EXCLUSIVE: ABC’s Women of the Movement has assembled a staff of 4 completed Black feminine administrators for the primary installment of the potential anthology that celebrates the ladies of the civil rights motion. Tina Mabry (Mississippi Damned), Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust) and Kasi Lemmons (Harriet) will be a part of Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball), as administrators on the restricted sequence, from creator-writer Marissa Jo Cerar and a producing staff that features Jay-Z, Will Smith and Aaron Kaplan.
The six-episode sequence, set to premiere in 2021, facilities on Mamie Till-Mobley, performed by Adrienne Warren, who devoted her life to searching for justice for her son Emmett Till (Cedric Joe) following his brutal killing within the Jim Crow South.
As beforehand introduced, Prince-Bythewood, who govt produces, will direct the primary episode., Mabry will direct the second and third episodes, Dash will helm the fourth and fifth episodes and Lemmons will direct the sixth and ultimate episode.
“Gina, Tina, Julie, and Kasi have all made plain contributions to movie and tv. They are trailblazers whose work has impressed so many people, mentioned creator, govt producer and showrunner Cerar. “I put a number of thought into constructing this roster of profoundly gifted Black ladies, all of whom are dedicated to honoring Emmett and Mamie’s legacy above all else. Collaborating with these filmmakers is a dream realized. I’m honored.”
Tonya Pinkins, Glynn Turman, Chris Coy, Julia McDermott and Carter Jenkins co-star within the sequence.
Women of the Movement is impressed by the ebook Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement by Devery S. Anderson. Cerar serves as showrunner and govt produces with Jay-Z, Jay Brown and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith by way of Roc Nation; Smith and James Lassiter for Overbrook; in addition to Kaplan, Dana Honor and Michael Lohmann of Kapital Entertainment. In addition to Prince-Bythewood, Rosanna Grace govt produces for Serendipity Film Group together with Alex Foster and John Powers Middleton of Middleton Media Group; and David Clark by way of Mazo Partners. Kapital is the studio.
The sequence began manufacturing this week in Mississippi, using a quarantine bubble.
Mabry wrote and directed the function movie Mississippi Damned starring Tessa Thompson. She is subsequent set to direct the difference of the NYT bestseller Supremes At Earl’s All-U-Can Eat at Searchlight. Mabry was on the writing staff for Fox’s 2018 function, The Hate U Give starring Amandla Steinberg. In TV, Mabry directed the Beast Mode pilot for Macro/TNT. She was additionally a writer-producer on Fox’s Proven Innocent. Her episodic directing credit embody Insecure (HBO), Dear White People (Netflix), Pose (FX), and Grand Army (Netflix). Mabry received a DGA Award for Amazon’s American Girl. She was additionally chosen as one among eight feminine administrators for the Women In Film’s initiative ReFrame Rise. Mabry is repped by Gabriel Mena at M88, Bill Douglass and Mark Ross at Paradigm and Tara Kole Gang Tyre.
Dash is the latest recipient of the Special Award on the 82nd New York Film Critics Circle. Twenty-eight years in the past, Dash broke via racial and gender boundaries along with her Sundance award-winning movie (Best Cinematography) Daughters of the Dust, and she or he turned the primary Black lady to have a large theatrical launch of her function movie. The Library of Congress positioned Daughters of the Dust and her brief movie Illusions within the National Film Registry the place her movies be a part of a choose group of American movies preserved and guarded as nationwide treasures by the Librarian of Congress. Dash has written and directed for CBS, BET, Encore Starz, Showtime, MTV Movies, HBO, and episodes of Queen Sugar for OWN Television. She directed the NAACP Image Award-winning, Emmy and DGA-nominated, The Rosa Parks Story, Incognito, Funny Valentines, Love Song, and Subway Stories. Dash is repped by CAA.
Lemmons’ 1997 function directorial debut, Eve’s Bayou, was lately inducted into the National Film Registry and is taken into account among the many first to showcase the fantastic thing about African American Southern tradition. The movie obtained the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, and the National Board of Review honored her with a particular first-time director award. Her fifth function movie, Harriet, primarily based on the lifetime of American icon Harriet Tubman, earned Oscar nominations for Cynthia Erivo (Best Actress) and Best Original Song. As an actress, Lemmons appeared in such notable movies as Jonathan Demme’s Silence of the Lambs, John Woo’s Hard Target and Spike Lee’s School Daze. Lemmons has labored extensively as a mentor and educator, and at the moment serves as an Arts Professor within the Graduate Film Department at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Lemmons penned the libretto for the operatic adaptation of Charles Blow’s New York Times bestselling memoir Fire Shut Up In My Bones, written by Terence Blanchard for the Opera Theater of Saint Louis. Fire Shut Up In My Bones will open The Metropolitan Opera 2021-22 season, making historical past as the primary opera by a Black composer to seem on the Met stage. Lemmons is at the moment adapting and directing Maaza Mengiste’s novel The Shadow King for the large display with Atlas Entertainment producing.
Prince-Bythewood most lately directed motion drama function The Old Guard starring Charlize Theron and Kiki Layne. Other latest creditsinclude the Fox particular occasion sequence Shots Fired, which she and her husband Reggie Rock Bythewood served as Series Creators and Executive Producers. She additionally directed the pilot for Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger. She subsequent will direct the historic epic function The Woman King for TriStar Pictures, starring Viola Davis. Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood have a multi-year first-look cope with Touchstone Television beneath their manufacturing firm, Undisputed Cinema, masking tv tasks for broadcast and streaming platforms.