Ww newsletter 5/22!

WW newsletter 5/22!

LATE NIGHT, directed by Nisha Ganatra and written by Mindy Kaling.

Nisha Ganatra

Nisha is an Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner for her work as the Director/Producer of Transparent. Most recently Nisha directed LATE NIGHT, starring Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson, coming out this June. She is writing a one-hour pilot script for ABC and recently sold a half-hour pilot to NBC/UTV with Amy Poehler producing. She was the Co-Executive Producer/Director Better Things and she was the Co-Executive Producer/Director for You Me Her.

Nisha’s acclaimed début feature, CHUTNEY POPCORN with Jill Hennessy, won Audience Awards at the Berlin International Film Festival, Newport Film Festival, Outfest Los Angeles, Frameline The San Francisco Gay and Lesbian film festival and many more. Her sophomore feature, COSMOPOLITAN, premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival and was selected by Input as one of the top ten films shown on public television. It was the only narrative film chosen for this distinction. Ganatra has also directed episodes of Mr. Robot, Girls, Last Man on Earth, Transparent, Shameless, Red Oaks, The Mindy Project, Dear White People, Brooklyn 99 and Love.

Watch the LATE NIGHT trailer here!

Short Form Filmmaker Highlight:

  • Mona El Mansouri for her short, "Leibniz."
  • Anh Vu  for her commerical work.

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WW newsletter 5/15!

STRAY DOLLS, written and directed by Sonejuhi Sinha.

Sonejuhi Sinha

Sonejuhi is an Indian American, bicoastal filmmaker, who grew up in Northern India until the age of thirteen. Sonejuhi got her start in the industry working as a film editor for the internationally renowned editorial company Final Cut. She has edited several music videos for MTV and MTV2 UK, narrative short films that have premiered at various film festivals. Sonejuhi’s directing career began with a narrative short film called "Give into the 
Night," and then "Love Comes Later." WW had the privilege of showcasing her short "Miles of Sand" last year. Sonejuhi sticks a knife into the hard underbelly of the American Dream and draws fresh blood from familiar territory in her stylish feature debut STRAY DOLLS. The thriller, co-starring Cynthia Nixon, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival to positive buzz and announces Sinha as a new director with a topical and urgent political voice.

There's no trailer for STRAY DOLLS yet, but check out her Q&A here!

Short Form Filmmaker Highlight:

  • Jam Patel for her short, "Playmate."
  • Aqsa Altaf for her short, "The Long Farewell."

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WW Newsletter 5/8!

Ulam: Main Dish, a documentary by Alexandra Cuerdo.

Alexandra Cuerdo
Cuerdo is a writer and director, recently named one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women In the World by the Filipina Women's Network. Her feature directorial debut, ULAM: Main Dish is the first Filipino food documentary to achieve worldwide distribution. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, BuzzFeed, Vogue, TimeOut, Filmmaker Magazine, Eater and more. The Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Jonathan Gold called Alexandra's film a "love letter" to Filipino food, and Stark Insider has crowned ULAM with "Four Stars — Smashing." She is based in Los Angeles and New York.

Watch the trailer to ULAM: MAIN DISH here!


We're so excited to announce that Big Boi and B. Sweet* are sponsoring tonight's screening!! Please join us to enjoy some delicious Filipino food while we watch a doc on delicious Filipino food.

Short Form Filmmaker Highlight:

  • Daisy Zhou for her commercial, "Nike Vogue."
  • Jin Angdoo for her commercial, "NPO Radio 2."

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WW newsletter 5/1!

DEAD PIGS written and directed by Cathy Yan

Cathy Yan
 

Cathy  is based in New York City, born in China and raised between Hong Kong  and Washington, D.C.  Cathy Yan received a dual MFA and MBA at New York  University and a BA at Princeton, and speaks four languages. Her feature  film debut, DEAD PIGS premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in  the World Cinema Dramatic Competition and won the Special Jury Prize for  Ensemble Acting.  She just finished directing Margot Robbie in a girl  gang movie with the character Harley Quinn based on the BIRDS OF PREY  comics for DC/Warner Brothers.  Previously, she was a reporter for  the Wall Street Journal and was one of the youngest in the paper’s  history to pen multiple front-page stories.
 

