Dee Rees

Award-winning writer/director DEE REES is an alumna of New York University’s graduate film program and a 2007 Sundance Screenwriting Lab Fellow. She has written and directed several short films, including PARIAH, which has screened at over 40+ festivals including the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and garnered several accolades including the Audience Award at the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival and the inaugural Iris Prize in 2007.

Most recently, Dee continued development on the feature project PARIAH at the 2008 Sundance Director’s Lab and was named as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Indie Faces for 2008. Dee was also selected as a 2008 Tribeca Institute/ Renew Media Arts Fellow (Rockefeller Foundation) for her work, and is currently in post-production on her feature PARIAH. Her documentary on Liberia titled EVENTUAL SALVATION, which was honoured with a grant from the 2007 Sundance Documentary Fund in addition to winning the 2007 Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award is currently on the festival circuit.

Dee worked as a script supervision intern on Spike Lee’s films “When the Levees Broke” and “Inside Man” and also worked as a development intern with producer Barbara De Fina. Dee earned an MBA from Florida A&M University and slaved away at three different, successively more soul-crushing FORTUNE 500 companies in a far, far distant former life.


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