Dee Rees Biography
Dee Rees is a screenwriter and director from the United States who is best known for her works in Pariah, Bessie, Mudbound, and The Last Thing He Wanted. Empire, When We Rise, and Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams are among the television shows for which Rees has written and directed episodes.
How old is Dee Rees? – Age
She is 44 years old as of 7 February 2021. She was born in 1977 in Nashville, Tennessee, United States.
Dee Rees Family
In her 2017 film Mudbound, Rees, who is of African American origin, incorporates her family’s history, particularly that of her grandmother, where American brutality and racism are increasingly important to the lives of all citizens and a marker of each individual’s identity.
Dee Rees Partner
Rees is a lesbian. In an interview with BlackEnterprise.com on National Coming Out Day in 2011, Rees recounted her coming out experience. Her parents were not tolerant of her when she came out. Emails, cards, notes, and Bible passages were sent to her. Pariah is semi-autobiographical in Rees’ opinion because she can relate to the film’s key themes. Sarah M. Broom, a poet, and writer has been Rees’s partner since at least 2017. They have since married and now live in Harlem.
Dee Rees Net Worth
Rees has an estimated net worth of $1.2 million.
Dee Rees The Last Thing He Wanted
He is the director of the 2020 political thriller film The Last Thing He Wanted. From a screenplay by Rees and Marco Villalobos, the film is based on Joan Didion’s 1996 novel of the same name. Ben Affleck, Anne Hathaway, Rosie Perez, Edi Gathegi, Mel Rodriguez, Toby Jones, and Willem Dafoe star in the film.
On January 27, 2020, it made its global premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Netflix released the film on February 21, 2020. The film was widely lambasted by critics, who particularly panned the writing.
Dee Rees Career
Eventual Salvation, of 2009, Rees’ debut feature film, was a documentary that broadcast on the Sundance Channel. Amma, her 80-year-old grandmother who was born in the United States, returns to Monrovia, Liberia, to rebuild her home and community. Only a decade before, she had narrowly escaped the devastating Liberian civil war. Rees worked as an intern for Spike Lee during her graduate studies, and she was able to get him to executive produce the picture. Receiving finance for the feature picture was tough, and the process took nearly five years to complete.
Mudbound is a period drama based on Hillary Jordan’s 2008 novel of the same name. It is set in the 1940s in the Mississippi Delta and chronicles the narrative of two families. In the summer of 2016, the film was shot in New Orleans over the course of 28 days. Rees used the names of their slave ancestors from her grandmother’s diaries to direct her research. She claims that by doing so, she was able to go deeper into her own personal history. Mudbound, which premiered at Sundance in 2017, became the festival’s most expensive buy, with Netflix paying $12.5 million for it.
Mudbound is a period drama based on Hillary Jordan’s 2008 novel of the same name. The film was co-written by Rees and Virgil Williams and shot in New Orleans over the course of 28 days in the summer of 2016. In the 1940s, the film follows the story of two families in the Mississippi Delta. It features numerous personal links for Rees, such as her grandfather’s military service and her grandmother’s desire to work as a stenographer. After premiering at Sundance in 2017, it was purchased by Netflix for $12.5 million, making it the festival’s most expensive buy.
Following that, Rees will helm many episodes of the Apple TV+ war miniseries Masters of the Air. She’s also attached to write and direct FilmNation’s An Uncivil War. Rees received two NAACP Image Award nominations in 2018 for Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Writing. The Last Thing He Wanted is based on Joan Didion’s novel of the same name.
Dee Rees Movies
♦ 2011 – Pariah
♦ 2017 – Mudbound
♦ 2020 – The Last Thing He Wanted
♦ 2005 – Orange Bow
♦ 2007 – Pariah
♦ 2008 – Eventual Salvation
♦ 2009 – Colonial Gods
Dee Rees TV Shows
♦ 2015 – Bessie
♦ 2015 – Empire
♦ 2017 – When We Rise
♦ 2018 – Electric Dreams
♦ 2020 – Space Force
♦ TBA – Masters of the Air