @amandapalmer.
Who: David Lynch, director of Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive, overseer of Interview Project
Why: The enigmatic auteur fosters conversation and is oddly charming. Plus, someone has to keep us updated on the weather.
Who: Lee Unkrich, director of the Toy Story series and Monsters, Inc
Why: As you might expect given his resume, Unkrich is hip to youth culture.
Who: Jason Reitman, director of Juno and Up in the Air.
Why: As a filmmaker, he’ll make you think. As a Canadian, he’ll keep you posted on the NHL playoffs.
Who: Adam McKay, director of Anchorman, Step Brothers, and The Other Guys
Why: McKay, Will Ferrell’s frequent partner in comedic crime, enjoys posting topical humor.
Who: Mark Romanek, director of One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go
Why: He is a master rhetorician. With graceful elegance and rigorous reasoning, every time he endorses a film the argument is irrefutable.
Who: Errol Morris, director of The Fog of War and Standard Operating Procedure
Why: You can experience his epiphanies at the same time he does.
Who: Wes Craven, director of A Nightmare on Elm Street and the Scream series
Why: He likes talking horror-film trivia.
Who: Greg Mottola, director of Superbad and Adventureland.
Why: Despite his lofty status, he’s still just like us: he works long hours, enjoys a cold beer, and complains about life on Twitter.