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Director Dee Rees Cements Her Soft Style in Bessie With Queen Latifah

While the world rightfully celebrates Ava DuVernay’s skills with Selma, we might want to stay tuned to director Dee Rees too. The creative force behind HBO’s Bessie, Rees cut her teeth on the heart-wrenching independent film Pariah that left me in a puddle of tears by the credits and she brought the same raw, subtle… » 5/20/15 5:23pm 5/20/15 5:23pm

Female Directors Might Be Ignored By Hollywood, But They're Celebrated at the Athena Film Festival

Love movies? Wish you could see more quality, lady-friendly stuff? Take note: The second annual Athena Film Festival— a celebration of "women's leadership in both real life and the fictional world"— is right around the corner, February 9-12, at Barnard College in New York City. This year's awardees include the likes… » 1/26/12 6:50pm 1/26/12 6:50pm

The Emotional, Personal, Universal Story of Pariah

There's a motto you learn in screenwriting school: "If it's personal, it's universal." Human experiences transcend race, gender, geographical borders. And Pariah, the excellent (heartbreaking, heartwarming, highly-recommended) film written and directed by Dee Rees, might be about a young black girl growing up in… » 1/09/12 5:20pm 1/09/12 5:20pm