Ah, Fall. The time of year when the pumpkin-crazed emerge from hibernation, and Michael Bublé is left out to thaw before the holidays. For the creative community, this season is also the time when some of the best films, freshly blessed from their festival runs, are finally released to the public. While the holiday season is on the horizon, there’s still a ways for us to go and a lot of work to keep on our radar. Luckily, we compiled the best work from underrepresented directors just for you.
We’re also introducing a new section of Film & TV News to keep you updated on all of the awards buzz, biggest film releases, and more major scoops to stay in the conversation.
Here are the biggest film festivals of the past couple months. Be sure to keep an eye out for the official selections and winners!
What is “Here’s The Work”?
This newsletter represents a curated selection of the commercials, branded content, short films, and music videos that were directed by the talented directors in FREE THE WORK’s global database. Moving forward, we will be integrating film, television, webseries, documentaries, and short-form projects from our directors as well.
Bear in mind, too, that while this list showcases the work of FREE THE WORK directors, our site also is a one-stop-shop for discovering writers, editors, colorists, composers, and DPs. A commitment to freeing the work doesn’t just stop at hiring a woman director—enrich your crews with underrepresented creators across production roles!
See your work on the list? Let’s celebrate! Share across your social media—tag us at @FREETHEWORK and use the hashtags #FREETHEWORK and #HeresTheWork!
Want to submit your work for feature consideration? Email us: [email protected].
FILM & TV NEWS
Must-See Upcoming Film Releases
*Please note that the following dates are specific to the United States.
Updates on possible Oscar nominees from the most recent Hollywood Reporter Feinberg Forecast:
Destin Daniel Cretton's Just Mercy (Best Picture, Major Threat ; Best Adapted Screenplay, Frontrunner)
Greta Gerwig's Little Women (Best Picture, Frontrunner ; Best Director, Major Threat ; Best Adapted Screenplay, Frontrunner)
Alma Har'el's Honey Boy (Best Picture, Major Threat ; Best Director, Possible ; Best Original Screenplay, Major Threat)
Lorene Scafaria's Hustlers (Best Adapted Screenplay, Major Threat)
Lulu Wang's The Farewell (Best Picture, Frontrunner ; Best Director, Major Threat ; Best Original Screenplay, Frontrunner)
The Chambermaid (La Camarista), directed by Lila Aviles, made history as the first woman-directed film to be submitted by Mexico for consideration in the best international feature film Oscar category. (LINK)
28 International Feature Oscar submissions were directed by women. (LINK)
Ava DuVernay and other creators speak out against the disqualification of Nigeria's Oscar Entry Lionheart. The film was disqualified by the Academy due to its predominantly English dialogue, even though Nigeria's national language is English. (LINK)
On Your Radar
Universal’s global talent development and inclusion group announced the participants, including Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, Rhys Ernst, Carly Usdin, and Numa Perrier, in the studio’s 2019 Directors Initiative, now in its third year. (LINK)
The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (November 7-10) featured Femenina, starring Nava Mau, and Protect Black Trans Women directed by Seyi Adebanjo (among the program of other trans and non-binary creators). (LINK)
Premiering at DOC NYC are films that center on queer/trans/gender non-conforming perspectives, like Nicole Costa's The Journey of Monalisa (screening November 7) and Christopher Street's Pier Kids (screening Nov 8 and 13). (LINK)
61 percent of the films selected for this year’s Nitehawk Shorts Festival (running November 11-18 in Brooklyn) were directed by women, including work from A.V. Rockwell, Savannah O’Leary & Renee Mao, Crystal Kayiza, and Blair Waters. (LINK)
Ximena Prieto, Lorenza Clapp | Robert Laser – 'Showmeuwantme" | Hermanas Sacófago Production | LINK
MUSIC VIDEOS (continued)
That's a wrap for now, but please stay tuned on social media, where we give constant updates on the latest and greatest from our members. See you next month!