Director Dee Rees made a huge splash at Sundance with her feature film Pariah, a coming-of-age film about a young, Black girl discovering her identity. The film was picked up by Focus Features in January 2011.
Riding her the success of Pariah, Dee signed with UTA but found a need to change and is now signed to WME Entertainment. When she signed to Focus Features, she also penned a deal to do another film for them —a thriller called Bolo. The film will pair her back up with Pariah producer Nekisa Cooper, who is also making waves in her own right. (Read August 24, 2011, post.)
Ms. Rees is also in talks for a small screen series (30 minutes) featuring The Help star Viola Davis. The project is still untitled. Ms. Davis will be the lead role. According to Variety.com, “The series is said to be a look at the corruption of a city through the eyesof the headmaster of an exclusive prep school who has her eye on bigger things.”
According to Dee, Pariah is scheduled for release in Winter 2011.