Watch the trailer for DEAD PIGS here!

Short Form Filmmaker Highlight:

  • Women Wednesday celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!!
  • Katie Malia for her web series "Almost Asian."
  • Launch of Women Wednesdays: NY Edition

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WW newsletter 4/24!

THE CHAMBERMAID, directed by Lila Avilés.

Lila Avilés
 

From an early age, Lila Avilés loved arranging family photos to tell  stories, and after her start as a theater actress, Lila Avilés  organically moved into directing. However, she didn’t study filmmaking  and is self-taught. For the emerging Mexican auteur, both being a woman  and lacking formal training as a moviemaker proved to be added hurdles  on her path to creative success. “When you are woman, you are used to  working in environments where a director is usually a man,” Avilés told  Remezcla recently at AFI Fest, Since she hadn’t worked in film prior to  this project, it was difficult for her to find a producer who would take  a chance on a first-timer making an art-house piece. It only made sense  that when she finally came across someone willing to take on the task,  it was a woman. “I made the movie with my savings and with a fearless  producer named Tatiana Graullera,” explained Avilés. With limited  resources on hand, she presented Graullera with a daunting mission of  filming The Chambermaid in 17 days. Since this, Lila has founded a  Mexican based production company called Limerencia Films in which she  intends to continue directing and producing films with deep themes with  international projection. Aviles is currently in the development stage  of her next film, which is an autobiographical story.
 

Watch the trailer to THE CHAMBERMAID here! This film will be released this June and have 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.              

Short Form Filmmaker Highlight:

  • Zöe McIntosh for her short, "The World in Your Window."
  • Women Wednesday is expanding to NYC  with Lizzie Frieder heading up the NY Edition.

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WW Newsletter 4/17!

HOMECOMING: A FILM BY BEYONCE, directed by Beyoncé.

Beyoncé: Queen Bey Needs No Introduction, but...
 

"Just  her name alone defines greatness. Just her. Her. That push–every woman  wants to be that driven. When I met her, she was a super sweetheart and  the fact that she complimented me, I never forgot that. That stuck with  me. She was like 'You killed it' and I was like 'Huh?' Like, that just  didn't even register. Here I am with someone who I admire so much just  cause [she's] so driven. She told me I killed it. That really resonates  with me." – Nicki Minaj
 

"It's kind of nauseating. It's kind of like [Beyoncé]'s so perfect that it's kind of hard to take." - Gwyneth Paltrow
 

"[The career I respect most is] Beyoncé['s]. Definitely. I just thought,  the first thing I saw was her beauty and how beautiful she was and I  listened to her music and I loved her music. She's incredibly talented I  think she's what every female artist should strive to be like. Despite  all her success, she still remains humble." - Rihanna
 

Watch the trailer to HOMECOMING: A FILM BY BEYONCE here!

Short Form Filmmaker Highlight:

  • Emily Hagins for her short, "First Kiss."
  • Apply to Times Up "Who's in the Room" mentorship program here!

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WW newsletter 4/10!

RAFIKI, directed by Wanuri Kahiu and written by Wanuri Kahiu & Jenna Cato Bass.

Wanuri Kahiu
Born in Nairobi, Wanuri is part of the new generation of African storytellers. Her stories and films have received international acclaim. Her films screened in numerous film festivals around the world. Wanuri’s first feature film FROM A WHISPER, based on the real events surrounding the 1998 twin bombings of US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania won Best Narrative Feature in 2010 at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, as well as five awards at the African Movie Academy Award, including Best Director and Best Screenplay. In 2009 Wanuri produced TV documentary FOR OUR LAND about Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Wangari Maathai for MNET, a Pan African cable station. Most recently she directed RAFIKI, which is the first Kenyan feature film to be invited to Cannes Film Festival 2018 as part of the Official Un Certain Regard selection. She is the co-founder of AFROBUBBLEGUM, a media company that supports, creates and commissions fun, fierce and frivolous African art. Watch the trailer to RAFIKI here!

