Caption: Dee Rees, San Francisco, CA 10/11/11, Credit: Andrea Chase
Image by: Andrea Chase 
Dee Rees, San Francisco, CA 10/11/11 

PARIAH -- Writer/director Dee Rees

From: Andrea Chase
Series: Behind the Scenes
Length: 15:04

Embed_button
Writer/director Dee Rees talks breakthrough poetry, gender fluidity, and the healing power of ice cream. Read the full description.

Pariahreesprx_small PARIAH began life as a feature-length script that was made into a short film. Unwilling to let that be the end of her project, writer/director Dee Rees kept working until the funding came through so that she could make her film her way. When I spoke to her on October 11, 2011, the conversation covered that before moving on to the remarkable poetry the lead charater, Alika, writes, the radical departure co-star Kim Wayans took in playing a dramatic role, and what film can do that digital just can't.

Also in the Behind the Scenes series

Caption: Iko Uwais & Gareth Evans, San Francisco, CA  3/11/14, Credit: Andrea Chase

THE RAID 2: BERENDAL -- Gareth Davis and Iko Uwais Interview (22:56)
From: Andrea Chase

Gareth Evans and Iko Uwais talk silence as suspense, choreographing mud, and confounding the audience with a hotplate.
Caption: Dayna Goldfine & Dan Geller, San Francisco, CA 3/19/14, Credit: Andrea Chase

THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR: SATAN CAME TO EDEN -- Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller Interview (21:31)
From: Andrea Chase

Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller talk revealing human nature, looking a Galapagos tortoise in the eye, and babysitting Cate Blanchett.
Caption: Nick Frost, San Francisco, CA 3/28/14, Credit: Andrea Chase

CUBAN FURY -- Nick Frost Interview (09:13)
From: Andrea Chase

Nick Frost talks sequins, alcohol, and why not every romantic comedy should end in a kiss.
Caption: Jonathan Glazer, San Francisco, CA  3/26/14, Credit: Andrea Chase

UNDER THE SKIN -- Jonathan Glazer Interview (14:08)
From: Andrea Chase

Jonathan Glazer talks witnessing instead of explaining, the power of mirrors, and the intimacy of being taken unawares.
Piece image

ROB THE MOB -- Raymond De Felitta Interview (14:51)
From: Andrea Chase

Raymond De Felitta talks growth, being first, and burying the past before it buries you.
Piece image

GOODBYE WORLD -- Denis Henry Hennelly Interview (15:46)
From: Andrea Chase

Denis Henry Hennelly talks unexpected politics, the symbiosis of art and commerce, and the real meaning of apocalypse.
Piece image

ANITA: SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER -- Freida Mock Interview (11:36)
From: Andrea Chase

Freida Mock talks time, perspective, and the impact of the right image.
Caption: Alex Scwartz & Denise Cascino Contemplate The Canteloupe, Credit: Andrea Chase

MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN -- Producers Alex Schwartz and Denise Cascino (13:36)
From: Andrea Chase

Producers Alex Schwartz and Denise Cascino talk serendipity, fulfilling expectations, and the physics of Mr. Peabody’s flippity-gibbet.
Caption: Tiffany Ward & Rob Minkoff, San Francisco, CA 2/21/14, Credit: Andrea Chase

Tiffany Ward & Rob Minkoff -- MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN (07:50)
From: Andrea Chase

Rob MInkoff and Tiffany Ward talk waking up in a cold sweat, restoring Mona Lisa’s eyebrows, and why the cantaloupe really is the lowest of the fruits.
Caption: Emily Pilloton, San Francisco, CA 2/10/14, Credit: Andrea Chase

IF YOU BUILD IT -- Emily Pilloton Interview (24:39)
From: Andrea Chase

Emily Pilloton of Project H talks egalitarian design, doorknob overload, and why failure is a misleading concept.

Piece Description

PARIAH began life as a feature-length script that was made into a short film. Unwilling to let that be the end of her project, writer/director Dee Rees kept working until the funding came through so that she could make her film her way. When I spoke to her on October 11, 2011, the conversation covered that before moving on to the remarkable poetry the lead charater, Alika, writes, the radical departure co-star Kim Wayans took in playing a dramatic role, and what film can do that digital just can't.

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

Andrea Chase takes you Behind the Scenes of PARIAH with writer/director Dee Rees. PARIAH, her feature film debut, follows Alika, a 17-year-old at odds with her family, but not her heart, about her sexual orientation. A lesbian looking for her first girlfriend and a way to break the news to parents that already know, but won’t admit it. She turns to her AP English teacher to get in touch with her feelings through her poetry, to her friend, Laura, an out lesbian for mentoring, and to Bina, the classmate that her mother thinks is more suitable than Laura as a friend, for a new way to see the world. The film stars Adapero Oduye at Alika, Pernell Walker as Laura, Aasha Davis as Bina, Charles Parnell as Alika’s father and Kim Wayans as her mother.

OUTRO:

Andrea Chase has taken you Behind the Scenes of PARIAH with writer/director Dee Rees.