“I want to do what is unexpected of me. You should never see me coming. I don’t want to be labeled as a black filmmaker, I am a filmmaker, ” said SXSW Film Keynote Speaker, Lee Daniels, on Sunday, March 12, at the 2017 SXSW Conference.
Lee Daniels is a widely recognized director, writer, producer, and philanthropist in both the film and television space. He is perhaps best known for the 2013 critically acclaimed box office smash Lee Daniels’ The Butler, in addition to his 2009 feature Precious: Based on the Novel by Sapphire, which was nominated for six Academy Awards including “Best Motion Picture of the Year” and “Best Achievement in Directing.” The film also made history as Daniels became the first African-American to be nominated for the DGA’s Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film Award.
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2017 SXSW Conference Speaker, Lee Daniels – Photo by Dave Pedley/Getty Images