KASI LEMMONS (Co-Writer/Director) is an award-winning
director, writer, actress and professor who has been a staple in Hollywood for
nearly three decades. Her acclaimed 1997 feature directorial debut, Eve's Bayou,
was recently inducted into the National Film Registry, and is considered among
the first to showcase the beauty of African American Southern culture. The film
received the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, and the National
Board of Review bestowed her with a special first-time director award. Eve's
Bayou marked Samuel L. Jackson's debut as a film producer and helped launch the
careers of actresses Megan Good and Jurnee Smollett.
Lemmons' sophomore feature, The Caveman's Valentine, opened the 2002 Sundance
Film Festival, while her third film, Talk to Me, earned the 2008 NAACP Image
Award for outstanding directing. She also adapted Langston Hughes' musical Black
Nativity for the big screen in 2013. As an actress, Lemmons appeared in such
notable films as Jonathan Demme's Silence of the Lambs, John Woo's Hard Target
and Spike Lee's School Daze.
Lemmons has worked extensively as a mentor and educator, and currently serves
as an Arts Professor in the Graduate Film Department at New York University's
Tisch School of the Arts. She has shared her passion for writing and teaching
with institutions across the world, including Yale University, MIT, USC, UCLA,
Los Angeles Film School and The University Pristina Film School in Kosovo.
Lemmons holds an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Letters from Salem State Collage.
She has served on the board of Film Independent since 2004.
Along with Academy Award-nominated composer Terrence Blanchard, Lemmons
recently added librettist to her formidable body of work, creating the stage
adaptation of Charles Blow's New York Times bestselling memoir Fire Shut up in
My Bones, for the Opera Theater of Saint Louis. She is currently in
pre-production for the Madam CJ Walker limited series on Netflix.
Lemmons resides in Harlem with her husband Vondie Curtis-Hall and their
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