Short Form Filmmaker Highlight:

  • Apply to Times Up "Who's in the Room" mentorship program here!
  • Lucy Luscombe for her short, "Pagans."

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WW Newsletter 4/3!

OBVIOUS CHILD, written and directed by Gillian Robespierre.

Gillian Robespierre
 

Writer/Director  Gillian Robespierre is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker, born and raised in  New York City. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts, Film &  Video Program. In 2009 Robespierre co-wrote (with Anna Bean and Karen  Maine) and directed the short film "Obvious Child," about a young woman  who is impregnated after a one-night stand and decides to have an  abortion. Robespierre approached Jenny Slate to star in the lead role  after seeing her perform at a comedy club. Robespierre later expanded  the short into her 2014 feature film debut, OBVIOUS CHILD, which  premiered at Sundance in 2014. The film got a nod for the year's "Best  Discovery" on iTunes and she won Best Directorial Debut from the  National Board of Review. Her second feature LANDLINE premiered at  Sundance in 2017 and was sold to Amazon. 
 

Watch the trailer to OBVIOUS CHILD here!

Special Announcement:

  • Sign our petition against Georgia's HB481 bill and donate to GA's Planned Parenthood  HERE!

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WW newsletter 3/27!

THE WIND, directed by Emma Tammi and written by Teresa Sutherland

Emma Tammi
Tammi's  directing career began in documentary, in which she co-helmed the  distance-runner focused Fair Chase, and Election Day: Lens Across  America, which captured the 2016 election through the lens of the  photojournalists who covered it. In making her first solo effort, Tammi  was eager to dive into narrative cinema and found her experience  shooting in New Mexico for Fair Chase an advantage when pitching herself  to The Wind "because it was in a landscape that was similar in terms of  its vastness and prairie lands. " The Wind centers on Lizzy Macklin, a  plainswoman struggling to survive in a humble log cabin far from  civilization. When her husband journeys for provisions, Lizzy is left  alone to endure the unrelenting wind, ravenous wolves, and something far  more sinister that prowls and howls in the night. When a new couple  builds a home nearby, Lizzy hopes a budding friendship with young Emma  Harper will be her salvation from loneliness and terror. The Wind is not  only a movie about women and for women but also one made by women. In  addition to Tammi and Sutherland, the crew boasts production designers  Hillary and Courtney Andujar, set decorator Elsbeth Mumm, and film  editor Alexandra Amick. And by Tammi's estimate, about 60 percent of her  crew was female. Watch the trailer for THE WIND here!

Short Form Filmmaker Highlight:

  • Interview w/ Erin Westerman
  • Kirsten Lepore or her short, "Bottle."

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Ww newsletter 3/20!

CAPTAIN MARVEL, directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck

Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck 


Ryan & Anna are a writing/directing duo who met at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. They wrote and directed IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY, SUGAR, and HALF NELSON, for which Ryan Gosling received an Oscar nomination. Ryan & Anna have also directed several episodes of THE BIG C and BILLIONS, and Ryan has directed several episodes of IN TREATMENT. Their most recent feature CAPTAIN MARVEL was just released earlier this month.

Watch the CAPTAIN MARVEL trailer here!

Short Form Filmmaker Highlight & Special Announcement:

  • Amy Barham for her short, "Don't Mess With Julie Whitfield." 
  • Mark Your Calendars for WonderCon's ENTERTAINMENT IS FEMALE: A CONVERSATION WITH HOLLYWOOD EXECUTIVES Panel, put on by Mette Norkjaer.

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WW Newsletter 3/13!

