About snow Writer/director, Olivia Newman’s debut feature film, First Match, is a Netflix Original film now streaming on Netflix. First Match premiered at the 2018 SXSW where it won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature Film in Competition and the LUNA Gamechanger Award for Best Female Director of a first feature. Set in Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood, First Match follows fifteen-year-old Monique as she tries to reconnect with her estranged father by joining the boys' wrestling team. Written and directed by Olivia, First Match stars newcomer, Elvire Emanuelle, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman, Greatest Showman, The Get Down) and Colman Domingo (Fear the Walking Dead).

Olivia is an alum of the Sundance Directors and Screenwriters Labs and the Sundance FilmTwo Intensive, the recipient of the IFP/Durga Foundation Filmmaker Award, the Adrienne Shelly Foundation filmmaker grant and the Maryland Filmmakers fellowship. Olivia has also received funding from the Sundance Institute, HBO, the Tribeca Film Institute, the San Francisco Film Society, and The Caucus Foundation, as well as support from IFP and Film Independent. Her short films have screened at dozens of festivals internationally including the New York Film Festival, Palm Springs International Shorts. Olivia received her BA in French and women’s studies from Vassar College and her MFA in Film from Columbia University. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two young children.