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A Woman’s Work: Actress, Writer & Film Director Kasi Lemmons [VIDEO]

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In celebration of Women’s History Month, we honor Kasi Lemmons. She is an actress, writer and film director best known for the films, Eve’s Bayou, The Careman’s Valentine and Talk to Me.

Eve’s Bayou became the highest growing independent film in 1997. Not only did the film win the Independent Spirit Award for ‘Best First Feature’, but Lemmons received an award created just for her. She won the first time director awards.

The 9th Annual Nortel Palm Springs Film Festival honored her with the “Director’s Achievement Award.”

Along with her list of provoking body work as a film director and writer, she  is also an actress. Her roles includes Jonathan Demme’s  “Silence of the Lambs” opposite Jodie Foster, "Candyman" with Virginia Madsen, Spike Lee’s “School Days,” Rusty Cundieff's parody of the rap music industry, John Woo's first American film, "Hard Target," "Fear of a Black Hat," and "Vampire's Kiss" with Nicolas Cage.

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Today Lemmons continues to work as a mentor and educator. She has been a board mentor of Film Independent and has contributed to the Film Independent Filmmaker Labs as a speaker and moderator. She also continues to serve as an advisor for the Sundance Screenwriter and Filmmaker Labs.

This month WBLS honors Kasi Lemmons; her life, her journey, HER-story.



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