October 7, 2017
Billie Holiday Theatre
1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn
On Saturday, Oct. 7, 6:30 pm-8 pm, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series will present an intergenerational celebration honoring trailblazing actresses Tamara Tunie (Law & Order: SVU), Nicole Beharie (Sleepy Hollow) and Vinie Burrows at our 20th Anniversary Awards ceremony. The event will be held at the newly renovated Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn. Tickets are $45 or $35 (Bring a Pal discount). Join us for another fun and inspiring evening. Special guests will be announced shortly. Seating is limited.
The legendary Vinie Burrows made her Broadway debut with Helen Hayes and Ossie Davis. Six Broadway shows followed in rapid succession. Frustrated by the available roles for persons of color, Vinie created and produced her first solo show WALK TOGETHER CHILDREN about the Black experience. Called “a magnificent performer” by the New York Times and now hailed as “a living legend,” the veteran actor has performed over 6,000 times on four continents with eight different solo productions. Her work as artist, scholar and activist has earned her many civic and academic honors.
Vinie recently starred in the Public Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the SOHO REP’s production of SAMARA. She also stars in That’s Why They Calls Us Colored, a short film directed by Malika Franklin and written by j.e. franklin. The film will premiere in Reel Sisters on Oct. 21 at Magic Johnson Theater in Harlem and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Brooklyn.
Born in Harlem Hospital and now a long time resident of the East Village, Dr. Burrows calls herself “a cultural worker” and a citizen of the world. Mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Vinie now in her 93rd year, continues her work as actor and activist.
Tamara Tunie (Law & Order: SVU) is known for delivering enthralling, charismatic and passionate performances. Her background spans film, television and stage. Tunie’s versatility has earned her the respect and admiration of her peers and a global fan base that have come to recognize her as the industry’s quiet, graceful leading lady.
Most recently, the veteran actress starred in Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan’s BUILDING THE WALL at New World Stages, directed by Ari Edelstein. The two-person political suspense thriller featured Tunie alongside James Badge Dale in a 90-minute theatrical event set in the near future and deals with one of the most talked about topics of this past election. In a time when campaign rhetoric turns into real policies, Building the Wall reveals the power of theater to question who we are and where we might be going.
Tunie starred in two seasons of the Sundance TV original series The Red Road. Her portrayal of Marie Van Der Veen, the matriarch and the “moral fiber” of a Native American tribe, brought her much acclaim. Other memorable television roles include her portrayal of Medical Examiner Melinda Warner on the NBC drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and “mean Alberta Green” in the Fox hit series 24 Season One, as well as attorney Jessica Griffin on the CBS daytime drama As the World Turns, for which she received two NAACP Image Award nominations.
In film, the Pittsburgh native has worked with some of the top directors in Hollywood, including Robert Zemekis, Taylor Hackford, Brian De Palma, Mimi Leder, Harold Becker and Oliver Stone. She also worked with the legendary Al Pacino in her portrayal of Jackie Heath, the possessed wife of a partner in his law firm in the box office topper The Devil’s Advocate, and as Pacino’s press secretary in City Hall. Among Tunie’s most unforgettable performances was her co-starring role as Margaret Thomason in the Oscar-nominated film Flight, which starred Denzel Washington. Tunie narrated Eve’s Bayou, directed by Kasi Lemmons and later worked again with her on The Caveman’s Valentine, opposite Samuel L. Jackson, for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.
Tunie extends herself beyond acting, producing and directing. She is President of the Board of Directors at Harlem Stage/The Gatehouse, a board member of God’s Love We Deliver, and she serves on the Advisory Board of Hearts of Gold.
Nicole Beharie is best known for her lead role in FOX’s hit series, SLEEPY HOLLOW. She is also an established film actress, debuting in an award-winning role in the 2008 film AMERICAN VIOLET, opposite Alfre Woodard and Will Patton. She then starred in Steve McQueen’s SHAME opposite Michael Fassbender and as the female lead in the Jackie Robinson biopic, 42, opposite Harrison Ford and Chadwick Boseman.
She will next be seen in JACOB’S LADDER, opposite Jesse Williams & Michael Ealy.
Nicole is a graduate of Juilliard Drama School and currently resides in NYC.