Writer/Director Numa Perrier is scheduled to be present. Set in Las Vegas in 1998, Jezebel is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story based on writer/director Numa Perrier’s own experience as a
Writer/Director Numa Perrier is scheduled to be present.
Set in Las Vegas in 1998, Jezebel is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story based on writer/director Numa Perrier’s own experience as a webcam girl in Sin City. In the last days of her mother’s life, 19-year-old Tiffany (Tiffany Tenille) crashes with five family members in a Las Vegas studio apartment. In order to make ends meet, Tiffany’s sister Sabrina (Numa Perrier), a phone sex operator, introduces her to the world of internet fetish cam girls. Kellee Terrell (NBCNews.com) said of the film “ … the storytelling in Jezebel is full of life. It’s adorned with emotion, grit, and heart, but most importantly, it’s rich in creating spaces for Black women’s sexuality to develop, expand, and awaken on-screen, a rarity in film.” The film was shot in the same building as Perrier’s actual former residence, which she found to be virtually unchanged from the time she lived there. Contains mature content.
R | 2019 | 2K DCP
Directed by Numa Perrier
Free, but ticketed
Numa Perrier: The Politics of Pleasure
Running the Screen: Directed by Women is a month-long film screening, public conversation, and masterclass series celebrating and affirming the pioneering contributions of women to the art of filmmaking. IU Cinema has dedicated its entire September 2019 programming line-up to films directed by women in celebration of September as Woman Director Awareness Month.
Speakers for this event
Born in Haiti and raised in “small town USA,” Numa Perrier is an actress, filmmaker, and artist. Her feature-film directorial debut, Jezebel, premiered at SXSW 2019 (with three sold-out screenings), landing on The Hollywood Reporter’s Critics Choice list and named by IndieWire as a must-see film at the festival. Perrier developed the script for Jezebel as part of the Tribeca Film Institute’s Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program, which provides development and funding support to emerging U.S.-based female writers and directors. Soon after SXSW, she joined the ranks of the all-female directing team on the fourth season of the television show Queen Sugar, which was created and executive produced by Ava DuVernay for the Oprah Winfrey Network. In 2011, Perrier co-founded the online platform Black&Sexy TV, an entertainment and lifestyle network focused on a young, progressive, Black audience, which featured early work from Lena Waithe and Issa Rae. Perrier has guest starred on Showtime’s SMILF, in an acclaimed story arc about immigrants, and is currently in development on her follow-up feature, Blood Mother, via her boutique production arm, House of Numa.