Dee Rees
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United States

Little Red Hen Productions, Inc.


Film Director

Rees demonstrated the uncompromising nature of her art with her big screen debut as a writer/director, the semi-autobiographical “Pariah” (2011), about an African-American lesbian teen’s painful journey to self-acceptance. And it was confirmed by her follow-ups, the Emmy-winning TV biopic “Bessie” (2015), starring Queen Latifah as blues singer Bessie Smith, and the post-World War II racial drama “Mudbound,” which earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Now, the one-time Spike Lee protégé is demonstrating her versatility by tackling a political thriller for Netflix, a feature adaptation of the Joan Didion novel “The Last Thing He Wanted” starring Anne Hathaway as a journalist who becomes covert arms dealer.




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

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • New Power of New York
  • Variety Power of Pride
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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Dee Rees Directing 'Kyd's Exquisite Follies' Movie Musical

Dee Rees Directing 'Kyd's Exquisite Follies' Movie Musical

"Mudbound" director Dee Rees will direct independent movie musical fantasy "The Kyd’s Exquisite Follies" from her own script."The Kyd’s Exquisite Follies" will be produced by Cassian Elwes, one of the "Mudbound" producers. Santigold is set to compose the music, with Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic creating the film’s visual effects. Endeavor Content is repping the project.Rees has been in post-production on the Netflix political thriller "The Last Thing He Wanted for Netflix," with Anne Hathaway, Willem Dafoe, Toby Jones and Ben...


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