In Conversation With... Lee Daniels
Writer-director Lee Daniels, Out100's 2013 Artist of the Year, joins GLAAD National Spokesperson Wilson Cruz onstage to look back at a career that includes some of the most arresting American films of the last decade: Shadowboxer, Precious, The Paperboy, and Lee Daniels' The Butler.
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Lee Daniels is an Academy Award–nominated filmmaker, and the first African American to be nominated for a Director's Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film (Precious). His films as director include Festival favourites Shadowboxer (2005), Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, winner of the 2009 People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, The Paperboy (2012) and, most recently, the box-office hit The Butler (13). Daniels' company produced bothThe Woodsman (2004) and the Academy Award–winning Monster's Ball (2001). Daniels is currently working on Fox's Empire, a family drama set in the world of a hip-hop dynasty.
Host: Wilson Cruz
Actor and activist Wilson Cruz currently serves as a full-time GLAAD staff member and national spokesperson. His involvement with LGBT advocacy began in 1995, when he accepted the GLAAD Media Award on behalf of the groundbreaking drama, My So-Called Life. He recently served on the Board of Directors for The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), and also worked at The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force as a Field Organizer, advocating in cities around the United States to expand human rights ordinances to include sexual orientation. He has been the Grand Marshal at Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, West Hollywood and San Diego Pride events.