Kasi Lemmons

Kasi Lemmons (born Karen Lemmons on February 24, 1961) is an American film director and actress, most notable for her work on the films Eve's Bayou, The Caveman's Valentine and Talk to Me. Lemmons was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of a poet/psychotherapist mother and a biology teacher father.  When Lemmons was eight years old, her parents divorced, and she and her mother and two sisters moved to Newton, Massachusetts. Her mother remarried when she was nine. Her passion for movies came at an early age, but becoming a director was her goal. "I wanted to do something more meaningful than going to auditions…" Lemmons is married to actor and director Vondie Curtis-Hall. They have a son, Henry Hunter (born 1996), and a daughter, Zora (1999). Lemmons states that her husband is immensely supportive and feels that he is more relaxed than she is. Compared to how he works, she prefers the pressure of working on a set with the actors. As a director and a mother, Lemmons says that it gives her perspective. Her life outside of the movie set and Hollywood has kept her grounded. Though she is a Black woman, Lemmons identifies herself as an artist first and foremost in her career. "…I don’t wake up every day saying I’m a Black woman because it’s too given, but I wake up every day feeling like an artist and I feel I’m an artist." Description above from the Wikipedia article Kasi Lemmons, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Candyman (1992)

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The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bernard Rose
CAST:  Virginia Madsen  •  Tony Todd  •  Xander Berkeley  •  Kasi Lemmons

The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bernard Rose
CAST:  Virginia Madsen  •  Tony Todd  •  Xander Berkeley  •  Kasi Lemmons

Eve's Bayou (1997)

Summer heats up in rural Louisiana beside Eve’s Bayou, 1962, as the Batiste family tries to survive the secrets they’ve kept and the betrayals they’ve endured.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kasi Lemmons
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Jurnee Smollett  •  Meagan Good  •  Lynn Whitfield

Summer heats up in rural Louisiana beside Eve’s Bayou, 1962, as the Batiste family tries to survive the secrets they’ve kept and the betrayals they’ve endured.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kasi Lemmons
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Jurnee Smollett  •  Meagan Good  •  Lynn Whitfield

School Daze (1988)

Fraternity and sorority members clash with other students at a historically black college during homecoming weekend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Lee
CAST:  Laurence Fishburne  •  Joe Seneca  •  Giancarlo Esposito  •  Jasmine Guy

Fraternity and sorority members clash with other students at a historically black college during homecoming weekend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Lee
CAST:  Laurence Fishburne  •  Joe Seneca  •  Giancarlo Esposito  •  Jasmine Guy

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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Clarice Starling is a top student at the FBI's training academy. Jack Crawford wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Jodie Foster  •  Lawrence A. Bonney  •  Kasi Lemmons  •  Lawrence T. Wrentz

Clarice Starling is a top student at the FBI's training academy. Jack Crawford wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Jodie Foster  •  Lawrence A. Bonney  •  Kasi Lemmons  •  Lawrence T. Wrentz

Vampire's Kiss (1988)

A publishing executive is visited and bitten by a vampire and starts exhibiting erratic behavior. He pushes his secretary to extremes as he tries to come to terms with his affliction. The vampire continues to visit and drink his blood, and as his madness deepens, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Bierman
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  María Conchita Alonso  •  Jennifer Beals  •  Elizabeth Ashley

A publishing executive is visited and bitten by a vampire and starts exhibiting erratic behavior. He pushes his secretary to extremes as he tries to come to terms with his affliction. The vampire continues to visit and drink his blood, and as his madness deepens, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Bierman
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  María Conchita Alonso  •  Jennifer Beals  •  Elizabeth Ashley

Waist Deep (2006)

An ex-convict (Tyrese) gets tangled up with a gang after his car is hijacked with his son inside.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vondie Curtis-Hall
CAST:  Tyrese Gibson  •  Meagan Good  •  Larenz Tate  •  Henry Hunter Hall

An ex-convict (Tyrese) gets tangled up with a gang after his car is hijacked with his son inside.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vondie Curtis-Hall
CAST:  Tyrese Gibson  •  Meagan Good  •  Larenz Tate  •  Henry Hunter Hall

Fear of a Black Hat (1994)

