September Member News

Ashley Maria AWD Member Ashely Maria's documentary film, PIONEERS IN SKIRTS, debuted on PBS in August. The multi-award-winning social impact film is a discourse on the issues that affect a woman’s pioneering ambition. Check here for local air times, and be sure to follow Ashley on Twitter, Instagram, … Read On ›

Directing the Actor Lab with Jennifer Warren

by Angie Comer There wasn't shortage of applicants for this year's Directing the Actor Lab, a virtual AWD program run by Jennifer Warren. From March to September 2021, the selected participants are being given a unique opportunity to workshop scenes with actors from a produced screenplay. Each director … Read On ›

AWD Member on the Rise: Leena Pendharkar

AWD member Leena Pendharkar is an award-winning writer and director. Her sophomore feature, 20 Weeks, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, played theatrically, and was distributed by Hulu. Leena's latest short film, Awaken, starring Parminder Nagra, Vee Kumari, and Seamus Dever, has screened at a number of Oscar-qualifying … Read On ›

August Member News

Rachel Annette Helson AWD Member Rachel Annette Helson's feature directorial debut, YOU'RE NOT SAFE HERE premiered on Lifetime TV on July 31st. The movie, produced by Stargazer Films, centers on a pregnant woman who, after fleeing an abusive boyfriend, is rescued from a car accident by a friendly … Read On ›

AWD Member Spotlight: Julie Herlocker

AWD Member Julie Herlocker's career has provided her with many valuable insights into what it takes to make great television. A former post producer, she worked closely with Exec. Producers to help take 300+ episodes through prep to final lock. Her responsibilities went well beyond the cutting … Read On ›

July Member News

Colleen Davie Janes Passionflix has tapped AWD Member Colleen Davie Janes to direct "Seduction and Snacks." Based on the USA Today bestselling novel, "Seduction and Snacks" is the first volume of the Chocolate Lovers Series by Tara Sivec. The sexy rom-com is EP'd by Tosca Musk and will … Read On ›

AWD Member Spotlight: Heather Hawthorn Doyle

This month we’re spotlighting director Heather Hawthorne Doyle as our AWD Member on the Rise! Before moving to the narrative world, Heather worked as a director, producer, and show creator in lifestyle and factual entertainment, producing more than 200 hours of award-winning programming, and developed six series … Read On ›

June Member News

Tomeka Winborne AWD Member and AWD South Co-Chair Tomeka Winborne made the news this past month when her short film, AGED OUT was screened in recognition of Foster Care Awareness Month for the nonprofit Virginia One Church, One Child. The narrative film explores the issue of youth aging … Read On ›

AWD Member Spotlight: Morenike Joela Evans

AWD Member Morenike Joela Evans is a filmmaker on the rise! As a director, writer, and creative EP, Morenike first came to prominence producing entertainment and cultural lifestyle programming for networks such as MTV News, BET, NBC, and OWN. After transitioning to scripted programming with several award-winning web series, … Read On ›