Pioneer filmmaker Julie Dash, director of the landmark independent film Daughters of the Dust,has been hand picked by Ava DuVernay (13th, Selma) to join the all female directorial team of Queen Sugar! Last year, DuVernay’s Queen Sugar made history with it’s all female directorial team, including Neema Barnett, Victoria Mahoney, Tanya Hamilton, So Young Kim, Tina Mabry, Sali Richardson-Whitefield, and Candler (all have become highly sought out episodic television directors), and it looks like DuVernay is getting ready to break the mold for a second season!
Dash is a legendary filmmaker who has paved the way for an entire generation of filmmakers who are pushing forward towards their artistic dreams. She broke barriers in 1992 by becoming the first African American woman to have a full-length general theatrical release in the United States with her film Daughters of the Dust. In 1999, the 25th Annual Newark Black Film Festival honored Dash and Daughters of the Dust as being one of the most important cinematic achievements in Black Cinema in the 20th century. In December 2004, The Library of Congress placed Daughters of the Dust in the National Film Registry where it joined 400 American films preserved as a National Treasures.
In addition to Daughters of the Dust, Ms. Dash has worked on films such Love Song with Monica and Tyrese, Funny Valentines with Alfre Woodard, and The Rosa Parks Story with Angela Bassett. Her most recent project, Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl, chronicles the life journey of Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor, a culinary anthropologist and griot.
Queen Sugar is produced for OWN by Warner Horizon Scripted Television. The executive producers are Ava DuVernay, Monica Macer and Oprah Winfrey. The series is inspired by the book by Natalie Baszile.
The series will return for Season 2 June 20 on OWN!