Drew Denny’s first narrative feature won Best Feature, Best First Feature and Best Cinematography in its 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 an interview with Hillary Clinton, 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. Inspired by the adaptation process, Drew joined forces with award-winning podcast creator Kaitlin Prest to develop a narrative series based on Prest’s Peabody- nominated podcast THE HEART. Drew is currently in production of her podcast, ASKING FOR IT, which she aims to adapt for television as well. Her other television projects include SECOND NATURE, a nature doc series about the 1500+ species who engage in same sex sexual behavior, and RATTLE, a limited series inspired by a true story Drew covered as a journalist following female veterans who team up to take revenge on their attacker. Meanwhile, Drew’s developing her second narrative feature, MOMSTER, by directing a short film Executive Produced by Annapurna Pictures starring Brianna Hildebrand (DEADPOOL) and Amanda Plummer (PULP FICTION) to be released 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 a cinematographer and made music for several films before beginning to direct her own. She moonlights as a singer/songwriter in her band HIPS.
Be it through narrative filmmaking, investigative documentary, commercials, music or multi-media projects, 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 rock stars, super models, and 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, CNN, CBS, Vice, Spotify, and Interscope Records.
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.
In 2018, Drew was accepted into the Sundance/Women in Film Financing Intensive, the IFP Screen Forward Episodic Lab and IFP Week.