Drew Denny’s first narrative feature won Best Feature, Best First Feature and Best Cinematography in its 50-festival run, earning her a spot in The Advocate’s “40 Under 40” list, where she was named “an auteur to watch.” She went on to direct six documentary episodes for the launch of Vice’s “Broadly” – the most successful launch in Vice history- followed by a documentary for CNN following the NASA scientists who survey Earth’s polar ice caps, three narrative shorts starring cast from DEADPOOL, OITNB and BILLIONS, and a documentary following a troupe of drag queen nuns who save a rural homophobic community from ruin called QUEER HABITS. QUEER HABITS is now being written as a narrative television series Executive Produced by Marta Kaufman’s company OK Goodnight for TNT. Drew’s developing her second narrative feature, MOMSTER, by directing a short film EP’d by Annapurna Pictures starring Brianna Hildebrand (DEADPOOL) and Amanda Plummer (PULP FICTION), premiering in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2019. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts Production Program and California Institute of the Arts Aesthetics and Politics Masters Program, Drew is a multi-talented filmmaker who worked as DP and made music for several films before beginning to direct her own.
Be it through narrative filmmaking, investigative documentary, or commercials, Drew is passionate about telling groundbreaking stories with a focus on women, people of color and LGBTQ communities. She has worked to secure unprecedented access to subjects as diverse as abortion clinics in Texas, climate change refugees in the Maldives, and drag queen nuns in addition to working with A-list Hollywood talent in narrative and commercial endeavors. Whether working for a major network, a global brand or an independent passion project, Drew takes pride in directing projects that are entertaining, cathartic, and that authentically represent stories and characters who have never before been seen.
Drew’s recent narrative and commercial work features Brianna Hildebrand (DEADPOOL), Amanda Plummer (PULP FICTION), John Ennis (MR SHOW), Josh Fadem (30 ROCK), Gabourey Sidibe (EMPIRE), Chloe Moretz (CARRIE, 30 ROCK), Larry Pine (HOUSE OF CARDS), Catherine Curtin and Michelle Hurst (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK), Frank Harts (THE LEFTOVERS), Bridget Moynahan (SEX AND THE CITY), Kelsea Ballerini, Flume, Blink 182, Sheila E, US Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas and supermodels Christie Brinkley, Ashley Graham, Iman, and Lana Ogilvie.
Her clients include A&E, Allergan, CNN, CBS, Vice, Spotify, CO-OP Financial Services, TED, NYDJ Denim, NASA, and Interscope Records.
In 2018, she was selected for the Sundance Women in Film Financing Intensive and the IFP Screen Forward Episodic Lab. Her films have been selected for AFI Festival’s 5 in Focus, Outfest Best of the Fest, and Tribeca Film Festival’s PRIDE program.
In addition to developing her voice as a queer-identified female director, Drew is the creative director of the 501c3 organization Allies in Arts, which provides support for artists in all mediums who identify as women, people of color, LGBTQ+ and/or differently abled.