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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Following its unfortunate cancellation earlier this month due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, SXSW made sure to still honor and award the films in competition for the 27th annual film festival. Below are the underrepresented creators who were honored by the festival.


Narrative Feature Competition

Special Jury Recognition for Acting

Really Love

Director: Angel Kristi Williams

Actors: Kofi Siriboe, Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing

Documentary Feature Competition

Special Jury Recognition for Achievement in Documentary Storytelling

The Donut King

Director: Alice Gu


Narrative Shorts

Special Jury Recognition for Acting


Director: Matthew Puccini

Special Jury Recognition


Director: Ashley Eakin

Documentary Shorts

Winner: No Crying at the Dinner Table Director: Carol Nguyen

Texas Shorts

Winner: Just Hold On Director: Sam Davis, Rayka Zehtabchi


Winner: Embrace

Director: Jessica Sanders


Winner: See

Designer: Karin Fong


Vimeo Staff Picks Award

Presented to: Vert

Director: Kate Cox

*This is now streaming on Vimeo as a Staff Picks Premiere:


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Must-See Streaming Film Releases

We miss going to the movie theaters too. But just because we can't show up at the box office doesn't mean that we can't support our fellow filmmakers. After reading this newsletter, head over to our streaming watchlist that lists out films helmed by directors of recent theatrical film releases.
In addition, here are other films that you can watch as you stay home and save lives. Please note that all dates are specific to the United States.

March 27

Prentice Penny's Uncorked (Netflix)

April 10

Alan Yang's Tigertail (Netflix)

Oriol's LA Originals (Netflix)

April 17

Tayarisha Poe's Selah and The Spades (Amazon Prime Video)

Fernando González Molina's Legado en los huesos (Netflix)

April 22

Rachel Mason's Circus of Books (Netflix)


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.

Series Premieres That Were Postponed due to Coronavirus

The Walking Dead: World Beyond (originally set to premiere April 12)

Fargo (originally set to premiere April 19)

Released March 16

On the Edge (Channel 4)

One episode, "For You," was directed by Stroma Cairns

Released March 26

Unorthodox (Netflix)

Four episodes directed by Maria Schrader

Released March 30

Or Die Trying (Amazon Prime Video)

Episodes directed by Camila Martins

April 1

How to Fix a Drug Scandal (Netflix)

Upcoming episodes directed by Erin Lee Carr

The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show (Netflix)

Upcoming episodes directed by Laura Murphy

April 2

Broke: Season 1 (CBS)

All episodes directed by Victor Gonzalez

April 3

Home Before Dark: Season 1 (Apple TV+)

All directors were underepped: Rosemary Rodriguez (3 episodes), Kat Candler (2 episodes), and Jon M. Chu (1 episode). Created by Dana Fox and Dara Resnik

La Casa de Papel (Netflix)

Created by Álex Pina

April 6

Quibi Launches

Quibi is a new short-form content platform that features unscripted content, "movies in chapters," and more. Streaming on Quibi are 3 shows helmed by underrepped directors:

When the Streetlights Go On

Directed by Rebecca Thomas


Directed by Ryan Case

Shape of Pasta

Directed by April Jones

You Ain't Got These

Created by Lena Waithe

The Big Show Show (Netflix)

Upcoming episodes directed by Phil Lewis, Kelly Park, and Jody Margolin Hahn

April 7

Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: A Schitt's Creek Farewell (8:30 p.m., Pop)

Directed by Amy Segal

April 12

Run: Season 1 (HBO)

Upcoming episodes directed by Natalie Bailey, Kate Dennis

Insecure: Season 4 (10 p.m., HBO)

Upcoming episodes directed by Thembi Banks, Nijla Mumin, Mark Sadlek, and Kerry Washington

Killing Eve: Season 3 (10 p.m., BBC America and AMC)

Two episodes directed by Shannon Murphy, one episode directed by Miranda Bowen

April 13

Paradise Lost: Season 1 (Spectrum)

Two episodes directed by Karen Moncrieff, and two episodes directed by Elodie Keene

The Baker and the Beauty: Season 1 (10 p.m., ABC)

