Neema Barnette

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Neema Barnette
Born (1949-12-14) December 14, 1949 (age 69)
New York City, New York, United States
OccupationDirector, producer
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Reed R. McCants (1 child)

Neema Barnette is an American film director,[1][2] and the first African-American woman to direct a primetime sitcom.[3] Barnette was the first African-American woman to get a three-picture deal with Sony.[citation needed]

In 1990, she founded Harlem Girl Productions Corporation. Since 1997, Barnette has also worked for the Harlem Lite Productions. She has directed multiple seasons and episodes of a variety of television sitcoms including A Different World, The Cosby Show, Gilmore Girls, and 7th Heaven.

Barnette has directed stage, episodic television, made for TV movies and feature films. Sky Captain was her first short film which she directed as part of the American Film Institute's (AFI) Directing Workshop for Women in 1985.[4] Her 2003 film Civil Brand is a low-budget feature on women in prison who stage an uprising to protest their treatment.[2] Her 1997 film, Spirit Lost, is a psychological thriller with a love triangle that includes a ghost.[1][5]

Her most recent feature film is Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day (2012), her 11th movie and third for theatrical release.[6] The film is a thriller and family drama following the story of a marriage on the rocks,[7] which received an NAACP Image Award Nomination for Best Independent Feature in 2012.[8] Barnette directed two episodes of Being Mary Jane: "Hot Seat" and "Don't Call It A Comeback" (2015 - Season 3).[9][10] Barnette is the Executive Producer of Black History Mini Docs, 90 second videos featuring the stories of African-American heroes and she-roes, as well as daily tributes which are posted on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest.[8]

She has won numerous awards, honors, and nominations, among them an Emmy Award for her afterschool special To Be a Man,[11] two NAACP Image Awards, and a Sundance Film Festival Award.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Films Directed[edit]

  • Super Sweet 16: The Movie (2007)
  • All You've Got (2005)
  • Zora Is My Name!
  • Better Off Dead
  • Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story
  • Close to Danger
  • Spirit Lost
  • Woman Thou Art Loose: On the 7th Day
  • Heaven Ain't Hard to Find
  • Better off Dead[13][14]

Television Directed[edit]

    • Midnight, Texas 2018
    • The Good Cop 2018
    • Love is _  2018[15]
    • Luke Cage 2018[16]
    • Blind Spot 2018 [17]
    • The Breaks 2017[18]
    • Being Mary Jane 2015-2017[19][20]
    • Queen Sugar 2016
    • Miracle's Boys 2005
    • Gilmore Girls[21]
    • The PJs [22]
    • Diagnosis Murder  1994-1998
    • 7th Heaven[23]
    • Deadly Games 1996[24]
    • The Cosby Mysteries 1994-1995
    • The Sinbad Show  1993  
    • The Royal Family  1991
    • Different Worlds: A Story of Interracial Love  
    • The Cosby Show  1989-1991
    • A Different World  1990-1991  
    • Zora Is My Name! 1990
    • China Beach  1990
    • The Robert Guillaume Show 1989[25]
    • It’s Living 1988-1989[26]
    • Hooperman 1989
    • Frank's Place  1987
    • What's Happening Now  1986
    • One More Hurdle (1984)

Produced[edit]

    • King of Stage: The Woodie King Jr. Story (Documentary) (executive producer)
    • 2016
    • Queen Sugar (TV Series) (producer - 13 episodes)
    • 2012 Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day (producer)
    • 2008 Cuttin Da Mustard (executive producer) / (producer)
    • 2002 Civil Brand (producer) [27]

Awards[edit]

  • TO BE A MAN for ABC Television, for which she won her first Emmy Award.
  • The Silent Crime, an American Women in Radio & Television award for directing.
  • Barnette won an International Monitor Award for Best Director for The Cosby Show episode, 'The Day the Spores Landed.'
  • ZORA IS MY NAME (American Playhouse production starring Ruby Dee which won a Lilly Award for Exceptional Representation of African American Images in Film)
  • One More Hurdle,” an NBC dramatic special, won Neema her first NAACP Image® Award for her directing efforts.
  • While directing an episode for Cosby in which Mr. Cosby gets pregnant, “The Day The Spores Landed” (International Monitor® Award for Best Director)
  • The Delta Society awarded Neema their prestigious Lilly® Award for exceptional representation of African American images in film.
  • The Cosby Mysteries. “ For one episode she directed the show received a Peabody® and Emmy® Award.
YEAR AWARDS ORGANIZATION NOMINATED WORK RESULT
1993 Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Shows - Daytime American Black Film Festival CBS Schoolbreak Special (1984)

