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'Pariah' Director Dee Rees To Helm Bessie Smith Biopic Starring Queen Latifah, Amy Berg Prepping Janis Joplin Doc & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2014 5:27 PM
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It's been three years since Dee Rees 2011's observant and beautiful "Pariah," and we've been patiently waiting for her next effort. She's certainly been busy, penning "Large Print," teamed with Viola Davis on a HBO project, lined up the indie romance "This Man, This Woman," and last fall, she even took a leap to sci-fi, signing up to adapt and direct Philip K. Dick’s "Martian Time-Slip." And then we heard nothing since, but it looks like Rees is finally getting back behind the camera, for what soudns like a very promising project.

'Pariah' Director Dee Rees Bringing Philip K. Dick’s ‘Martian Time-Slip’ To The Big Screen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 21, 2013 5:07 PM
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Philip K. Dick’s ‘Martian Time-Slip’ Dee Rees
In the wake of 2011's excellent "Pariah" it was no surprise that writer/director Dee Rees was getting lots of work. She wrote a script called "Large Print," teamed with Viola Davis on a project for HBO and lined up an indie romance, "This Man, This Woman." But disappointingly, none of those have yet borne fruit. Nonetheless, we're glad she's still plugging away and now, on an intriguing new venture we couldn't really have imagined with Rees' name attached.

20 Great Debut Films From Female Directors

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 29, 2013 3:44 PM
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20 great Debut/female directors
One of the less reported stories of this August’s film schedule is that the month not only saw three films released that were directed by women, but they were in fact three feature debuts — Lake Bell’s “In A World” opened to a rapturous reception (including ours) on the 9th, Jerusha Hess’ “Austenland” bowed the following week, and this Friday Jill Solloway’s “Afternoon Delight” begins its run (our review is here). One swallow, or even three, may not make a summer, but these green shoots must certainly be promising for those in favor of changing the current female:male ratio in the film directing profession (which runs at 1 to 15.24 in the U.S. according to a Sundance Institute report) to a number that isn’t so outrageously out of whack that you have to keep double checking it. Yep, it’s 1:15.24.

On The Rise 2012: 10 Directors Who Look To Be Bright Sparks Of The Future

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 15, 2012 2:33 PM
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Like it or not, filmmaking is undeniably a director's medium. It wasn't always like that, of course: it was only the coming of the auteur theory in the 1950s and 1960s that popularized the idea of the director as the person responsible for all that was great and terrible about a picture. And while anyone who's worked in film knows that it's a collaborative medium, there's still no better way of seeing where the form might be going in the next few years than by looking at the directors who've been making splashes of late.

'Pariah' Director Dee Rees To Helm Indie Love Story 'This Man, This Woman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2012 5:57 PM
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Director Dee Rees hasn't been in any particular hurry to follow up the acclaimed and excellent "Pariah," but she's not without options. Earlier this year it was reported she was writing a new film entitled "Large Print," about a recently divorced, mid-50s insurance adjuster, she's got a thriller called "Bolo" she's developing with Focus Features and she's working on a project at HBO with Viola Davis. Well, now her slate is beginning to get a little more crowded.

'Pariah' Director Dee Rees Writing A New Script Called 'Large Print' & Working On An HBO Series With Viola Davis

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 26, 2012 8:58 AM
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While Spike Lee may be making headlines at the Sundance Film Festival for both his fiery rants and his latest effort “Red Hook Summer,” he took some time out to help boost the profile of a rising filmmaker who is already earning acclaim. Lee appeared alongside Dee Rees of “Pariah” fame (he executive produced the film), and the pair had an extended conversation with New York Times writer David Carr that’s well worth the watch (it's in full below).

David Cronenberg Says 'Cosmopolis' Will Arrive Next Fall; Terrence Malick's 'The Burial' Is Not Called 'The Burial'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • December 2, 2011 9:57 AM
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Mike Mills Says Winning Best Feature For 'Beginners' At Gotham Awards "Trippy, Weird Icing On The Cake"

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • November 29, 2011 9:03 AM
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'The Tree Of Life' & 'Beginners' Tie For Best Feature At The 2011 Gotham Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 28, 2011 10:59 PM
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With the New York Film Critics Circle set to announce their award winners tomorrow morning over Twitter (guys, way to make it less meaningless, how about an actual webpage?) and the Gotham Independent Film Awards just wrapped, the fall awards season has officially kicked off. And already, we've got some surprises.

TIFF '11 Review: 'Pariah' Is So Much More Than Just This Year's 'Precious'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 12, 2011 12:59 PM
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Listen, we understand that sometimes in order to get some attention, indie films need glib comparisons and word out of Sundance this year was that Dee Rees' "Pariah" was this year's "Precious." However, not only is "Pariah" nothing like "Precious", it is so much better and so much more rewarding than anything Lee Daniels' "achieved" with his hysterical, exploitative, ghetto soap opera porno. Real in ways few movies ever are, "Pariah" mixes the coming out and coming-of-age story and pitches it against the backdrop of an African-American family adapting to the shifting cultural sexual tides. The result is a film that is warm and raw, sometimes both at the same time, and is easily one our favorites of the year.

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