One episode directed by Erica Dunton

April 15

The Innocence Files (Netflix)

Upcoming episodes directed by Sarah Dowland, Liz Garbus, and Roger Ross Williams

Outer Banks (Netflix)

Upcoming episodes directed by Valerie Weiss

What We Do in the Shadows: Season 2 (10 p.m., FX)

Created by Taika Waititi

Mrs. America (FX/Hulu)

Two episodes directed by Amma Asante, and two episodes directed by Anna Boden

April 16


Upcoming episodes directed by Rotem Shamir

April 17

Bosch: Season 6 (Amazon Prime Video)

Upcoming episodes directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer

#blackAF: Season 1 (Netflix)

Created by Kenya Barris

April 23

The House of Flowers: Season 3 (Netflix)

Created by Manolo Caro

April 26

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels (10 p.m., Showtime)

Upcoming episodes directed by Sheree Folkson and Paco Cabezas

Vida: Season 3 (9 p.m., Starz)

Upcoming episodes directed by Jenée LaMarque

April 27

Never Have I Ever (Netflix)

Created by Lang Fisher and Mindy Kaling. Two episodes directed by Kabir Akhtar

April 29

Nadiya's Time to Eat (BBC, Streaming on Netflix)

Upcoming episodes directed by Katy Fryer and Jessica Parrish

Normal People (Hulu and BBC Three)

Upcoming episodes directed by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie Macdonald

April 30

Council of Dads (8 p.m. on NBC)

Upcoming episodes directed by Lily Mariye, Nicole Rubio, and Geary McLeod
Killing Eve


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Krista Liney | Canyon Road Films | LINK

Lacy Uhlemeyer | Wondros | LINK

Nicole Perlman | WME | LINK


Abigail Horton | SafeAuto – "Open Relationship – SafeAuto Insurance" | JOAN Creative | JOAN Studios | LINK 1 | LINK 2 | LINK 3

Anh Vu | Macy's – "Switch It Up -Spring Fashion" | Major Behavior | Framestor Pictures | LINK

Charlotte Regan | Gumtree – "A Car Right Up Your Street" | Fold7 | Knucklehead | LINK

Charlotte Wales | Agent Provocateur – "Spring Summer 2020 – Play To Win #WePlayToWin" | Look Studios/New York | Iconoclast NY | LINK

Julie | REDBOX – "Queen of Chess" | Pigeon Roost | LINK

Elle Ginter | Dick's Sporting Goods – "Movement – DICK'S Sporting Goods" | Sanctuary Content | LINK

Erin Sarofsky | Zevia Kidz | Haberman | Sarofsky | LINK

Gauri Shinde | Airtel – "Family Plan" | Offroad Films | LINK

Kim Gehrig | Lurpak – "Where there are Cooks" | Wieden+Kennedy | Somesuch & Co | LINK

Lacey | John Lewis – "New season at John Lewis & Partners: Spring We'll Help You Style It" | adam&eveDDB/London | Merman | LINK

Leonn Ward | Tu Clothing – "Mum (and some)" | RSA Films | LINK

Los Perez (Tania Verduzco) | Diet Coke – "get smart" | Anomaly/New York | Caviar/Los Angeles | LINK 1, LINK 2

Madeline Kelly | Orangetheory Fitness – "Orangetheory International Women's Day" | Tombras | LINK

Nina Meredith | Levi's – "Shape My World 2020 – Global Anthem" | AKQA/San Francisco | LINK

Pam Thomas | Mom Genes Fight PPD – "Mom Genes" | Wongdoody | Community Films | LINK

Radical Friend | Honda Racing F1 – "IT'S THE CALM THAT BUILDS THE STORM – POWERED BY HONDA" | Digitas UK | Partizan | LINK

Rylee Ebsen | Zillow – "Zillow Offers 'Repaint'" | Deutsch | Steelhead.tv | LINK

Siri Bunford | OVO Energy – "The Home Front" | 20something | Knucklehead | LINK

Vicky Lawton | Schwarzkopf – "Generation Colour" | Pacific7 Productions | LINK

Viridiana Pérez | Secret – "Mujeres Visibles" | Nómades | Metro | LINK

We Are Magnolias | Marisa | Africa/Sao Paulo | Landia/Brazil | LINK



Ada Bligaard Søby | Mental Health Foundation Denmark – "Campaign Spotlight: "Inner Demons" Mental Health Foundation Denmark" | Bacon | LINK

