Lights, Cameras, Action: 19 Talented Black Female Directors You Need To Know  was originally published on

1. “Pariah”

Watch the trailer here, featuring its lead actress Adepero Oduye.

2. “Beyond the Lights”

Watch Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker in a clip here!

3. “Mississippi Damned”

Watch a scene here!

4. “The Watermelon Woman”

Watch a funny scene from the flick here!

5. Nzingha Stewart

Here’s the video for Eve’s “Satisfaction” that Stewart directed! #tbt

6. Kimberly Towns

Towns’ college thesis project “Zero” was nominated for HBO’s Short Film Competition and selected for the American Black Film Festival. A graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, the new filmmaker is on a roll, as last year, she directed the short film “Hands To The Sky”, that featured an autistic protagonist.