Neema Barnette

Neema Barnette

Highest Rated: 20% Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day (2012)

Lowest Rated: 16% Civil Brand (2002)

Birthday: Dec 14, 1949

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Neema Barnette Prominent and prolific, director and producer Neema Barnette has engaged audiences with a body of compelling socially- and politically-charged work that defies the narrow stereotypes of African-Americans usually depicted in entertainment. Working in both television and film, Barnette has earned the respect of peers and critics alike by winning countless accolades, including an Emmy Award for her after school special, "To Be A Man." With her recent transition to feature films, Barnette has realized the need to expand her audience beyond the young urban crowd and attract all people to her work. Born and raised in Harlem, Barnette made her first foray into entertainment as an actor while a student at New York's High School for the Performing Arts. She later attended NYU and moved on to directing at the insistence of theatrical producer Joseph Papp, who saw in her a unique visual style. She directed "The Blue Journey," by playwright OyamO (a.k.a. Charles Gordon), for Papp's Public Theater. This eventually led to her directing "To Be A Man" and winning the Emmy Award that would open many doors for her. Barnette later earned an NAACP Image Award for the NBC special, "One More Hurdle" (1984), the true story of Donna Marie Cheek and her struggle to become the first African-American member of the U.S. Olympic Equestrian team. Also at this time, Barnette was accepted to the Directing Workshop for Women at the American Film Institute (AFI), where she directed the independent film, "Sky Captain" (1985), a surreal fantasy about a suicidal Peter Pan lurking about the Bronx. Next up for Barnette was the documentary, "The Silent Crime," which earned four local Emmy nominations and an award for directing from American Women in Radio & Television.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
20% 69% Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day Director $1.3M 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Heaven Ain't Hard to Find Director - 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Super Sweet 16: The Movie Director - 2007
No Score Yet 76% All You've Got Director - 2006
No Score Yet 83% Cuttin' da Mustard Executive Producer - 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sisters in Cinema Self - 2003
16% 81% Civil Brand Director,
Producer
$243.3K 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Close to Danger Director - 1997
No Score Yet 47% Spirit Lost Director - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story Director - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sin and Redemption Director - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Scattered Dreams: The Kathryn Messenger Story Director - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Better Off Dead Director - 1993

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Paradise Lost Director 2020
100% 85% Jane The Virgin Director 2020
92% 50% Black Lightning Director 2019
61% 87% Midnight, Texas Director 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kimmie's Kitchen Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Miracle's Boys Director 2005
85% 85% Gilmore Girls Director 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder Director 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet 7th Heaven Director 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet It's a Living Director 1988-1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Frank's Place Director 1987

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