Agostina Galvez | TheRealReal – "Women of Substance: The Work and Style of Three Originals: Kia" | RadicalMedia | LINK

Ali Roberto | The Undefinables | LINK

Andrea Kapos | Not On The High Street – "#TheresMoreToMum" | Little Hawk | Dark Energy Films | LINK

Casey Hennessy | W Series x International Women's Day 2020 | Try Hard Film | LINK

Cleo Samoles-Little | Wavey Garms | Unit 9 | LINK

Dana Boulos | Nordstrom x Purple |

Faride Schroeder | Club América – "Somos América" | Voces Imaginarias | LINK

Floria Sigismondi | Facebook – "Making Noise with The Drummergirls United Facebook Group" | Creative X | Believe Media | LINK

Julia Rogowska | OLX Poland – "OLX for the International Women’s Day" | 180heartbeats and JUNG v MATT Agency | LINK

Kim Gehrig | Apple Airpods – "Snap" | TBWA/ Media Arts Lab / Los Angeles | Somesuch & Co | LINK

Lauren Sick | Nickelodeon – Dare You | LINK

Making Noise


Aldona Kwiatkowski | Elderbrook – "Numb" | Spindle | LINK

Aoife McCardle | Coldplay – "Trouble in Town" | Somesuch | LINK

Daria Geller | Son Little – "suffer" for ANTI records | Normafilm and No Man’s Land | LINK

Dawit N.M. | Lauren Jauregui, Tainy – "Lento" | LINK

Director X | Lil Yachty, Drake, & DaBaby – "Oprah's Bank Account" | LINK

Emilie Badenhorst | Sipho The Gift – "BOY" | LINK

Emilie Thalund | Jada – "Nudes" | BACON | LINK

Fiona Jane Burgess | Olivia Dean – "Crosswords" | LINK

Giraffe Studios | Alex Izenberg – "Disraeli Woman" | LINK

Hannah Lux Davis | Demi Lovato – "I Love Me" | London Alley | LINK

Hannah Lux Davis | 5SOS "Old Me" | London Alley | LINK

Imogen McClusky | Noodle Girls – "Mule Girl" | Fat Salmon Productions | LINK

Jasmin Mozzaffari | Austra – "Anywayz" | LINK

Jillian Iscaro | HKHT | LINK

Kanyessa McMahon | Niall Horan – "No Judgement" | LINK

Kanyessa McMahon | Niall Horan – "Heartbreak Weather" | LINK

Lessa Millet | Shopping – "All Or Nothing" | LINK

Maegan Houang | Vagabon – "In A Bind (Strings Version)" | LINK

Maria Govan (edited by Naima Ramos Chapman) | Kamilah – "Beautiful Boy"

Marielle Boland | lav – from me, the moon" | LINK

Mary John Frank | Justin Bieber – "Confirmation – CHANGES: The Movement" | LINK

Nathalie Christmas | Amber Mark – "Generous" | Namesake Content / Teenager | LINK

Sylvie Weber | Melanie C – "Who I Am" | LINK

Zanete Skarule | Zebra Katz – MOOR | LINK



Ashleigh Jadee | "Blue Magic" | LINK

Danielle Katvan | "The Foster Portfolio" | LINK

Elaine Del Valle | "Princess Cut" | Amiga Pictures | LINK

Emily Sheskin | "The Iron Grandmother" | LINK

Mimi Cave | "I'm Happy, I Promise" | LINK

Nicole Perlman | "The Slows" | Even/Odd production & Hunter Way Pictures | LINK

Similar But Different | "Pioneers" | SLMBR PRTY | LINK

Tayo Amos | "On the Clock" | LINK

Victoria Rivera | "Night Swim" | LINK

Will & Carly | "FilterFace" | LINK

Zanete Skarule | "Fable" | LINK

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