HONEY BOY, directed by Alma Har'el.

Alma Har'el
Known  for her wildly inventive filmmaking techniques, Alma most recently  directed HONEY BOY, starring Shia LeBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Maika Monroe,  and Noah Jupe. HONEY BOY premiered at Sundance Film Festival to rave  reviews. Additionally, Alma co-produced LOVETRUE with Shia LeBeouf,  which blurs the line between fiction and documentary – it follows three  very different couples, and with the infusion of real actors explore the  past, present, and future of her subjects, whose behaviors challenge  our expectations of what constitutes love. Alma’s film BOMBAY BEACH won  the best documentary award at Tribeca in 2011. Born in Tel Aviv she  began her film career as a photographer & video artist, mixing live  video content for concerts which then led to directing music videos. In  2016, Har’el founded advocacy nonprofit Free The Bid,  a pledge which asks agencies and brands to promise to include a woman  director on any triple-bid commercial project. As of its first  anniversary, in September, Free the Bid had 40 agencies and 10 major  brands (including HP, Visa, eBay, Airbnb, Coca-Cola, LinkedIn, Levi’s  and Twitter) on board, with pledged agencies such as BBDO and CP+B  reporting hiring increases of women directors of up to 400%. There's  currently no trailer for HONEY BOY yet, but check out the rave reviews  and Alma talking about the movie here! 

Short Form Filmmaker Highlight:

  • Kristen Lester for her short, "Purl."
  • Sarah Gross  for her short, "Boléro."

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WW Newsletter 3/6!

OH LUCY! directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi.

Atsuko Hirayanagi
 

Hirayanagi  was born in Nagano and raised in Chiba, Japan. She graduated from NYU  Tisch School of The Arts, Asia, with an MFA in Film Production. Her  shorts include “Mo ikkai,” “Wake,” and “Link.” “Oh Lucy!” originated as a  short and won second place at the 2014 Cannes International Film  Festival in the Cinéfondation Selection. The feature version of the film  is nominated for Best First Feature at the Independent  Spirit Awards.The film follows a lonely chain-smoking office drudge  living in Tokyo who develops a crush on her English teacher and decides  to follow him to America when he disappears. It premiered in the  International Critics' Week section of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. It  is 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
 

Watch the OH, LUCY! trailer here!

Special Announcement:

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! 
Women Wednesday is heading to WME for our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY! Come celebrate a year of female filmmakers and watch CAPTAIN MARVEL!

Wednesday, March 20th 

Doors Open @ 7:30PM

Screening Starts @ 8:00PM

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WW newsletter 2/27!

LITTLE WOODS, written and directed by Nia DaCosta

Nia DaCosta

Nia is a writer and director based in NYC. Her debut feature LITTLE WOODS, a  modern Western set in a struggling North Dakota oil boom town, stars  Lily James and Tessa Thompson. LITTLE WOODS was developed through The  Sundance Institute and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival 2018 and  won The Nora Ephron Award for excellence in storytelling by a woman  writer and or director, embodying the spirit and boldness of the late  filmmaker. It will open worldwide this April. Nia was most recently  tapped to helm CANDYMAN, a new retelling of the classic horror pic with  Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld, and MGM producing.
 

Watch the trailer to "Little Woods" here!

Short Form Filmmaker Highlight:

  • Interview w/ Mimi Valdes
  • Savanah Leaf for her short, "The Ayes Have It"

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WW Newsletter 2/20!

