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Thomas Beard, 25, Programmer
With Ed Halter, Beard developed and continues to oversee Sunset Park's Light Industry, a popular venue for experimental film and other contemporary "time-based media." Beard has also organized programs for MoMA and several other spaces. And he's been published in catalogues across the globe, not to mention magazines like Film Comment. As one editor here said when he heard Beard might be on the list: "Shit, [he's only] 25?" Shit indeed.