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Must-See Theatrical Film Releases in February

Please note that the following dates are specific to the United States.

Released on February 7

Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

February 14

Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Stella Meghie’s The Photograph

Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn’s Ordinary Love (Limited release)

Tanya Wexler’s Buffaloed (Limited release)

Richard Wong’s Come As You Are (Limited release)

February 21

Autumn de Wilde’s Emma. (Limited release)

February 28

Kitao Sakurai’s Bad Trip

Birds of Prey

Must-See Episodic Releases in February

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.

Feb. 5

The Pharmacist (Netflix)

Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason directed all 4 episodes

Feb. 6

Tommy (CBS)

Episode 1 directed by Kate Dennis
Episode 3 directed by Christine Moore

Katy Keene (The CW)

Episode 1 directed by Maggie Kiley
Episode 4 directed by Pamela Romanowsky

Briarpatch (USA)

Episode 1 directed by Ana Lily Amirpour
Desiree Akhavan, Jessica Lowrey, and Arkasha Stevenson set to direct future episodes

Locke & Key (Netflix)

Episodes 7 and 8 directed by Dawn Wilkinson
Co-created by Meredith Averill and Carlton Cuse

Feb. 11

For Life (ABC)

Upcoming episodes directed by Debs Paterson and Erica Watson

Cherish the Day (OWN)

Episode 1 directed by Tanya Hamilton
Upcoming episodes directed by Blitz Bazawule and Deborah Kampmeier
Created by Ava DuVernay and Showrun by Tanya Hamilton

Feb. 14

High Fidelity (Hulu)

Upcoming episodes directed by Natasha Lyonne
Created by Veronica West, Sarah Kucserka

Utopia Falls (Netflix)

Upcoming episodes directed by R.T. Thorne, Melanie Orr, Warren P. Sonoda, and Sudz Sutherland

Feb. 17

The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia (Netflix)

Upcoming episodes directed by Jody Margolin Hahn and Kelly Park

Feb. 21

Gentefied (Netflix)

All episodes directed by Marvin Lemus
Series co-created with Linda Yvette Chávez
Showrun by Monica Macer

Hunters (Amazon Prime)

Episode 1 directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Feb. 27

Followers (Netflix)

Directed by Mika Ninagawa

Feb. 28

Queen Sono (Netflix)

Three episodes directed by Tebogo Malope
One episode directed by Kagiso Lediga
Created by Kagiso Lediga
High Fidelity

THE AWARDS SEASON HUSTLE: This Year's Historic Moments

Awkwafina, who was nominated for her leading role in The Farewell, is the FIRST performer of Asian descent to win a Golden Globe Award in a lead actress film category.

Women took home all four major directing honors at Sundance this year:

  • The Directing Award: U.S. Documentary went to Garrett Bradley for Time

  • The Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic went to Radha Blank for The 40-Year-Old Version

  • The Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary went to Iryna Tsilyk for The Earth is Blue as an Orange

  • The Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic went to Maïmouna Doucouré for Cuties

Alma Har’el became the first woman to win the Director’s Guild of America Award for Outstanding Direction—First-Time Feature Film for Honey Boy.

Billie Eilish won Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Album at the Grammys, making her the youngest person and the first female artist to win all top four awards.

Waad al-Kateab’s For Sama won a BAFTA for Best Documentary. The film was the most nominated documentary in the history of the awards, shortlisted across four categories.

Lulu Wang won Best Feature at this year’s Independent Spirit Awards for The Farewell.

Kelly Reichardt, director of First Cow, won the Bonnie Award at the Independent Spirit Awards. The award is devoted to honoring female directors. Also nominated were Lulu Wang and Marielle Heller.

Karen Toliver won for Best Animated Short Film for Hair Love (along with her collaborator Matthew A. Cherry). She is the FIRST black woman to win an Oscar in any animation category.

Taika Waititi won Best Adapted Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit. He is the FIRST indigenous filmmaker to win a competitive Oscar.

Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite is the FIRST non-English language film to win Best Picture and the FIRST Korean film to win in the following categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best International Film & Best Original Screenplay.

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Kanyessa McMahon | Ford Escape – “Built Phenomenally” + “Own It” | Uniworld NYC | LINK 1 | LINK 2

Katia Lewkowicz | Euromillions – “What Kind of a Millionaire Would You Be” | Grand Bizarre | Romance | LINK

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Mar del Corral | Lancôme – “La Vie Est Belle” | Blur Films | Havas | LINK

Maya Albanese | My Red Carpet Moment with Carolyn Keller #SAGawards | LINK

Morgan Gruer | PaperSource | PMH | LINK

Natalie Rae | M&S, “Start A Denim Love Affair” | Object & Animal | ODD | LINK

Natalie Prisco (JEAN) | Lifetime – "Get Hooked" | LINK

Pam Thomas | El Camino Health | Community Films | LINK 1 | LINK 2 | LINK 3 | LINK 4

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Peyton Wilson | Marshalls -"Your Surprise Is Waiting" | Bullitt | Leo Burnett/Chicago | LINK

Rachel McDonald | Ford Escape | Biscuit Filmworks | LINK 1 | LINK 2

Rose Hendry | Scottish Government – “Let’s Call Periods, Periods” | Fond Film | Union | LINK

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Karien Cherry | Chicken Licken – Easy Bucks | Joe Public | Giant Films | LINK

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Rayka Zehtabchi | Planned Parenthood – “Ours to Tell” | Prettybird | LINK

Rei Nadal | SHOWStudio- "Celebrating female bodies through designer Sinéad O'Dwyer's wearable sculptures" | Liberte Productions | LINK

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Alexandra Gavillet | Leven Kali (feat. Smino, Topaz Jones) – “Homegirl” | LINK

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Ania Catherine, Dejha Ti | Madame Gandhi – “See Me Thru” | LINK

Anna Radchenko | L Devine – “Boring People” | Kode Media | LINK

Ashley Connor | Torres – “Dressing America” | LINK

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Bianca Poletti | Carlos Leal – “Les Brunes et les Blonde” & “Highway” | LINK

Celia Rowlson-Hall | Lola Kirke – “Win It” | LINK

Clara Aranovich | Devon Gilfillian – “Unchained” | LINK

Emilie Badenhorst | Lolo Zouaï – Desert Rose (Official Video) | Couscous | LINK

Femke Huurdeman | Sudan Archives – "Limitless" | LINK

Giraffe Studios | Sharon Van Etten – “Beaten Down” | LINK

Hannah Lux Davis | Anne-Marie – “BIRTHDAY” | LINK

Hannah Lux Davis | 5 Seconds of Summer – “No Shame” | LINK

Jasmin Mozaffari | Austra – “Risk It” | LINK

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Lacey Duke | Summer Walker – Come Thru (feat Usher) | LINK

Lucy Luscombe | Attawalpa – “Take a Bite” | LINK

Malia James | Green Day – "Oh Yeah!" | LINK

María Alvarez | “The 1” – María Isabel | LINK

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