Pioneer Filmmaker Julie Dash to Direct ‘Queen Sugar’ Midseason Premiere


We are beyond excited for the mid-season premiere of the OWN hit series Queen Sugar on October 3 & 4, and equally as excited that the mid-season premiere was directed by pioneer filmmaker Julie Dash!

Last year Ava 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, and Sali Richardson-Whitefield, to name a few (all have become highly sought out episodic television directors), and the series is breaking barriers again by working with an all female directorial team for it’s second season.

If you need to catch up on the episodes, make sure you do it soon! Season 2’s midseason premiere finds Darla sharing engagement news with the family, Micah finally comes to terms with his emotions, and Charley receiving an unexpected visit!

Ms. 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.  In addition to DuVernay, the executive producers include Monica Macer and Oprah Winfrey. The series is inspired by the book by Natalie Baszile.

We are literally counting down until the mid-series premiere, and can’t wait to see how the rest of the season will unfold!  Be sure to tune in on Tuesday, October 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Wednesday, October 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.  The series will then air regularly on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.



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