“The distribution strategy wasn’t successful for us. The people, according to Mabry, “didn’t.” She also honours Ava DuVernay, whose movie distribution company Array assisted in bringing the movie to Netflix in 2015.
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Similar to Rees after the premiere of “Pariah,” Mabry received her first broadcast directing assignment while working with DuVernay on “Queen Sugar,” and she has continued to work steadily in Hollywood ever since.
There are, in fact, hints that something might be about to shift. Although none of the feature film ideas that Mabry is working on with four Hollywood companies have been finished, some of them include Black gay women as the main characters.
When Robinson created “D.E.B.S,” a lesbian teen espionage movie from 2004 that has since become a classic, it was still thought that portraying a lesbian could endanger one’s career.
Director Robinson was chosen by Disney studio executive Nina Jacobson to helm Lindsay Lohan’s “Herbie Reloaded” after she saw “D.E.B.S.”
at the Sundance Film Festival. Robinson became the first Black woman to direct a movie that generated more than $100 million at the box office thanks to a record-breaking $144 million in ticket sales. She appreciated Jacobson and the team, but the event had left her feeling alone.
The situation was “Me And 200 White Men,” according to Robinson.
She moved into The L-Word, a revolutionary cable series about the lives of successful lesbians in Los Angeles, and she accepted the offer from the show’s creator, Ilene Chaiken, to helm episodes of the third season. Robinson hasn’t produced any studio-backed movies since.
Her 2017 feature film “Professor Marston & the Wonder Women” was an independent production. She claims that Warner Bros. did not object when she chose to cast women of colour in the leading parts in her next all-female action film.