Five Things You Didn’t Know about Dee Rees

TVOvermind | 10/10/2017 | Nat Berman
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Dee Rees is a screenwriter and director who was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on February 7, 1977. She began her career in the film industry after attending New York University as part of the graduate film program. It was during this course that she made her first film as part of her thesis. Rees is also an alma mater of Florida A &M University. She is best-known for her films ‘Pariah’, ‘Mudbound’, and ‘Bessie’. However, she has also written and directed many shorts and episodes of television series. Here are five more things you might not know about the writer and director Dee Rees.

Dee Rees has won many awards for both writing screenplays and for her work as a director. Her first film, ‘Pariah’, was nominated for a total of 20 awards, of which it won 12. These included two Black Critics Awards for Best Director and Best Short Film. She also won the John Cassavetes Award at the Independent Spirits Awards and the Iris Prize at the Iris Prize Festival. Her second feature film, ‘Bessie’, was nominated for three awards. It won the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing- Miniseries or TV film.

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Dee is not her original name. She was actually born as Denise but legally changed her name to Dee when she was 24-years-old. She is also sometimes professionally credited using the alternative name, Diandra Rees.

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