TV Night: Showcasing Breakout Black Female TV Directors

  • Janicza Bravo: Janicza rose to prominence after writing and directing the short film 'Gregory Go Boom', starring Michael Cera, which took home the Short Film Jury Prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. She followed that up with multiple award winning shorts like 'Pauline Alone' and 'Woman in Deep.' She most recently wrote and directed LEMON, a feature which premiered at Sundance and subsequently sold to Magnolia, who released the film last August. She is also set to direct ZOLA, which is set up at A24 with Killer Films and Ramona Films producing. On the TV side, Janicza has accrued several high-end credits including HERE, NOW and DIVORCE for HBO, as well as LOVE and DEAR WHITE PEOPLE. Additionally, she directed an episode of FX’s ATLANTA titled “Juneteenth”. 
  • Dime Davis: Dime is a Texas-bred storyteller. After earning her first professional credit writing on a hit show on TBS, Dime went on to pen scripts for other major players such as Lionsgate, Hulu, and Centric TV. Dime has directed numerous independent projects. With each project, Dime strives to be an activist first – using her craft to tell raw, authentic, thought-provoking stories featuring female and minority faces. As part of AFI’s prestigious Directing Workshop for Women, and in collaboration with her creative partner, Elle Lorraine, Dime wrote and directed her short film, SUGAR. 
  • Melina Matsoukas: Melina is a music video, film, commercial and television director. In just a few short years, Matsoukas has made an indelible impact on the entertainment industry with her unique aesthetic and skillful ability to craft high-polish projects with distinct point-of-views. Melina’s work as Executive Producer and Director of Issa Rae’s breakout HBO series, Insecure, marks her first foray into scripted television. Between directorial stints with Insecure, Melina also became involved with Netflix’s Master of None. The director brought her nuanced point of view to several season two episodes, including the Emmy Award-winning “Thanksgiving” installment. Melina is currently developing new film and television projects, and recently announced she would be spearheading an adaptation of Marlon James’ seminal novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings for Amazon Studios.

TV Episode Highlights

  • Atlanta, "Juneteenth" directed by Janicza Bravo.
  • Boomerang, "Pilot" directed by Dime Davis.
  • Master of None, "Thanksgiving" directed by Melina Matsoukas.

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WW newsletter 2/13!

LOVE & BASKETBALL written and directed by GINA PRINCE-BYTHEWOOD


Gina Prince-Bythewood (Writer/Producer/Director) wrote and directed the widely-acclaimed feature film LOVE & BASKETBALL, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Prince-Bythewood won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay and a Humanitas Prize for her work on the film. She followed that success with the HBO film “Disappearing Acts.” In 2008, she wrote and directed the celebrated adaptation of the best-selling novel, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES. The film won two People’s Choice Awards and two NAACP Image Awards. Her third feature, 2014’s BEYOND THE LIGHTS, garnered an Oscar nomination for best song. The love story set in the music world stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver and Danny Glover.In television, Gina most recently created the Fox  limited series SHOTS FIRED alongside her husband, writer/director Reggie Rock Bythewood. She co-wrote and directed two of the ten episodes including the pilot, which premiered in March 2017 to rave reviews. She is proud to fund a scholarship for African American students in UCLA’s film program.  She resides in Southern California with her Reggie and their sons, Cassius and Toussaint.

Watch the trailer to LOVE & BASKETBALL here!

Short Form Filmmaker Highlight:

  • Thembi Banks for her short 'Suitable.'
  • Tiffany J. Johnson for her short 'Marabou.'

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WW newsletter 2/6!

I AM NOT A WITCH written and directed by Rungano Nyoni

Rungano Nyoni

Rungano is a director/screenwriter born in Lusaka, Zambia and also grew up Wales, UK. She graduated from Central St Martins School of the Arts with a Masters in Acting in 2009. Her first film, THE LIST, won a BAFTA Cymru in 2010. Her most recent film, MWANSA THE GREAT, was selected at over 100 international film festivals and has won over 20 prizes and picked up a BAFTA Nomination (2012). She often collaborates with her partner Gabriel Gauchet and in 2012 a film he directed and she wrote, THE MASS OF MEN, premiered at Locarno Film Festival winning the Golden Leopard Award. It has since garnered over 50 prizes and has been selected at over 100 film festivals. Rungano was recently selected to take part in the Cannes Cinefondation residency where she developed her debut feature film, a tragi-comedy, set in Zambia called SOLIDARITE. Her film I AM NOT A WITCH (2017) premiered at the Directors' Fortnight at the 70th Cannes Film Festival.

