Neema Barnette

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 ... Read more »
Born: 12/14/1949

Filmography

Director (20)

Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

All You've Got 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Director

Civil Brand 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

A Different World 1989 - 1991, 1993 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

The PJs 1993 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

The Sinbad Show 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

7th Heaven 1993 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Director

Deadly Games 1993 - 1996, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Director

Diagnosis Murder 1993 - 1994, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Director

Spirit Lost 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Scattered Dreams: The Kathryn Messenger Story 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Director

Better Off Dead 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Director

Different Worlds: A Story of Interracial Love 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Director

Are You With Me? 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

One More Hurdle 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Director

Close to Danger (TV Show)

Director

My Super Sweet 16: The Movie (TV Show)

Director

Sin and Redemption (TV Show)

Director

Zora Is My Name! (TV Show)

Director
Producer (1)

Civil Brand 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

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.

EDUCATION

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1982

AFI Conservatory

1982

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