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Writer, Actor & Director Known for "Harriet" and "Silence of the Lambs"

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 Kasi Lemmons Biography

Kasi Lemmons is an American film director and actress. Lemmons began making her acting debut in the television movie “11th Victim” (1979). She attended the University of California, Los Angeles to major in history. However, she eventually left U.C.L.A. and enrolled in the film program at the New School for Social Research. As a young child, Lemmons got her first role on TV on a local soap opera called “You Got a Right”, a courtroom drama. She played the first and only black girl who integrated to an all-white school. Her acting credits include episodic parts on shows like “As the World Turns,” “Murder,” “She Wrote,” “The Cosby Show” or “ER” and films such as “Spike Lee's School Daze” (1988), “Vampire's Kiss” (1988), the Academy Award winner for Best Picture “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991), “Candyman” (1992), “Hard Target” (1993), “Fear of a Black Hat” (1993), “Gridlock'd” (1997) and “'Til There Was You” (1997).

In 1997, Lemmons directed the film “Eve's Bayou” starring Samuel L. Jackson, Lynn Whitfield, Debbi Morgan, Diahann Carroll, and Jurnee Smollett. Lemmons wrote a narrative that wove together family drama in the story of a ten-year-old girl and her family. She created and directed the movie with intentional use of universal significance. The movie expresses certain themes and promotes an ambiance of mystery, sultry eroticism, and passion that transforms the characters throughout the movie. The film was not meant to be based on African-American film work; however, it was meant to perceive human relationships in a different way. It attracted more white audiences than black.

The casting for “Talk to Me” was done by Lemmons as well. She felt that Martin Sheen would fit the role of E. G. Sonderling, who was the head of the radio station. She also selected Mike Epps, Cedric the Entertainer, and Taraji Henson, the female lead, as actors for the movie. She had the opportunity to cast her husband, Vondie Curtis-Hall. The film was well-received among critics (currently holding an 80% rate of approval on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes) and won Lemmons an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature as well as a National Board of Review award for Outstanding Directorial Debut. In 2002 Lemmons conceived and helmed the tribute to “Sidney Poitier” for the 74th Annual Academy Award show. In 2007 Lemmons directed the movie” Talk to Me” about an ex-con (played by Don Cheadle) who became a popular talk show host and community activist. The film and the actors were the target of much praise and Lemmons herself won an Image Award for Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture.

Lemmons adapted Broadway musical “Black Nativity” which was filmed in 2013 starring Academy Award winners Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson as well as Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett. Lemmons is also attached to direct the Apartheid-set drama “Agaat,” based on Marlene van Niekerk's novel, in addition to an adaptation of Zadie Smith's best-selling novel “On Beauty.”

Lemmons directed the 2019 film Harriet, a biopic based on the life of iconic freedom fighter Harriet Tubman. The film stars Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman, following her escape from slavery and subsequent missions to free dozens of slaves through the Underground Railroad in the face of growing pre-Civil War adversity.

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Kasi Lemmons

Writer, Actor & Director Known for "Harriet" and "Silence of the Lambs"

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Kasi Lemmons Biography

Kasi Lemmons is an American film director and actress. Lemmons began making her acting debut in the television movie “11th Victim” (1979). She attended the University of California, Los Angeles to major in history. However, she eventually left U.C.L.A. and enrolled in the film program at the New School for Social Research. As a young child, Lemmons got her first role on TV on a local soap opera called “You Got a Right”, a courtroom drama. She played the first and only black girl who integrated to an all-white school. Her acting credits include episodic parts on shows like “As the World Turns,” “Murder,” “She Wrote,” “The Cosby Show” or “ER” and films such as “Spike Lee's School Daze” (1988), “Vampire's Kiss” (1988), the Academy Award winner for Best Picture “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991), “Candyman” (1992), “Hard Target” (1993), “Fear of a Black Hat” (1993), “Gridlock'd” (1997) and “'Til There Was You” (1997).

In 1997, Lemmons directed the film “Eve's Bayou” starring Samuel L. Jackson, Lynn Whitfield, Debbi Morgan, Diahann Carroll, and Jurnee Smollett. Lemmons wrote a narrative that wove together family drama in the story of a ten-year-old girl and her family. She created and directed the movie with intentional use of universal significance. The movie expresses certain themes and promotes an ambiance of mystery, sultry eroticism, and passion that transforms the characters throughout the movie. The film was not meant to be based on African-American film work; however, it was meant to perceive human relationships in a different way. It attracted more white audiences than black.

The casting for “Talk to Me” was done by Lemmons as well. She felt that Martin Sheen would fit the role of E. G. Sonderling, who was the head of the radio station. She also selected Mike Epps, Cedric the Entertainer, and Taraji Henson, the female lead, as actors for the movie. She had the opportunity to cast her husband, Vondie Curtis-Hall. The film was well-received among critics (currently holding an 80% rate of approval on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes) and won Lemmons an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature as well as a National Board of Review award for Outstanding Directorial Debut. In 2002 Lemmons conceived and helmed the tribute to “Sidney Poitier” for the 74th Annual Academy Award show. In 2007 Lemmons directed the movie” Talk to Me” about an ex-con (played by Don Cheadle) who became a popular talk show host and community activist. The film and the actors were the target of much praise and Lemmons herself won an Image Award for Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture.

Lemmons adapted Broadway musical “Black Nativity” which was filmed in 2013 starring Academy Award winners Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson as well as Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett. Lemmons is also attached to direct the Apartheid-set drama “Agaat,” based on Marlene van Niekerk's novel, in addition to an adaptation of Zadie Smith's best-selling novel “On Beauty.”

Lemmons directed the 2019 film Harriet, a biopic based on the life of iconic freedom fighter Harriet Tubman. The film stars Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman, following her escape from slavery and subsequent missions to free dozens of slaves through the Underground Railroad in the face of growing pre-Civil War adversity.

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  • How to book Kasi Lemmons?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Kasi Lemmons for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 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. Fill out a booking request form for Kasi Lemmons, 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 Kasi Lemmons or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Kasi Lemmons?

    Booking fees for Kasi Lemmons, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker 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 Kasi Lemmons, 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 Kasi Lemmons?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Kasi Lemmons for clients worldwide for more than 15 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 Kasi Lemmons 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 Kasi Lemmons or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Kasi Lemmons 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.

Kasi Lemmons is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Kasi Lemmons for your event is available upon request. Kasi Lemmons generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Ava DuVernay, Viola Davis, Forest Whitaker, Bradford Young and Cynthia Erivo. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Kasi Lemmons for an upcoming event.

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