Chronicling the controversial career of bad boys N.W.H. (Niggaz With Hats), this uproarious 'mockumentary' lampoons all of hardcore rap's hot-button issues. This underground laugh riot recounts the rise, fall and resurrection of a clueless bunch of would-be rappers ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rusty Cundieff
CAST:  Larry B. Scott  •  Mark Christopher Lawrence  •  Rusty Cundieff  •  Kasi Lemmons

Chronicling the controversial career of bad boys N.W.H. (Niggaz With Hats), this uproarious 'mockumentary' lampoons all of hardcore rap's hot-button issues. This underground laugh riot recounts the rise, fall and resurrection of a clueless bunch of would-be rappers ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rusty Cundieff
CAST:  Larry B. Scott  •  Mark Christopher Lawrence  •  Rusty Cundieff  •  Kasi Lemmons

Hard Target (1993)

When a woman's father goes missing, she enlists a local to aid in her search. The pair soon discover that her father has died at the hands of a wealthy sportsman who hunts homeless men as a form of recreation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Arnold Vosloo  •  Lance Henriksen  •  Yancy Butler

When a woman's father goes missing, she enlists a local to aid in her search. The pair soon discover that her father has died at the hands of a wealthy sportsman who hunts homeless men as a form of recreation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Arnold Vosloo  •  Lance Henriksen  •  Yancy Butler

The Caveman's Valentine (2001)

In this spine-tingling and visually stunning thriller, Academy Award®-nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Unbreakable, Shaft, Pulp Fiction delivers a "full-throttle performance" (People) as Romulus Ledbetter, a misunderstood musician turned recluse, hiding from personal ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kasi Lemmons
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Colm Feore  •  Ann Magnuson  •  Aunjanue Ellis

In this spine-tingling and visually stunning thriller, Academy Award®-nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Unbreakable, Shaft, Pulp Fiction delivers a "full-throttle performance" (People) as Romulus Ledbetter, a misunderstood musician turned recluse, hiding from personal ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kasi Lemmons
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Colm Feore  •  Ann Magnuson  •  Aunjanue Ellis

Black Nativity (2013)

A street-wise teen from Baltimore who has been raised by a single mother travels to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives, where he embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kasi Lemmons
CAST:  Angela Bassett  •  Forest Whitaker  •  Jennifer Hudson  •  Vondie Curtis-Hall

A street-wise teen from Baltimore who has been raised by a single mother travels to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives, where he embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kasi Lemmons
CAST:  Angela Bassett  •  Forest Whitaker  •  Jennifer Hudson  •  Vondie Curtis-Hall

Disconnect (2012)

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Disconnect interweaves multiple storylines about people searching for human connection in today’s wired world. Through poignant turns that are both harrowing and touching, the stories intersect with surprising twists that expose a shocking reality into our daily ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Alex Rubin
CAST:  Jason Bateman  •  Hope Davis  •  Frank Grillo  •  Paula Patton

Disconnect interweaves multiple storylines about people searching for human connection in today’s wired world. Through poignant turns that are both harrowing and touching, the stories intersect with surprising twists that expose a shocking reality into our daily ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Alex Rubin
CAST:  Jason Bateman  •  Hope Davis  •  Frank Grillo  •  Paula Patton

The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson (1990)

A film about the early life of the baseball star in the army, particulary his court-martial for insubordination regarding segragation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Peerce
CAST:  Andre Braugher  •  Daniel Stern  •  Ruby Dee  •  Stan Shaw

A film about the early life of the baseball star in the army, particulary his court-martial for insubordination regarding segragation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Peerce
CAST:  Andre Braugher  •  Daniel Stern  •  Ruby Dee  •  Stan Shaw

Drop Squad (1994)

Controversial film about an underground organization that kidnaps and 'deprograms' African Americans who sell out or deny their cultural heritage. Spike Lee is the Executive Producer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David C. Johnson
CAST:  Eriq La Salle  •  Vondie Curtis-Hall  •  Ving Rhames  •  Kasi Lemmons

