Ava DuVernay has announced the first three directors for Season 2 of Queen Sugar. Cheryl Dunye and Aurora Guerrero will join Kat Chandler who was one of the directors during season 1. 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!
Writer-director Cheryl Dunye began her career with six short films which have been collected on DVD as The Early Works of Cheryl Dunye. Her feature debut was The Watermelon Woman (1996), a film which explored the history of black women and lesbians in film, and made cinematic history as the first feature-length narrative film written and directed by an out black lesbian about black lesbians. Dunye’s second feature was the HBO produced television movie Stranger Inside, and she went on to direct My Baby’s Daddy in 2004 and The Owls in 2010. In addition to making films, Dunye is an assistant professor of cinema at SF State, and a recent recipient of the prestigious 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Dunye is constantly engaging audiences with socially compelling content that defies the stereotypes of how women and people of color have been depicted on screen, and we are looking forward to the magic that she will bring to season 2 of Queen Sugar.
Queen Sugar is an adaptation of Natalie Baszile’s novel of the same name and follows the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings in Saint Josephine, Louisiana: Nova (Rutina Wesley); a world-wise journalist and activist, Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner); the savvy wife and manager of a professional basketball star, and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe); a formerly incarcerated young father in search of redemption. After a family tragedy, the Bordelons must navigate the triumphs and struggles of their complicated lives when they inherit an ailing sugarcane farm in the Deep South.
The premiere date for season 2 has yet to be released; however, we will certainly keep you posted!