Underrepresented creators who are on the FREE THE WORK database directed work that is showcased in this list. All work is shown in alphabetical order by first name, so don't forget to scroll all the way down to the bottom!
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In April, we were so happy to see our community supporting and uplifting each other through this rough time (special shoutout to Nathalie Christmas' IG guide on how to "hack quarantine" as a director!). FTW also brought you new ways to stay connected and discover talent through new programs and themed weeks. Here's a recap in case you missed it!
INSTA-VIEWS on IG Live
Check out our weekly @FREETHEWORK Q&A series to connect with your favorite creators! All INSTA-VIEWS episodes are recorded and uploaded to our Vimeo page. Here's just a few of them below to get you started.
In partnership with Panimation, a collective founded by and for talented underrepped animators, we published several resources that can assist hirers, animation fans, and people who want to find work in this blossoming, in-demand field of entertainment.
Amazon x SXSW Film Festival Week
Amazon Prime Video hosted an online film festival showcasing SXSW-selected films from April 27-May 6th. We partnered with Amazon and SXSW to bring the following resources.
Must-See Streaming Film Releases
We can't wait to enjoy movies again in theaters. Until then, we can still show our support for our fellow filmmakers by streaming their work at home. Save lives and stay indoors, people!
Please note that all dates are specific to the United States.
Alice Wu's The Half of It (Netflix)
Annie Silverstein's Bull (VOD)
Joe Robert Cole's All Day and Night (Netflix)
Glenn Leyburn & Lisa Barros D'Sa's Ordinary Love (VOD)
Hiroyuki Imaishi's Promare (VOD)
Kestrin Pantera's Mother's Little Helpers (VOD)
Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz's The Lodge (VOD)
Andrew Ahn's Driveways (VOD)
Coky Giedroyc's How to Build a Girl (VOD)
Keola Racela's Porno (VOD)
Katharine O'Brien's Lost Transmissions (VOD)
Tanya Wexler's Buffaloed (VOD)
Matt Eskandari's Survive the Night (VOD)
Sam Rega's Spelling the Dream (Netflix)
Lynn Chen's I Will Make You Mine (VOD)
Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick's On the Record (HBO Max)
Angel Manuel Soto's Charm City Kings (HBO Max)
Albert Shin's Disappearance at Clifton Hill (Hulu)
Must-See Episodic Releases
The following series feature episodes directed and/or created by underrepresented creators! Please note that the following dates are specific to the United States.
*First Day (ABC iview)
*This series is currently only available to be viewed in Australia. If you would like to see the series available in another territory, please help the First Day filmmakers by filling out this short (2 min) survey: surveymonkey.com/r/L2JL7YD
*Drunk History: Australia (10Play)
Directed by Helena Brooks *This series is currently only available to be viewed in Australia.
Released May 1
Created by Crystal Moselle.
Episodes 1 and 6 directed by Crystal Moselle & Lesley Arfin, Episode 2 directed by Patricia Breen, Episode 4 directed by Britta Lundin, Episode 5 directed by Naima Ramos-Chapman, Episode 6 directed by Veronica Rodriguez
Casi Feliz / Almost Happy (Netflix)
Created by Sebastián Wainraich and Director Hernán Guerschuny
Two episodes directed by Janet Mock, one episode directed by Jessica Yu
Upload (Amazon Prime)
Episodes 5 & 6 directed by Kacie Anning, Episodes 9 & 10 directed by Daina Reid
Released May 6
Workin' Moms: Season 4 (Netflix)
Created by Catherine Reitman. Episode 1 directed by Catherine Reitman. Episodes 5-8 directed by Joyce Wong.
Dead to Me: Season 2 (Netflix)
Into the Dark: Delivered (Hulu)
May 8 (cont'd.)
The Eddy (Netflix)
Episodes 3 & 4 directed by Houda Benyamina, episodes 5 & 6 directed by Laïla Marrakchi
The Hollow: Season 2 (Netflix)
Created by María López Castaño. Five episodes directed by Inma Torrente and three episodes directed by Nely Reguera
The Great: Season 1 (Hulu)
Episodes 3 & 4 directed by Bert & Bertie, Episodes 9 & 10 directed by Geeta Patel
Homecoming: Season 2 (Amazon Prime Video)
All 10 episodes directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Space Force (Netflix)
Two episodes directed by Daina Reid
Ramy: Season 2 (Hulu)
Created by Ramy Youssef, Ari Katcher, and Ryan Welch. Upcoming episodes directed by Cherien Dabis, Christopher Storer, Ramy Youssef, and Desiree Akhavan
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