New Year’s Wisdom from Filmmaker Lee Daniels

Just in time for the ideal reflections on the new year ahead, I sat down with filmmaker Lee Daniels on a terrace overlooking the splendid Arabian Gulf during the recent Dubai International Film Festival. Daniels served as Jury President for the Muhr Feature Competition in Dubai and turned out to be the best interview, the kind that simply “shut it down” for me — as Rachel Zoe would put it. In fact, after speaking with Daniels, I found it difficult to interview anyone else. Probably because, through his great wit, the wonderful self-mocking way he talks about his work and himself, I learned so much, I didn’t really need anything more.

For his complete wisdoms, you’ll have to check out my piece on The Huffington Post.

But I leave you with a suggested list of films from Daniels, worth watching:

The Paperboy, 2012 — starring Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack and Zac Efron.

Lee Daniels’ The Butler, 21013 — starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and John Cusack.

Precious, 2009 — starring Gabourey Sidibe, Mo’Nique and Paula Patton.

And not to be forgotten, Daniels’ upcoming foray into television, Empire, starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, which will be premiering on US network FOX on January 7th.

Top image courtesy of DIFF, photo by Andrew H. Walker, used with permission.


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