Watch the trailer for I AM NOT A WITCH here!

Short Form Filmmaker Highlight:

  • Women Wednesday celebrates Black History Month!!
  • A.V. Rockwell for her short 'Feathers.'

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WW Newsletter 1/30!

ON THE BASIS OF SEX, directed by Mimi Leder

Mimi Leder
Mimi cut her creative teeth in television  as an Emmy award-winning producer/director before she got the chance to  take on big-budget feature films in the late '90s. Leder was inspired by  her father, independent director Paul Leder, to study at the American  Film Institute. She went on to be the first female cinematographer to  graduate from the AFI and began her career in TV as a script supervisor.  Leder moved to the director's chair with an episode of L.A. Law in 1986, branching out into TV movies with the student nurse drama Nightingales in 1988. Balancing TV features and series, Leder worked on the Emmy-friendly drama series China Beach  during the early '90s and directed several telefilms. Leder's ability  as an action director convinced Steven Spielberg to hire her to helm THE  PEACEMAKER (1997), featuring George Clooney and Nicole Kidman.  Spielberg then tapped Leder for an even larger project, DEEP IMPACT  (1998). Leder proved she could handle large-scale, effects-driven  action, even receiving the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Award from the  AFI in 1999. Leder went on to direct countless episodes of TV and most  recently directed ON THE BASIS OF SEX, staring Felicity Jones as Ruth  Bader Ginsberg.
 

Watch the ON THE BASIS OF SEX trailer here! 

Short Form Filmmaker Highlight:

  • Lara Pana-Izadi for her short "Chloe."

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WW newsletter 1/22!

DESTROYER directed by Karyn Kusama

Kusama is an American film and TV director. She made her feature film debut  with the 2000 film GIRLFIGHT, which she wrote, directed, and produced.  GIRLFIGHT went on to be nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for  Best First Feature. She went on to direct the 2005 sci-fi action  film ÆON FLUX and the 2009 cult horror comedy, JENNIFER'S BODY. In 2017  she directed a segment in the film XX, an all-female horror anthology.  Her latest film, DESTROYER, is a  crime thriller starring Nicole Kidman  as Erin Bell, a racked, bitter, alcoholic Los Angeles police detective  on a vengeful quest to find the leader of a gang with whom she was  embedded undercover years ago. The NY Times points out that "from  GIRLFIGHT to DESTROYER, her movies are distinguished by her willingness  not to revel in brutality but to look it in the face. Over five films,  Kusama has used genre — the sports movie, sci-fi/fantasy, horror, the  paranoid thriller and now the L.A. noir — to tell difficult stories  about grief and trauma and what it takes to survive them." Read the NY  Times article here! 

Watch the trailer to DESTROYER here!

Short Form Filmmaker Highlight:

  • Julie Bousquet, Estelle Hocquet, Catherine Manesse for their short 'Caldeira.'

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WW newsletter 1/16!

AFTER EVERYTHING written and directed by Hannah Marks and Joey Power

Hannah Marks

Hannah is an actress and filmmaker who was named one of Rolling Stone's 25 under 25 Artists Changing the World in 2017. Her first feature, AFTER EVERYTHING (2018) fka SHOTGUN, which she co-wrote/directed, premiered to rave reviews at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival. There, Hannah was also nominated for the Game Changer award. As an actress she is best known for her role as Amanda Brotzman on the television series Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. Hannah was most recently hired by Fox 2000 to direct the film adaptation of John Green's bestselling young adult novel TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN. This decision makes Marks is one of the youngest female studio directors in history. She will direct from a screenplay by Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker.

Watch the trailer to AFTER EVERYTHING here!

Short Form Filmmaker Highlight:

  • Moni Oyedepo for her web series "Platonic"