Women in Media held a Memorial Day Weekend virtual cocktail party with trailblazing writer/director/producer Neema Barnette. The WiM community joined together for a delightful, relaxed party with one of the most prolific, well respected directors of our generation, moderated by WIM Executive Director, Tema L. Staig. All genders were welcome. We also held a live drawing at the end of the event for a director’s chair courtesy of our friends at Filmcraft!
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About Our Guest
Neema Barnette has a long and well-respected career directing television and film. Her repertoire is diverse, ranging in shows such as Luke Cage, A Different World, Being Mary Jane, Gilmore Girls, Bosch, Blind Spot, and the features Civil Brand and Woman, Thou Art Loosed: On The 7th Day.
Starting out as a young theater director, Neema was accepted into the Women’s Directing Workshop at AFI. She is the first African American woman to ever direct a sitcom, WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW. She made history again as the first African American Woman to receive a three picture deal from a major studio (Columbia).
In 2016 Neema was chosen by Ava Du Vernay and Oprah Winfrey to be Producing Director of Queen Sugar. Besides directing two episodes, Neema trained the women chosen to direct, none of whom had ever directed TV. In 2017 the 1st season of Queen Sugar was nominated for a People’s Choice Award & multiple NAACP Image Awards. The series is now on its fourth season and has successfully advanced 37 women into the DGA who all now have careers directing TV.
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