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DWW Showcase

DWW Showcase 2022

Bold. Declarative. Fearless.

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BITE
DIRECTOR: Michelle Krusiec

FERNANDA
DIRECTOR: Mary Angélica Molina

HYSTERICAL
DIRECTOR: April Moreau

PICTURE DAY
DIRECTOR: Kelly Pike

REDONDO
DIRECTOR: Lucretia Stinnette

WORK
DIRECTOR: April Maxey

About AFI DWW

AFI’s DWW program mentors filmmakers through the production cycle of a short film, providing hands-on instruction led by industry experts. The DWW Showcase is the celebration recognizing the completion of the short films crafted in the program and introduces the directors into a wide network of film industry creatives and executives to further pursue their career goals and paths.

This year’s DWW graduating class features an eclectic group of remarkable women and nonbinary directors from diverse backgrounds. We not only celebrate and recognize the completion of their short films but also their preparedness to take the ‘Director’s Chair’ and bring their artistic visions to a broader audience

Past participants have gone on to great success, and have broken barriers in the industry with their work, including Oscar® nominee Siân Heder (Class of 2005), who wrote and directed the Academy Award®-winning and groundbreaking film CODA; Lesli Linka Glatter (Class of 1982), who was recently elected President of the DGA and whose critically-acclaimed work as a producer and director on HOMELAND earned her Emmy®, PGA and DGA Award nominations; Dime Davis (Class of 2015), who received a 2020 Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series for A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW, becoming the first Black woman to receive a nomination in that category; and Hanelle Culpepper (Class of 2002), a prolific television director who directed the record-breaking pilot of STAR TREK: PICARD, which earned her the distinction of being the first woman director and the first Black director to launch a new STAR TREK series in the franchise’s history.

Since the program’s launch in 1974, DWW has trained over 350 filmmakers that strive to give voice to historically underrepresented perspectives – with Maya Angelou, Anne Bancroft (FATSO), Neema Barnette (QUEEN SUGAR), Shaz Bennett (BILLIONS), Pippa Bianco (SHARE), Tessa Blake (AMERICAN HORROR STORY), Tricia Brock (BRIDGERTON), Ellen Burstyn, Rebecca Cammisa (GOD IS BIGGER THAN ELVIS), Dyan Cannon (NUMBER ONE), Jan Eliasberg (GONE), Naomi Foner (VERY GOOD GIRLS), Jennifer Getzinger (WESTWORLD), Lyn Goldfarb (WITH BABIES AND BANNERS), Randa Haines (CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD), Victoria Hochberg (SEX & THE CITY), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (WITHOUT A TRACE), Matia Karrell (CADILLAC DREAMS), Lynne Littman (NUMBER OUR DAYS), Nancy Malone (DYNASTY), Sarah Gertrude Shapiro (UNREAL), Becky Smith (AUGUST IN BERLIN), Cicely Tyson, Jude Weng (FINDING O’HANA) and Joanne Woodward (AMERICAN PLAYHOUSE) included among its distinguished Alumnae.

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