Dee Rees
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United States

Little Red Hen Productions, Inc.


Film Director

It took only one film for Rees to start attracting top-tier talent to her projects. After working with Spike Lee at New York University, her first film, the semi-autobiographical “Pariah,” earned notice for its visually distinctive look at a young African-American woman coming to terms with her sexuality. Rees’ next outing was headlined by Queen Latifah as blues singer Bessie Smith in “Bessie,” the HBO film that won four Emmys. That led to her highest-profile project to date, 2017’s “Mudbound,” with a cast that included Carey Mulligan and Mary J. Blige, fetched a huge $12.5 million payday at Sundance and was nominated for four Oscars. Up next: the political thriller “The Last Thing He Wanted,” with Anne Hathaway and Willem Dafoe, based on the Joan Didion book.




  • New York University (NY, USA)
  • Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FL, USA)

Variety Honors

  • New Power of New York
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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“Mudbound” had hit a raw nerve. On the afternoon Dee Rees’ operatic drama premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last January, it was met with rapturous reviews and Oscar buzz. Surely, distributors would be duking it out for the rights to the picture with a sprawling cast, led by Mary J. Blige, Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell and Jason Clarke. Yet as the evening wore on, a bidding war never materialized for the epic about race and poverty in...


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