A proven talent as an actress, director and writer, KASI LEMMONS, continues to creatively tantalize with her thought provoking body of work.
Lemmons’ work as an actress includes roles in Jonathan Demme’s “Silence of the Lambs” opposite Jodie Foster, John Woo’s first American film, “Hard Target,” Rusty Cundieff’s parody of the rap music industry, “Fear of a Black Hat,” “Candyman” with Virginia Madsen, Spike Lee’s “School Days,” and “Vampire’s Kiss” with Nicolas Cage.
Lemmons’ first feature-length film, “Eve’s Bayou,” became the highest grossing independent film of 1997. The film won the Independent Spirit Award for “Best First Feature” and received seven NAACP “Image Award” nominations, including “Best Picture.”
For the 2002 Oscar telecast, Kasi directed a touching tribute to Sidney Poitier. She was also involved in an exploration of the roles and representations of black women in film for the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival.
She has worked extensively as a mentor and educator. For nearly years, she has been an executive board member of Film Independent, home of The Los Angeles Film Festival and The Independent Spirit Awards. She has contributed to the Film Independent Filmmaker Labs as a speaker and moderator.
Kasi is currently developing a mini-series for ABC based on the book, “The Black Calhouns”; a movie for HBO, with Oprah Winfrey’s company, based on the book “The Other Wes Moore”; and executive producing and directing a series based on the life of Madam CJ Walker starring Octavia Spencer, with Lebron James’ production company, SpringHill Entertainment.
It wasn’t until the 1980’s she was introduced to Black Theatre through an organization called AUDELCO (Audience Development Committee, Inc.). She has been involved with AUDELCO since 1983. Her roles included Volunteer, Volunteer Coordinator, Board member, Nominating Committee, Awards Member and black Theatre Awards Planner/Coordinator, and Theatre Lover.
Ms. McCants is currently the Coordinator of Volunteer Services, Take Wing and Soar Productions Inc., Secretary, Team Franco, an effort to Save and Exhibit the Gate Murals on 125th Street, by Franco the Great, Founder of Volunteer Divas & Divos Plus…Volunteers for Arts & Culture and Community and Co-Founder, Friends of Vivian Robinson-Torch Bearers for Black Theatre.