Dee Rees: Choosing The Hard Things
An alumna of New York University’s graduate film program and the Sundance Screenwriting and Directing Lab, Dee Rees is a writer/director whose feature film Pariah premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Pariah was honored with Sundance’s U.S. Dramatic Competition Excellence in Cinematography Award, the Independent Spirit Awards’ John Cassavetes Award, and the Gotham Award for Best Breakthrough Director. Rees chooses to create characters and worlds that we have not seen on screen before, often taking the hard path to deliver her stories.
In 2015, her film Bessie, starring Queen Latifah, premiered on HBO and won four Primetime Emmy® Awards. Her episodic television work includes episodes for Empire and Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, an upcoming science fiction television anthology series. Her new film, Mudbound, premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival to much acclaim and will be available on Netflix. Rees has received several honors in recent years, including being named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” and noted among The New York Times’ list of “Directors to Watch.” The success of Mudbound will certainly expand upon these accolades exponentially as Rees continues to tell audiences the hard stories that need to be told. Special thanks to Brian Graney, Walton Muyumba, and Netflix.
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