Kasi Lemmons was born on February 24, 1961 in St. Louis, Missouri. She made her acting debut in the television movie "11th Victim" in 1979. During her younger years she performed with the Boston Children’s Theater. She later attended New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts but later transferred to U.C.L.A. to study history. She eventually left U.C.L.A. and enrolled in the film program at the New School for Social Research.
Kasi has appeared in numerous films including "School Daze," "Vampire’s Kiss," "Silence of the Lambs" and "Fear of a Black Hat."
Kasi's tv guest appearances include "Spenser For Hire," "The Cosby Show" and "E.R."
In 1997 Kasi directed the highly acclaimed film "Eve’s Bayou" starring Samuel L. Jackson, Lynn Whitfield, Debbi Morgan, Diahann Carroll and Jurnee Smollett. In 2001 she directed Samuel L. Jackson in the film "The Caveman’s Valentine."
In 2002 Kasi conceived and helmed the tribute to Sidney Poitier for the 74th Annual Academy Award show. Shortly afterwards it was announced that Kasi would direct "The Battle of Cloverfield," a supernatural thriller about a small Southern town that becomes haunted by its ghosts, from her own script for producer Laura Ziskin and Columbia Pictures.
Kasi is married to actor/director Vondie Curtis Hall and they have 2 children.
Kasi's film credits include the following:
- Liar's Dice (1998)
- Til There Was You (1997)
- Gridlock'd (1997)
- Zooman (1995)(Tv Movie)
- Drop Squad (1994)
- Override (1994)(Tv Movie)
- Fear of a Black Hat (1993)
- Hard Target (1993)
- Candyman (1992)
- Afterburn (1992)(Tv Movie)
- The Five Heartbeats (1991)
- The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
- The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (1990)(Tv Movie)
- The Court Martial of Jackie Robinson (1990)(Tv Movie)
- Vampire's Kiss (1989)
- School Daze (1988)
- The Gift of Amazing Grace (1986)(Tv Movie)
- 11th Victim (1979)(Tv Movie)
Kasi's director credits:
- Talk To Me (2007)
- The Caveman's Valentine (2001)
- Dr. Hugo (1998)
- Eve's Bayou (1997)
Check out the following sites for additional information about Kasi:
Kasi Lemmons@Internet Movie Database
PopMatters Interview with Kasi Lemmons
Reel Conversations with Kasi Lemmons
Kasi Lemmons News
Kasi Lemmons News, Interviews & Updates