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Dee Rees

Award-Winning Writer & Director Known for "Pariah"

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Dee Rees Biography

An alumna of New York University’s graduate film program and a 2008 Sundance Screenwriting and Directing Lab Fellow, Dee Rees is a writer-director whose feature film Pariah premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Pariah was honored with the Festival’s U.S. Dramatic Competition “Excellence in Cinematography” Award (Bradford Young) and picked up by Focus Features. The film was honored many awards including the “John Cassavetes Award” at the Independent Spirit Awards (2011), the Gotham Award for “Best Breakthrough Director” (2011), “Outstanding Film –Limited Release” at the GLAAD Media Award (2012), and 7 NAACP Image Award nominations including “Outstanding Motion Picture," “Outstanding Directing," and “Outstanding Writing” with the win for “Outstanding Independent Motion Picture."

Before embarking on the production of the full feature film, Rees initially took the first act of the Pariah script and directed it as a short film for her graduate thesis film project at NYU. In 2007, the short film played at 40 film festivals around the world, winning numerous accolades including the Audience Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Rees first met Spike Lee at NYU as a professor, and he quickly became an active mentor to her; she served as an intern on Spike’s films Inside Man and When the Levees Broke, and Spike was an Executive Producer on the feature version of Pariah.

In 2015, Rees' film Bessie premiered on HBO, and starred Queen Latifah as the iconic singer, Bessie Smith. The film was well received by critics. It won four Primetime Emmy Awards, including the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie. In addition, Rees was nominated for writing and directing the film.

Rees has partnered with producer Shonda Rhimes on an adaption of Isabel Wilkerson's "The Warmth of Other Suns" for FX and has directed TV episodes for "Empire" and "When We Rise." She directed her next film, Mudbound, in 2017, and The Last Thing He Wanted in 2020.

Dee was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee and currently resides in New York.

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    Booking fees for Dee Rees, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Dee Rees, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
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Dee Rees Biography

An alumna of New York University’s graduate film program and a 2008 Sundance Screenwriting and Directing Lab Fellow, Dee Rees is a writer-director whose feature film Pariah premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Pariah was honored with the Festival’s U.S. Dramatic Competition “Excellence in Cinematography” Award (Bradford Young) and picked up by Focus Features. The film was honored many awards including the “John Cassavetes Award” at the Independent Spirit Awards (2011), the Gotham Award for “Best Breakthrough Director” (2011), “Outstanding Film –Limited Release” at the GLAAD Media Award (2012), and 7 NAACP Image Award nominations including “Outstanding Motion Picture," “Outstanding Directing," and “Outstanding Writing” with the win for “Outstanding Independent Motion Picture."

Before embarking on the production of the full feature film, Rees initially took the first act of the Pariah script and directed it as a short film for her graduate thesis film project at NYU. In 2007, the short film played at 40 film festivals around the world, winning numerous accolades including the Audience Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Rees first met Spike Lee at NYU as a professor, and he quickly became an active mentor to her; she served as an intern on Spike’s films Inside Man and When the Levees Broke, and Spike was an Executive Producer on the feature version of Pariah.

In 2015, Rees' film Bessie premiered on HBO, and starred Queen Latifah as the iconic singer, Bessie Smith. The film was well received by critics. It won four Primetime Emmy Awards, including the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie. In addition, Rees was nominated for writing and directing the film.

Rees has partnered with producer Shonda Rhimes on an adaption of Isabel Wilkerson's "The Warmth of Other Suns" for FX and has directed TV episodes for "Empire" and "When We Rise." She directed her next film, Mudbound, in 2017, and The Last Thing He Wanted in 2020.

Dee was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee and currently resides in New York.

Dee Rees Videos

  • Celebrating Pride Month with ‘Pariah’ director Dee Rees
    Dee Rees is being named the first African American female director to have a film in the prestigious Criterion Collection, which includes some of the...
  • Dee Rees - Examining Empathy and Trauma in “Mudbound” | The Daily...
    Dee Rees discusses her film "Mudbound," which examines World War II veterans returning home, and weighs in on the difference between representation...
  • Dee Rees | BAFTA Screenwriters’ Lecture Series
    Dee Rees, writer + director of Mudbound, talks being flexible with your script and getting your writing on to the screen.

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  • How to book Dee Rees?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Dee Rees for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Dee Rees, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Dee Rees or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Dee Rees?

    Booking fees for Dee Rees, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Dee Rees, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Dee Rees?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Dee Rees for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dee Rees for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Dee Rees or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Dee Rees or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Dee Rees is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Dee Rees for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Dee Rees generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Spike Lee, Ava DuVernay, Barry Jenkins, Janelle Monáe and Lena Waithe. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dee Rees for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Dee Rees Speaker Videos

  • Celebrating Pride Month with ‘Pariah’ director Dee Rees
    Dee Rees is being named the first African American female director to have a film in the prestigious Criterion Collection, which includes some of the greatest movies from around the world.
    Dee Rees - Examining Empathy and Trauma in “Mudbound” | The Daily Show
    Dee Rees discusses her film "Mudbound," which examines World War II veterans returning home, and weighs in on the difference between representation and tokenism.
  • Dee Rees | BAFTA Screenwriters’ Lecture Series
    Dee Rees, writer + director of Mudbound, talks being flexible with your script and getting your writing on to the screen.
    Dee Rees MUDBOUND keynote | 2017 Film Independent Forum
    Filmmaker Dee Rees discusses her work and career (including the upcoming MUDBOUND) with Film Independent President Josh Welsh at the 2017 Film Independent Forum at the Directors Guild of America in...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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