The New Director: Dee Rees Nominated by Nile Rodgers

The New Director: Dee Rees Nominated by Nile Rodgers

Dee Rees brings accounts of racism and prejudice to the forefront of film, earning a stamp of approval from disco-legend Nile Rodgers.

Dee Rees brings accounts of racism and prejudice to the forefront of film, earning a stamp of approval from disco-legend Nile Rodgers.

Text: Alexandra Ilyashov

As the Discovery Issue, V117 features our cast of the latest and greatest ahead, as nominated by the cultural forces of now. This feature appears in the pages of V117, our Spring Preview 2019 issue, on newsstands today!

You MUST know about Pariah, Bessie (sensational!), and Mudbound,” Rodgers says of writer-director Dee Rees. With 2017’s Mudbound, an account of racism on the home-front in post-WWII Mississippi, Rees made history as the first black woman Oscars contender for Best Adapted Screenplay. She then pivoted to TV, directing a Trump-tackling episode of sci-fi series Electric Dreams, based on a Philip K. Dick novel. As full as it is diverse, Rees’s current slate spans untitled horror projects and 2019’s The Last Thing He Wanted, which adapts Joan Didion’s political thriller.

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