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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
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)
Kitao Sakurai’s Bad Trip
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.
The Pharmacist (Netflix)
Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason directed all 4 episodes
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
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
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
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
The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia (Netflix)
Upcoming episodes directed by Jody Margolin Hahn and Kelly Park
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
Directed by Mika Ninagawa
Queen Sono (Netflix)
Three episodes directed by Tebogo Malope
One episode directed by Kagiso Lediga
Created by Kagiso Lediga
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.
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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