Controversial film about an underground organization that kidnaps and 'deprograms' African Americans who sell out or deny their cultural heritage. Spike Lee is the Executive Producer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David C. Johnson
CAST:  Eriq La Salle  •  Vondie Curtis-Hall  •  Ving Rhames  •  Kasi Lemmons

The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (1990)

After a series of small tremors in Los Angeles, Dr. Clare Winslow, a local seismologist, pinpoints the exact location and time of when the long awaited earthquake--"The Big One"--will strike southern California. With this information, she must battle city officials ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Elikann
CAST:  Joanna Kerns  •  Dan Lauria  •  Bonnie Bartlett  •  Lindsay Frost

After a series of small tremors in Los Angeles, Dr. Clare Winslow, a local seismologist, pinpoints the exact location and time of when the long awaited earthquake--"The Big One"--will strike southern California. With this information, she must battle city officials ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Elikann
CAST:  Joanna Kerns  •  Dan Lauria  •  Bonnie Bartlett  •  Lindsay Frost

Afterburn (1992)

Based on a true story, one woman takes on the U.S. military and General Dynamics; maker of the F-16, thought to be the very best tactical fighter in the world. Air Force Captain Theodore T. Harduvel was one of the best F-16 pilots the U.S. had to offer. After much ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Markowitz
CAST:  Laura Dern  •  Robert Loggia  •  Vincent Spano  •  Michael Rooker

Based on a true story, one woman takes on the U.S. military and General Dynamics; maker of the F-16, thought to be the very best tactical fighter in the world. Air Force Captain Theodore T. Harduvel was one of the best F-16 pilots the U.S. had to offer. After much ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Markowitz
CAST:  Laura Dern  •  Robert Loggia  •  Vincent Spano  •  Michael Rooker

Til There Was You (1997)

Two strangers, whose paths are always crossing, finally meet when fate steps in. It took them twenty years to fall in love at first sight.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Scott Winant
CAST:  Sarah Jessica Parker  •  Jeanne Tripplehorn  •  Dylan McDermott  •  Karen Allen

Two strangers, whose paths are always crossing, finally meet when fate steps in. It took them twenty years to fall in love at first sight.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Scott Winant
CAST:  Sarah Jessica Parker  •  Jeanne Tripplehorn  •  Dylan McDermott  •  Karen Allen

11th Victim (1979)

An Anchorwoman from Iowa goes to Hollywood to search for the truth about the murder of her sister. Her is sister is the 11th victim of a Serial Killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Kaplan
CAST:  Bess Armstrong  •  Max Gail  •  Harold Gould  •  Pamela Ludwig

An Anchorwoman from Iowa goes to Hollywood to search for the truth about the murder of her sister. Her is sister is the 11th victim of a Serial Killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Kaplan
CAST:  Bess Armstrong  •  Max Gail  •  Harold Gould  •  Pamela Ludwig

Talk to Me (2007)

The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kasi Lemmons
CAST:  Don Cheadle  •  Chiwetel Ejiofor  •  Taraji P. Henson  •  Martin Sheen

The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kasi Lemmons
CAST:  Don Cheadle  •  Chiwetel Ejiofor  •  Taraji P. Henson  •  Martin Sheen

Half the Picture (2018)

At a pivotal moment for gender equality in Hollywood, successful women directors tell the stories of their art, lives and careers. Having endured a long history of systemic discrimination, women filmmakers may be getting the first glimpse of a future that values ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Amy Adrion
CAST:  Rosanna Arquette  •  Lena Dunham  •  Sam Taylor-Johnson  •  Ava DuVernay

At a pivotal moment for gender equality in Hollywood, successful women directors tell the stories of their art, lives and careers. Having endured a long history of systemic discrimination, women filmmakers may be getting the first glimpse of a future that values ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Amy Adrion
CAST:  Rosanna Arquette  •  Lena Dunham  •  Sam Taylor-Johnson  •  Ava DuVernay

Harriet (2019)

The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kasi Lemmons
CAST:  Cynthia Erivo  •  Leslie Odom Jr.  •  Joe Alwyn  •  Janelle Monáe

The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kasi Lemmons
CAST:  Cynthia Erivo  •  Leslie Odom Jr.  •  Joe Alwyn  •  Janelle Monáe
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