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Must-See Theatrical Film Releases in March
Remember: Box office numbers on opening weekend matter and convince studios to greenlight more movies helmed by underrepped creators. Let's show up for each other and BREAK THE BOX OFFICE.
Please note that the following dates are specific to the United States.
Emily Ting's Go Back to China
Francis Annan's Escape From Pretoria
Diao Yinan's The Wild Goose Lake
Eliza Hittman's Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always
Midi Z's Nina Wu
Fernando Villena's Any One of Us
Nicole Newnham & James Lebrecht's Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (Netflix)
Mark Amin's Emperor
Rose Glass' Saint Maud
Must-See Episodic Releases in March
The following TV series feature episodes directed and/or created by underrepresented creators! Please note that the following dates are specific to the United States.
Alethea Jones & Wendey Stanzler each directed one episode
Two episodes were directed by Tiffany Johnson, two episodes were directed by Juel Taylor, and one episode was directed by Justin Tipping.
Co-created and directed by Pamela Adlon
Ugly Delicious: Season 2 (Netflix)
Upcoming episodes directed by Laura Gabbart
Sitara: Let Girls Dream (Netflix)
Directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Temple (Spectrum Originals)
Episodes 4-6 directed by Shariff Korver
Episodes 7 and 8 directed by Lisa Siwe
Half the season was directed by Dime Davis.
Two episodes were directed by Tiffany Johnson and two episodes were directed by Katrelle N. Kindred.
Black Monday: Season 2 (Showtime)
Two upcoming episodes directed by Tiffany Johnson
Westworld: Season 3 (HBO)
Co-created and showrun by Lisa Joy
Upcoming episodes directed by Jennifer Getzinger, Anna Foerster, Amanda Marsalis, Helen Shaver
The Plot Against America (HBO)
Parts 1 to 3 directed by Minkie Spiro
Created and directed by Saverio Costanzo
Roswell, New Mexico: Season 2 (The CW)
Created by Carina Adly MacKenzie
Upcoming episodes directed by Shiri Appleby, Barbara Brown, Joanna Kerns, Kimberly McCullough, Rachel Raimist, Marcus Stokes, Aisha Tyler
Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)
Co-created and Showrun by Liz Tigelaar
All episodes directed by Lynn Shelton
Motherland: Fort Salem (Freeform)
Upcoming episodes directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour, Rebecca Johnson, Shannon Kohli, Amanda Tapping
Feel Good (Netflix)
All episodes directed by Ally Pankiw
One Day At a Time (Pop TV)
Created and Showrun by Gloria Calderón Kellett
Upcoming episodes directed by Pamela Fryman
Ozark: Season 3 (Netflix)
Upcoming episodes directed by Amanda Marsalis, Cherien Dabis
UPDATES FROM THE ATHENA FILM FESTIVAL (February 27 – March 1, 2020)
Actress Beanie Feldstein, CEO of Gamechanger Effie T. Brown, Writer-Director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, and Director Unjoo Moon were awarded top honors at the festival for their contributions to TV and Film.
Writer-directors Tricia Lee and Cherien Dabis also received Athena List Awards for their screenplays (synopses below). The Athena List is an annual script competition that selects exceptional scripts with women leaders at the heart of the story. As the central program in the Athena Film Festival’s Parity Pipeline program, The Athena List’s goal is to raise the profile of the scripts and the writers within the industry with the purpose of getting these movies made and elevating their careers to the next level.
“Mother-Daughter,” by Tricia Lee
A churchgoing, undocumented Asian woman who has a strained relationship with her daughter forms an unlikely friendship with a transgender teenager who dials the wrong number.
“What the Eyes Don’t See,” by Cherien Dabis
The true story of Iraqi American pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who blew the whistle on local and state government officials for exposing tens of thousands of Flint, Michigan, residents to disastrous levels of toxic lead in the water.
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