For episode "Different Worlds: A Story of Interracial Love

Nominee

2002

(August)

Special Jury Prize

Audience Award

Urbanworld Film Festival Civil Brand Winner
2002

(June)

Blockbuster Audience Award The Black American Film Festival Civil Brand Winner
2003

(April)

Audience Award

Official Selection Filin

Roxbury Black Film Festival n.[14]


Philadelphia Film Festival

Civil Brand Winner
2003

(February)

Festival Award

Sojourner Truth Award

Pan-African Film Festival Civil Brand Winner
2006

(March)

Best Director - Television Black Reel Awards Miracle's Boys Winner
2017 Trailblazer Reel Sistas of the Diaspora


NY Women in Film

Herself Nominee

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Thomas, Kevin (August 29, 2003). "'Civil Brand'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 15, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Scott, A. O. (October 10, 2003). "FILM REVIEW; Tough Women in the Pen Decide to Get Tougher". New York Times. Retrieved November 15, 2009.
  3. ^ Randle, Nancy (January 12, 1993). "Tackling issues Steinem's behind-the-scenes efforts give life to 'Better Off Dead'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 15, 2009. Barnette-the first black woman to direct a primetime sitcom
  4. ^ Gregory, Mollie (August 24, 2002). Women Who Run the Show: How a Brilliant and Creative New Generation of Women Stormed Hollywood. Macmillan. ISBN 9780312301828.
  5. ^ McClain, Shonda (June 10, 1995). "'Spirit Lost' a low-down psychological thriller". Indianapolis Recorder. Archived from the original on November 2, 2012. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 'Spirit Lost' is the story of a 'brother' who is caught between two women, one of whom happens to be a ghost. Directed by Neema Barnette, [...] Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ "Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
  7. ^ "Woman-Thou-Art-Loosed-On-the-7th-Day - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes - NYTimes.com". www.nytimes.com. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "About BHMD". www.blackhistoryminidocs.com. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 13, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ Neema. "Barnette".
  10. ^ "Being Mary Jane Season 3". Season Episode.me. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
  11. ^ Chideya, Farai (October 19, 2007). "Honoring Black Female Filmmakers". National Public Radio. Retrieved November 15, 2009.
  12. ^ "Sundance Institute". sundance.org. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  13. ^ Gregory, Mollie (2002). Women Who Run the Show: How a Brilliant and Creative New Generation of Women Stormed. MacMillan. p. 423. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
  14. ^ a b "School of Theater, Film and Television". TFT UCLA EDU. UCLA. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
  15. ^ Rose (Going Home), retrieved March 13, 2019
  16. ^ If It Ain't Rough, It Ain't Right, retrieved March 13, 2019
  17. ^ Clamorous Night, retrieved March 13, 2019
  18. ^ Clamorous Night, retrieved March 13, 2019
  19. ^ Gregory, Mollie (2002). Women Who Run the Show: How a Brilliant and Creative New Generation of Women Stormed. MacMillan. p. 423. Retrieved December 13, 2015.[verification needed]
  20. ^ "School of Theater, Film and Television". TFT UCLA EDU. UCLA. Retrieved December 13, 2015.[verification needed]
  21. ^ The Fundamental Things Apply, retrieved March 13, 2019
  22. ^ Haiti and the Tramp, retrieved March 13, 2019
  23. ^ Rush to Judgment, retrieved March 13, 2019
  24. ^ The Trash Man, retrieved March 13, 2019
  25. ^ Together Again, retrieved March 13, 2019
  26. ^ It's a Living (TV Series 1980–1989) - IMDb, retrieved March 13, 2019
  27. ^ "Neema Barnette". IMDb. Retrieved March 13, 2019.

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